The 1965 Bills, according to Lamonica, had a new emphasis, and altough they had depended a lot on Gilchrist and the running attack to carry them in 1964, that all changed in 1965. The Bills had traded Gilchrist to the Broncos in the off-season, so in 1965, they went to a pass-oriented game more than they ever had before. They not only went to the receivers, but often threw to the running backs. Lamonica feels that change brought out the best in Kemp that year. In 1965, the Bills finished with a 10–3–1 record. Kemp was second in the league in pass completions. Because of their overwhelming talent, and Gilchrist's absence from the Bills' backfield, San Diego was favored in the AFL Championship Game. However, Buffalo once more defeated the Chargers, this time 23-0. Kemp again won the title against his former team. His role in leading the Bills to a repeat championship without Gilchrist and with star receiver Elbert Dubenion playing in only three games earned Kemp the Associated Press AFL MVP award. He also won the AFL Championship Game MVP award.