OPINION: Howard Picks the Bills: AFC Championship Game

Does Howard Simon pick the Bills to win the Super Bowl for a third consecutive week?
By WGR 550 SportsRadio

Here's something that you may not have heard in a while, or possibly never heard: The Buffalo Bills are two wins away from winning the Super Bowl.

Buffalo is getting set to play in the team's first AFC Championship Game since the 1993 season, when the Bills will travel to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs.

The Bills punched their ticket to the AFC title game on Saturday night with a 17-3 win over the Baltimore Ravens at Bills Stadium in the AFC Divisional Round. The Buffalo defense was able to limit the production of the Baltimore offense to just 340 yards of total offense, while giving up just 150 rushing yards in the win. That's 40-plus yards less than what the Ravens averaged during the regular season.

With the score tied at 3-3 to open the third quarter, Josh Allen led the Bills offense down the field and put Buffalo ahead, 10-3, with a three-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs. Allen finished the night completing 62.2% of his passes for 206 yards and his touchdown pass to his No. 1 target.

While Baltimore stormed down the field on the following possession, Buffalo, essentially, iced the game with just 41 seconds remaining in the third quarter when cornerback Taron Johnson picked off Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and returned the interception 101 yards for a touchdown.

The last time the Bills happened to play in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 23, 1994, they faced the Chiefs for the chance to play in their fourth-straight Super Bowl. Buffalo ended up getting a productive day from Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas, who rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns, en route to a 30-13 win over fellow Hall of Famer Joe Montana in Orchard Park.

Fast forward 27 years, and the Bills are on the cusp of returning to "The Big Game" riding one of the best offensive units in the National Football League, along with a defensive unit that has returned to form in the second half of the season.

To get there, though, the Bills will have to find a way to outdo the best offensive unit in the league in Kansas City, led by 2018 NFL MVP and Super Bowl LIV MVP, Patrick Mahomes.

However, there is plenty of uncertainty heading into Sunday's matchup, specifically with Mahomes. The 25-year-old quarterback was forced to leave this past Sunday's matchup with the Cleveland Browns in the AFC Divisional Round after being placed in the concussion protocol following a tackle made by linebacker Mack Wilson. Mahomes' head not only hit the Kansas City turf, but his neck was also strained in a way that left him unstable as he tried to get up.

As of Tuesday, Mahomes remains in the concussion protocol, but has reportedly "cleared big steps" towards playing this Sunday for the right to play in Super Bowl LV.

If Mahomes is unable to suit up and play on Sunday, the Chiefs would be forced to turn to 35-year-old backup quarterback Chad Henne.

Over the past two weeks, Howard Simon has stunned the Buffalo fan base with his picks of the Bills going all the way to Tampa Bay and winning the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 7. While each path to "The Big Game" was different for Howard, each time saw the Bills beating Kansas City in the AFC title game and the Packers in the Super Bowl.

In this week's edition of "Howard Picks the Bills", Howard remains ever so confident that the Bills will beat the Chiefs to punch their ticket to Super Bowl LV. However, Jeremy White and Brayton Wilson both picked the Bills to face old friend Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to beat the Packers in the NFC Championship Game to become the first team to ever host the Super Bowl in their own stadium.

While Brady has gotten the best of the Bills over the course of his Hall of Fame career, a 32-3 record in 35 starts, Howard is having none of it, as he picks the Bills to come out on top of the football world for a third consecutive week!

Follow along on Twitter for the latest picks from Howard by using the hashtag #HowardPicksTheBills. You can also track all of Howard's picks throughout the season with Brayton Wilson's picks tracker on Twitter: @BJWilsonWGR.

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