Buffalo Bills need Josh Allen to regain early-season form

Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /

While the Buffalo Bills managed to pick up a crucial victory over the New England Patriots, Josh Allen has struggled to make adjustments.

Improving to 6-2 on the season, the Buffalo Bills were able to overcome the challenge of defeating the New England Patriots at home, something that seemed to hang over them the entire week leading into the game.

It took a late fumble by Cam Newton to seal the victory but the Bills were also able to establish the run game which has been lacking since the start of the season. Unfortunately, they needed the running game to be productive as Josh Allen wasn’t getting much done.

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The Bills quarterback went 11-for-18 for 154 yards and an interception but that was aided by the team rushing for 188 yards on the ground. It’s encouraging to see the team get production from the running backs but the same can’t be said for Allen in the passing game.

Over the first weeks of the season, Allen completing 71 per cent of his passes 1,326 yards, 12 touchdowns and an interception for a 122.7 rating. In the four games since, the 24-year-old has flipped the switch the wrong way completing 62.8 per cent of his passes for 846 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions for a 79.2 per cent rating.

A noticeable difference in Allen is his struggles to connect with the deep ball averaging 211.5 yards per game after averaging 331.5 to start the season. The puzzling part is that Allen struggled to put up yards against the New York Jets and Patriots who haven’t been tough defenses.

All the talk about Allen being in the MVP conversation has seemingly started to vanish and honestly having him in that position after four games was probably premature. Sure he’s not had one of his top deep threats in John Brown because of injuries which has magnified Stefon Diggs for opposing defenses.

Unfortunately, the road doesn’t get easier for the Bills as they will go up against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9. While the Seahawks defense haven’t been as tough this season, Buffalo will have their hands full with Wilson.

If Allen isn’t able to keep up with Wilson, this could be problematic especially at a time where the Miami Dolphins have won three straight games. Any slip up could open a chance for Miami to make a push for the division especially with games against the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers coming up.

Maybe the answer is to keep the running game going and control the time of possession. This still means that Allen has to make the plays at the right time which hasn’t come as easily for him lately but what he accomplished in the first four games can’t be ignored either.

He just needs to get back to what made him dominant to start the season.

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Is there any reason to be concerned with Allen’s play lately? Do you think he can turn things around? What are the Bills chances against the Seahawks? Let us know in the comments below.