Bills' Allen showed what he was made of

Josh Allen seemed to raise his level of play as the game went on

Paul Hamilton
September 16, 2018 - 6:18 pm

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(WGR 550) - I thought Josh Allen arrived in the NFL late in the second quarter. With time running out in the first half, he marched Buffalo on a six-play, 52-yard drive that resulted in a Stephen Hauschka field goal. On the drive, Allen severely under threw Zay Jones, but Jones adjusted and came back to the ball for a 57-yard completion.

Allen came out after halftime and led the Bills on a seven-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in Buffalo’s first touchdown of the season. LeSean McCoy got it started with a 27-yard run, followed by Allen hitting Pat DiMarco for a 24-yard gain. The pass to the fullback was not well thrown as Allen had trouble with his accuracy for most of the game, but it’s what happened after the drive that was his defining moment of the game.

Allen ran to the sideline and started yelling to everybody on the defense that he was with them and he knew they could stop the Chargers. He was emotional and showed even though he’s a rookie, he’s a leader.

Allen seemed to have more time to throw the ball in the second half as they straightened out some of the protection problems. He finished 18-of-33 for 245 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Early, Philip Rivers made the Bills defense look like they don’t practice or game plan as he completed 15-of-16 in the first half for 178 yards and three touchdowns. Los Angeles also ran the ball for 106 yards on just 15 carries in the first half. Rivers faced no pressure and it was 28-6 at the half.

Sean McDermott took over the defensive play calling from Leslie Frazier and things were totally different. The defense got immense pressure on Rivers, forcing the Chargers into three consecutive three-and-outs. Jerry Hughes showed up for the first time since I don’t know when and was in Rivers’ face.

Hughes negated a sack from Lorenzo Alexander and Trent Murphy because he lined up in the neutral zone, but in the second half, he was a difference maker.

After getting eaten up for 106 yards on the ground in the first half, the defense gave up just three yards on 11 carries in the second.  

Of course, McDermott said he’d have to evaluate if he was going to continue to call the defensive signals, but in my mind, it should be a no brainer.

Things aren't likely to get better in the next two weeks with games in Minnesota and Green Bay, so an 0-4 start is a likely possibility.

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