Observations: Mutual respect shown as Bills and Chiefs prepare for Round 4

Safety Micah Hyde and the Buffalo Bills beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the regular season, but the stakes will be raised Sunday.

James P. McCoy / Buffalo News

Jay Skurski

No, the NFL has not realigned.

It just feels like the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs share the same division. The two teams will meet for the fourth time in the past two seasons Sunday, this time in an AFC divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium.

“Well this team, it’s like a division game, right?” Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll said. “You play your teams in your division and you have a certain familiarity with them, whether it’s play style or personnel.”

The Chiefs won the biggest of those matchups last year in the AFC championship game, although the Bills got at least a bit of revenge with a win in Week 5 of the regular season.

“There’s a lot of games from then until now,” Daboll said. “You spend time evaluating and watching. In this venue, again, it’s a competitive game against a really good team. A great atmosphere and a big game, so we’re going to need our best.”

Familiarity can sometimes breed contempt, although in this case, there is a healthy amount of respect on both sides.

“Yeah, I think there’s a sense of it,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Monday during an interview with Kansas City sports radio station KCSP-AM of a budding rivalry…

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