Bengals ‘don’t care who’s favorite’ after Bills-Chiefs ‘spoils’ their plans

The Cincinnati Bengals enjoyed causing problems for those forming plans for a neutral AFC Championship Game as they beat the Buffalo Bills to secure another road game at the Kansas City Chiefs.

On Sunday, Victory for the Bills would see them face the Chiefs in Atlanta as the regular season game between the teams was canceled when Damar Hamlin suffered a heart attack.

The NFL even kicked off moving ticket sales that did a great job with the game just a week away, but after the Bengals win 27-10 at Buffalo, there will be no need for an alternate plan anymore.

Joe Burrow had control of the Bengals from the start and had advice for those planning the Bills to play the Chiefs.

“You better send those refunds,” he told CBS.

Coach Zac Taylor added with a grin at a press conference: “We decided to go to Kansas City and play.

“It’s tough because they have to formulate plans for coin flips, they have to formulate plans for neutral site games, and we keep screwing that up for everybody.

“I hate it for people who have to put up with all these logistical problems. We keep screwing things up, so I’m sorry.”

The Bengals won last year’s AFC Championship Game in Kansas City and Taylor has no doubt they can repeat it.

“We were built for this,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of us.

“We don’t care who’s a favourite, that’s what we were made for. We’re excited to make our way to Kansas City.”

The Bills were 13-1 in home playoff games during the Super Bowl era, but that record provided only one source of motivation for Taylor’s team.

“You’re looking at leadership across our entire team, in every position,” he said.

“Last night we talked about how they were 13-1 in the playoffs, the best home win percentage in NFL history. I wanted to show that to the team because I knew what that would do to them.

“They wouldn’t be afraid to say, ‘Oh my God, we’re entering a world where people don’t win.’ For ours it was just the opposite. It was.”

Burrow completed his first nine passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns, giving the Bengals a 14-0 lead before the Bills took their first defeat.

“He’s the best,” Taylor said. “He does a great job leading this team, managing situations. The bigger the moment, the calmer it gets and the team feeds off of it.”

But Burrow was keen to direct the credit to the offensive line, where key personnel were missing but the quarterback only took a single sack.

“It was one of the best games of the year – no rush, no pass,” Burrow said. “It may be the most complete game of the year as a team.”

Burrow, like Taylor, is confident in the team’s chances against the Chiefs and believes they are now better than they did when they won that game last year.

“I think we’re a more complete team, I think we’re a better team,” he explained. “We seem to be playing games when it matters. That’s all there is to say.

“I think our O-line is better, I think our running game is better, I think our defense is better, I think our special teams are better. Overall we are a much better team than we were last year.”

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