The Buffalo Bills lost their third game of the season and need to do a mental reset as they see their lead in the AFC East shrink.
There is no better way to classify the Buffalo Bills loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars as anything other than embarrassing.
Josh Allen was thrown off by Josh Allen, in more ways than one, in a performance that might raise some alarm bells. The Josh Allen of the Jaguars got to be the star of the game and you bet that he was loving every minute of it.
Was this a game that the Bills simply didn’t take seriously or are there concerns the team needs to address? At this rate, a team that has been viewed as a Super Bowl contender shouldn’t just brush this performance away as it’s something they need to get right.
Buffalo Bills needed Josh Allen to be better and pick the team up
There are times where your starting quarterback isn’t going to have his best performance but the top-end quarterbacks know how to make the right plays when it matters to secure a win. That didn’t happen for Allen and it cost them greatly in this game.
According to NFL.com, Allen had his worst passer rating (62.7) since 2019 after completing 31 of 47 passes for 264 yards to go along with two interceptions and a lost fumble. He didn’t get a lot of help from his offensive line as he was sacked four times but there were other glaring issues.
It appears certain teams have figured out a way to make life miserable for Allen going with a two-high safety coverage. ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg noted that Allen faced two-high safety coverages on 65% of his dropbacks and had 6.1 yards per pass in those situations.
This was something the Steelers did and it was clearly effective and the Bills quarterback made a note of it when talking about an inability to get the ball to his deep threat Stefon Diggs.
"“Two-high shells forcing us to throw underneath,” Allen said after the game. “I can do things different to get our guys going early on. We didn’t do a good enough job of that today.”"
It’s clear this is something the Bills need to work on because this team’s success lives and dies with Allen’s ability to get some big plays through the air.