Four players to watch when KC Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills Sunday evening at Arrowhead

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The Chiefs take on the Buffalo Bills in an NFL heavyweight showdown Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

The two teams know each other well: Sunday marks their fourth meeting over the past two seasons, including the postseason, with the Chiefs going 2-1 in that span. Their lone loss came in Week 5, when the Bills won 38-20 at Arrowhead.

There are higher stakes this time around, as the winner advances to the AFC Championship Game.

Both teams possess rosters full of elite talent, so we should be in for a highly entertaining contest. With that in mind, here’s a look at some players, besides obvious stars like Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Bills quarterback Josh Allen, to keep an eye on Sunday.

Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay Jr.

His recent arrest aside, Gay projects to play a big role in keeping a close eye on Josh Allen, one of the NFL’s most mobile quarterbacks ... provided he plays. Gay started the 2021 season on IR with a toe injury and was activated the same week the Chiefs played the Bills. The Chiefs limited Gay’s playing time in his first game back: He saw action on just 25 defensive snaps. Now fully healthy, Gay is a mainstay on the Chiefs’ defense and the team needs his speed to help contain Allen, who rushed for 59 yards and a TD in Week 5.

Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones

He was sidelined for the Chiefs’ Week 5 game against the Bills with a wrist injury. And his game-wrecking ability was missed. The Chiefs’ defense sputtered early in the year with Jones hurt, but things picked up when he returned to the lineup. His presence, combined with pass rusher Melvin Ingram’s arrival via a trade with Pittsburgh, turned the Kansas City defense into one of the NFL’s best. Jones will help with the inside pass rush against the mobile Allen, while Ingram and defensive end Frank Clark will help set the edges.

Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs

One of the enduring images of the Chiefs’ 38-24 win in last year’s AFC Championship Game was Diggs remaining on the field at Arrowhead Stadium to watch the Chiefs hoist the Lamar Hunt Trophy. Extra motivation? Perhaps, and Diggs can produce: He totaled six catches for 77 yards in the last year’s AFC title game and two catches for 69 yards in the Bills’ 38-20 win in Week 5.

Bills safety Micah Hyde

It remains to be seen whether Hyde will make a jaw-dropping interception on Sunday like he did last weekend against the New England Patriots. But make no mistake, the second-team All-Pro will have a say in whether the Chiefs are able to attack Buffalo successfully downfield. Hyde is responsible for keeping everything in front of him. He has the speed to cover a lot of ground and the athleticism needed to deliver the kind of plays the Bills made against the Patriots last weekend.

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