The Buffalo Bills avenged their loss in last season's AFC Championship Game on Sunday night with a 38-20 beatdown of the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, 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 said on "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.
"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 on Sunday. The fourth-year starter completed 15-of-26 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns in the air, and also ran for a team-high 59 yards on 11 attempts with a score on the ground.
Through five games this season, 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 prime-time 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 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Bills currently have a league-high 98% chance to reach the playoffs and a 94% chance to win the AFC East.
You can listen to the entire Bills conversation between Dawkins and Gelb below: