Dawkins: If Bills win Super Bowl, 'a quarter of the city might burn down… a good burn'


The Buffalo Bills avenged their loss in last season's AFC championship game with a 38-20 beatdown of the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, solidifying themselves as surefire favorites to win the conference this season.

And if the franchise slays its old playoff demons and brings a long-coveted Lombardi Trophy home to Buffalo, expect Bills Mafia-branded hysteria across the city, according to Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins.

"Everything is bigger than football. You can make a touchdown pass, you can make a touchdown catch, you can make an amazing block, and it'll affect somebody in a certain way," Dawkins told The Zach Gelb Show on Monday. "Our entire town feeds off of us. And when we win, the whole city wins. Everybody's confident, every household is in a good mood.

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"And it just means the world to myself and my teammates that we have such a fanbase that backs us the way that they do. I honestly think that a quarter of the city might burn down [if we win]. A good burn. Man, I would love to see it. But I just hope when that day comes, our city is well prepared for whatever the Mafia comes up with."

Dawkins and Buffalo's offensive line dominated in the trenches for their MVP candidate quarterback, Josh Allen. The fourth-year starter completed 15 of 26 passes for 315 yards with four total touchdowns, and also ran for a team-high 59 yards on 11 attempts. Through five games, the Bills rank first in the league in average points (34.4) and eighth in average yards (410.4).

Allen doesn't deserve all the credit for the primetime drubbing in Kansas City. Buffalo's defense overwhelmed Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, forcing four turnovers -- two interceptions and two fumbles -- with two sacks. The unit currently ranks first in the NFL in average yards (251.8), points (12.8), and takeaways (15).

Buffalo (4-1) will visit the Tennessee Titans (3-2) in a Week 6 matchup on Monday, Oct. 18. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Bills currently have a league-high 98-percent chance to reach the playoffs and a 94-percent chance to win the AFC East.

The entire Bills conversation between Dawkins and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.

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