The Buffalo Bills needed a win on Saturday against the Denver Broncos to take the AFC East and they did so, with a 48-19 pummeling. Quarterback Josh Allen was sharp throughout, as he picked apart the Broncos for 359 yards passing, two touchdowns and ran three times for 33 yards and two more touchdowns.
The New England Patriots have won 11 straight AFC East titles and 17 of the past 19 in their well documented dominance over the last two decades, but everything ends at some point and the Bills have taken the division for the first time in 25 years.
At 11-3, the Bills are the No. 3 seed in the AFC, behind the No. 1 seed Kansas City Chiefs and the team they beat last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Home field advantage isn’t as advantageous as it usually is due to small to no crowds in the Covid-19 era. Abd the Bills have lost to the Chiefs already, which makes the No. 1 seed nearly impossible to get. That means the Bills don’t have all that much to play for in the last two games against the Patriots and Dolphins.
Allen has reasserted himself into the MVP race after a late season surge. He now has passed over 4,000 yards, thrown for 30 touchdowns to nine interceptions and rushed for 388 yards and eight touchdowns.
The addition of Stefon Diggs has been an extreme boost to Allen and this Bills offense this season. In this game, Diggs went over 100 receptions, breaking the Bills record for moat receptions in a season set by Eric Moulds in 2002. On the day, he caught 11-of-13 targets for 147 yards. Diggs is now at 111 receptions for 1,314 yards and has taken the NFL lead from Travis Kelce, at least for a day.