Do Bills or Chiefs need top seed in AFC more?

Andrew Fillipponi and Danny Parkins of the Audacy Original Podcast “1st & Pod” debate the matter

(Audacy Sports/WGR 550) - The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs are battling for position atop the AFC standings. Both teams are at 6-2 through eight weeks, but Buffalo won their head-to-head matchup this season, 24-20, in Week 6 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Home-field advantage is huge in the playoffs, and both the Bills and Chiefs will continue to push for the top seed in the second half.

But which team needs the top seed more?

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Andrew Fillipponi and Danny Parkins of the Audacy Original Podcast “1st & Pod” debated whether the Bills or Chiefs need the top seed in the AFC more.

“I think it’s got to be Buffalo just because 13 seconds,” Parkins said. “I know they’ve proven that they can win at Arrowhead but not in the postseason. The Chiefs, because of their pedigree, because of their AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl appearances and the ring on their finger, and coach and quarterback having done it, they know they can win anywhere.”

The Chiefs have made the playoffs in seven-consecutive seasons, including four-straight AFC Championship Game appearances. They made it to the Super Bowl in back-to-back seasons, beating the San Francisco 49ers in the 2019 campaign before losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following year.

The Chiefs eliminated the Bills in each of the last two playoffs with both games at Arrowhead Stadium. To this point, Buffalo has shown they can win in Kansas City, but only in the regular season.

“So while the Bills would go into Arrowhead for an AFC Title Game and say we’ve won here on 'Sunday Night Football', we’ve won here on National TV, we’ve blown ‘em out. In the postseason, you would think human nature would have an inkling of doubt in the back of the minds of guys on the Bills more so than the Chiefs,” Parkins continued. “And then you add in the Josh Allen injury as a variable there. I think the answer is Buffalo, but obviously, both teams desperately would want it and benefit from it.”

On the other hand, there’s an argument to be made for the Chiefs. While they’ve dominated the AFC playoffs in recent years, all of their games were at home.

“The reason why I do think there’s a case to say Kansas City is that they’ve been fortunate that every year with Mahomes it ended up going through Kansas City. Whether they were the top seed or they were a second seed and the No. 1 seed got knocked off and it created that road that detoured through Kansas City,” Fillipponi said.

“Have they proven to be a great team? Yeah, obviously … but they haven’t been a road-warrior team in the playoffs. So in that regard, I think you can say Buffalo has won at Kansas City, has Kansas City – they went to San Francisco and won this year – but they haven’t proven that they can win playoff games on the road yet because they’re usually too good.”

It’s going to be an interesting second half of the season, as Buffalo and Kansas City jockey for the top seed in the AFC. Hear more from the latest episode of "1st & Pod" available in the player below:

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