The National Football League's leading receiver in 2020, Stefon Diggs, has had Oct. 10 circled on his calendar for quite some time. That’s when he and the Bills will face the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, where Buffalo's season ended last year in the AFC Championship Game.
The Chiefs held court with a decisive win over Buffalo in January’s AFC Championship, a loss that still eats at Diggs almost nine months later.
“I didn’t want to run from defeat,” said Diggs, explaining why he stayed behind after the final whistle, watching the Chiefs celebrate from afar. “Be still. Be in it. Embrace the moment take it for what it is … you came up short. Get back in the lab and get back to the grind.”
The Bills got off to an inauspicious start this season, dropping their season opener to the Pittsburgh Steelers before rattling off consecutive victories over the Miami Dolphins, Washington Football Team and Houston Texans, outscoring those teams by a combined 118-21 margin.
With Buffalo’s offense rounding into form, Diggs seems plenty confident ahead of this week’s rematch with the Chiefs, who have surprisingly dropped two of their last three games.
“I’m all about the hostile environments,” said Diggs, who expects a raucous atmosphere for Sunday night’s showdown at Arrowhead Stadium. “I love everything about it. I love not being able to hear.”
Facing a broken Chiefs defense that has yielded over 31 points per-game this year (second-most to the Atlanta Falcons), Diggs anticipates a monster game for a Bills passing game firing on all cylinders.
“What’s the maximum confidence you can have?” asked Diggs, who cruised to a season-high 114 yards in last week’s rout of Houston. “You always want to have confidence, but we’re more of the worker bee mindset, as far as each and every week is [a chance to] get better.”
While last Sunday’s primetime game was a defensive struggle—the Pats and Bucs combined for just 36 points—this week’s should be the opposite with FanDuel setting the over/under at a head-turning 56.5.