Coming into their game against the Miami Dolphins, many were questioning second-year quarterback Josh Allen. However, on Sunday, Allen answered some of those questions. Allen completed 21 of 33 passes for 256 yards and tied a career-high with three touchdowns passes, and he ran for 56 yards and another score, as the Bills defeated the Dolphins 37-20.
“I think he showed his personality, honestly,” Bills head coach Sean McDermott said on Monday. “He’s a highly competitive young man. Got a lot of confidence in that young man. He competes at a high level, whether he’s having a one of his best days or he’s not.
“And, yesterday I thought was one of his better days and he’s only going to get better. Much like Tremaine [Edmunds], just in the middle part of his second year with a lot of reps under his belt but also, still young and still learning the game. I just thought overall, great team effort and all the guys I thought really just they showed their true personality yesterday.”
The 37 points the Bills scored against the Dolphins was a season-high for the team, and while Allen has had some issues in 2019, especially with the deep ball, Bills OC Brian Daboll sees a player that competes week in and week out.
“I think Josh is a good football player,” Daboll said. “He’s a good leader. He’s a good leader for our offense. He’s a good leader for our team, puts in a ton of work, has respect of his teammates, and goes out there every week and competes his tail off.”
This was a game the Bills were supposed to win, and they have done that all season long. At 7-3, Buffalo is off to its best start after ten games since 1999, so whether it’s against a good team or bad team, a win is a win, which is good news for the Buffalo Bills. Next up? The 3-7 Denver Broncos, who the Bills should beat.
QB Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills’ offense started slowly against the Jets on Sunday, and at one point, the Bills were down 16-0 in the third quarter. One of the Jets’ touchdowns was a pick-6 by C.J. Mosley in the first quarter. However, things got better in the fourth quarter for the Bills’ offense, as Allen was able to lead the Bills on two touchdown scoring drives to help Buffalo defeat the Jets 17-16 at MetLife Stadium.
Allen finished the game 24/37 for 254 yards, 1 TD, 2 ints, despite Allen’s struggles, Bills’ OC Brian Daboll continued to have confidence in his quarterback.
“I’ve said this before; I have a lot of confidence in Josh,” Daboll said on Monday. “Again, he hasn’t even started a full season. But he’s a grinder. He’s a competitor. He’s smart. He’s tough. And I got a lot of faith in him. So, we started out the game in no huddle to spread [the Jets] out. Sometimes you start games, you pass to set up the run or you run to set up the pass. Each week is a little bit unique. This is what we felt was best going into this game. Unfortunately we had some turnovers, but again, you don’t pull the plug on that. You take a look at why, and we have enough confidence in him and the rest of the guys to keep going in that no huddle and throwing the ball around a little bit.”
The Bills’ offense turned the ball over four times on Sunday, which, according to Daboll, was one of the reasons they were not able to have success early in the contest.
“Well, we were moving the ball. We had four turnovers,” Daboll said. “It’s well documented, right? Two tipped balls, a fumbled snap, and then we lose one in the pocket on the opening drive. So you have turnovers, that stops drives. Now, if you weren’t moving the ball, then you’re going to have to figure out how to do something else. But we felt like we were moving the ball, and we had turnovers.
“Did we change a whole bunch at halftime? No. I mean we had four drives in the second half minus the four-minute. We had one safety back there backed up. And then we had a drive for three points and two drives at the end. So we had four drives. And give credit to the players. That’s who I give credit to. They went out and executed and made some good plays when they had to make them. You talk about Josh or Smoke (John Brown) or really, I’d say the whole group; that we’re far from where we need to be. But they played the best when it counted the most, and that’s resiliency. That’s mental toughness. You have to string them together and have a good week of preparation this week. Really, what you did last week means nothing in this business. But I’m proud of the way they competed and fought.”
While Allen did his job in the fourth quarter, the credit definitely goes to the Bills’ defense, who kept the team in the game despite the four turnovers. Buffalo escaped with a victory on Sunday, but they have to play better moving forward if they want to have success this season.