After a 4-0 begin to the season throughout which Josh Allen resembled a doable MVP candidate, the Buffalo Bills have now dropped two video games in a row, with their struggling quarterback acknowledging, “This group cannot afford to have me play poorly.”
Enjoying in his second consecutive prime-time sport Monday night time in opposition to the Kansas City Chiefs, Allen accomplished simply 14 of 27 passes for 122 yards in a efficiency harking back to his 2018 and 2019 seasons. Though he threw two landing passes, he additionally recorded his fourth interception of the season and missed receivers all through the sport, culminating in a 26-17 loss.
The third-year quarterback took accountability for his efficiency, instantly tying his group’s success — or lack thereof — to his play.
“We weren’t ok — I used to be not ok. I obtained to do a greater job, it is plain and easy,” Allen mentioned. “I did not play excellent tonight. I do know that; I perceive that. This group cannot afford to have me play poorly.
“Early on simply not being as correct with the ball as I ought to have been. Making the best reads, making the best throws, and we turned it on a bit too late there.”
Via the primary 4 weeks of the season, solely Dallas‘ Dak Prescott threw for extra yards than Allen’s 1,32, and solely Seattle‘s Russell Wilson and Green Bay‘s Aaron Rodgers threw for extra touchdowns than Allen’s 12. After failing to eclipse 300 passing yards throughout his first two professionals seasons, Allen did so in three straight video games to open the season, together with a career-high 415 yards in opposition to the Miami Dolphins in Week 2.
Nonetheless, he seemed removed from an MVP candidate throughout a 42-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 5, throughout which he accomplished 26 of 41 passes for a then-season-low 263 yards, two touchdowns and season-high two interceptions.
Towards the Chiefs, Allen’s 122 passing yards marked his lowest whole since Week 6 of his rookie season, excluding a Week 17 sport in opposition to the New York Jets final 12 months when he performed just one sequence.
Allen and the Payments get a bounce-back sport in opposition to the winless Jets in Week 7 earlier than internet hosting the New England Patriots in Week 8.
Buffalo has publicly said its aim of profitable the AFC East for the primary time since 1995, and so as to take action, Allen should return to a degree of play corresponding to what he confirmed in the course of the first 4 weeks of the season.