Josh Allen on facing Chiefs: It’s Week Five, that’s all it is

With the Bills headed to Kansas City this weekend, there’s a lot of talk about their matchup with the Chiefs being a rematch of last year’s AFC finalists.

The Chiefs beat the Bills 38-24 to advance to the Super Bowl in that January matchup, but quarterback Josh Allen is downplaying any storyline linking that game to the one that will be played on a Sunday night. Allen said that he understands the narrative while emphasizing the need to keep thoughts on this being Week Five of a different season than the one that ended in disappointment for Buffalo.

“That’s all it is, it’s Week Five,” Allen said, via the team’s website. “I would assume that they’re thinking the same thing. Everybody wants to make this big deal about the AFC Championship rematch, and I get that’s what it is. But it’s a new year and this team’s different than last year and their team’s different than last year. . . . Whether we win or lose, we’re not going to let this game define who we are. We’re going to have to keep learning and keep growing as the season goes on. But it is the biggest game because it’s the next one. All of our attention is focused on this one.”

A win isn’t going to do anything to change what happened in January, but it will serve as a measuring stick for this season and a Buffalo win would leave them at the front of the pack in the chase for this year’s Super Bowl.