After Josh Allen was selected with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills didn’t exactly get praised for their pick, but nearly two years later, it’s a pick that’s absolutely starting to pay off for Buffalo.
When all facets of Allen’s game are working, which hasn’t happened often, he’s nearly impossible to stop, and they were all working during the Bills’ 37-20 win over the Dolphins. One of Allen’s biggest issues in his career has been his accuracy, but that definitely wasn’t a problem in Miami as Allen completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 56 yards and another touchdown.
The story of this game though was Allen’s accuracy — it was on point for all four quarters. Allen showed off an array of throws with his most impressive one coming in the second quarter — he hit a streaking John Brown down the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown. To complete a pass like this, you don’t really have any margin for error, and you have to throw an absolute laser, and that’s exactly what Allen did.
That 40-yard score was one of nine catches in the game for Brown, who caught nine passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns.
Allen’s second touchdown pass to Brown was much shorter, but equally impressive. With just over 10 minutes left to play in the fourth quarter, Allen iced the game with a nine-yard pass to Brown that he snuck between two defenders.
Last season, there’s a 50 percent chance Allen throws a pick with a pass like that, but this season, he looks much more comfortable making challenging throws in tight windows. Allen has a much arm strength as any quarterback in the league and his accuracy looks to be improving every week, which could make the Bills a tough out come playoff time.
The win over the Dolphins on Sunday was arguably the best game of Allen’s career. The Bills quarterback totaled 312 yards, which was the third-highest total of his career. He also totaled four touchdowns — the second-highest total of his career. Basically, Allen has the tools to be the total package, he’s just never quite put them together, and based on his performance against the Dolphins, it seems that he’s inching closer.
Sure, Allen’s performance came against the Dolphins, but remember, this is a defense that shut down the Colts last week and shut out the Steelers during the first half of a game two weeks ago. Allen might not be mentioned in the same breath as the top tier quarterbacks in the NFL, but you know what, he’s slowly creeping up to that level.
If the Allen that showed up in Miami on Sunday shows up every week for the rest of the season, the Bills might need to import some extra foldable tables to the city, because there’s a chance that Allen might lead them to their first playoff win since the 1995 season.
Buffalo 37-20 over Miami
Indianapolis 33-13 over Jacksonville
Minnesota 27-23 over Denver
N.Y. Jets 34-17 over Washington
New Orleans 34-17 over Tampa Bay
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Dallas 35-27 over Detroit
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Atlanta 29-3 over Carolina
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Baltimore 41-7 over Houston
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Oakland 17-10 over Cincinnati
San Francisco 36-26 over Arizona
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New England 17-10 over Philadelphia
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