Bills’ Allen: ‘I know I’m nowhere near where I need to be, nowhere near where I want to be’

At 6-3, the Buffalo Bills, if the season ended today, would be in the playoffs, which would lead to happy times in Buffalo. However, the Bills have lost two out of their last three games, including last week’s 19-16 loss to the Browns. While Buffalo is in a good spot in terms of the playoffs, things are not all good.  

Currently, the Bills have the number three ranked defense in the NFL. However, offensively, the Bills are struggling. The Bills rank 23rd in offense and 25th in scoring. Also, their second-year quarterback Josh Allen(1919 yards, 10 TDs, 7 INTs) has struggled as well. He is near the bottom in terms of starting quarterbacks in yards and touchdowns. Allen knows that he has to improve, and according to Allen, he is working hard to do just that.

“I’m looking to improve each and every day,” Allen said on Wednesday. “I think if you ask any quarterback in the league, they’d say the same thing, that they don’t want to become stagnant where they’re at, they’re always trying to look for ways to improve, and that’s no different for myself. Obviously, I know there’s a lot to work on. 

“I know I’m nowhere near where I need to be, nowhere near where I want to be. And, where I want to be is higher than where I need to be. I hold myself to a very high standard, and I’m going to continue to work hard, and my goal is to get where I want to be.”

In fairness to Allen, he is a second-year quarterback, so there will be growing pains, and outside of Lamar Jackson, none of the other quarterbacks in the 2018 NFL Draft have not been much better. Allen is a tremendous runner, but for the Bills to get to the playoffs, he has to improve as a passer. Buffalo has seven games left. Three of those games are very winnable(@ Dolphins, Jets, and Broncos), and the other four  will be tough(@ Cowboys, @ Patriots, @ Steelers, Ravens). The Bills have not beaten any team over .500, and to this point, Buffalo has feasted on bad teams. 

Are the Bills for real? We don’t have an answer yet, but to change the perception of this team, they have to beat a good team, and that starts with Allen and the Bills’ offense.

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