QB Allen Offers Mixed Messages on Yo-Yo-Ing Bills Infringement | Sports News
By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer
ORCHARD PARK, NY (AP) – Josh Allen provided a series of mixed messages when assessing the yo-yo-ing state of the Buffalo Bills offense on Thursday.
At one point, the fourth-year starter was defiant as he answered a question about where the Bills’ mojo had gone, saying, “We still have it.”
Moments later, Allen conceded that the offense was in a rut.
âYou have to celebrate when you win, and you have to learn when you lose,â he said. “It is something that we are faced with, and we have to get out of this rut ââthat we are in.”
The responses reflect the top-down production of a unit that has gone from an average of 34 points and 412 yards in its first six games, to 22 points and 340 yards in its final six after the week of leave the team.
The difficulties coincide with the fact that Allen lost his footing and failed to convert fourths and inches to Tennessee 3 in the dying seconds of a 34-31 loss to the Titans on Oct. 18.
Add it up, and the drop in offensive stats is one of the reasons the Bills (7-5) have lost four of their last seven games, ceding the AFC East lead to Nova Scotia. England (9-4) and falling to seventh in the conference standings, with many playoff tiebreakers now falling against them.
âWe are extremely hungry. I think there’s obviously a sense of urgency in what we need to do, âAllen said. âThere is no panic in our locker rooms. We are extremely united right now with what we need to do.
They better get ready to play Tampa Bay (9-3) on Sunday. The focus will be on Allen to keep pace in a game in which the Buffalo defense should have their hands full in an attempt to contain Tom Brady and the NFL’s most successful offense.
Buffalo is coming out of what coach Sean McDermott called a “sloppy” outing in a 14-10 loss to New England on Monday night. While the winter elements and 40mph wind gusts played a major role, what couldn’t be overlooked was Buffalo’s failure to capitalize on a positive position on the pitch.
The Bills managed just 10 points despite an average starting position at their own 40, and four drives inside the Patriots 20. Tyler Bass missed a 33-yard field goal attempt into the wind, and the Patriots were sealed when Allen’s pass was hit at the goal line on the fourth down with 1:55 left.
A contributing factor was the pedestrian state of a running attack which was too dependent on Allen’s mobility. The quarterback finished with a team-high 39 yards on six carries, while Devin Singletary, Zack Moss and Matt Breida combined for 60 yards on 19 carries.
The loss to New England was not an outlier. Buffalo only managed 301 yards in a 9-6 loss to Jacksonville on Nov. 7 and 307 in a 41-15 loss to Indianapolis three weeks ago.
Allen’s effectiveness has become a concern, with the quarterback accumulating nine touchdowns and nine turnovers (seven interceptions and two fumbles) in his last five games.
Overall, the Bills haven’t overcome a second-half deficit, while wasting second-half leads twice this season. And Buffalo is 2-5 in games where the offense fails to score a touchdown on its first possession.
Consistency in execution was highlighted by Allen and McDermott as the reasons behind offensive struggles.
What’s concerning is how an offense, which has come back almost intact a year after setting numerous franchise and achievement records, still faces execution lapses before week 14.
âReally what I’m focusing on is this game this week and our level of execution,â McDermott said, refusing to look back.
Allen called it a matter of preparation, correcting mistakes and getting back to basics by building on the forces of the offensive.
âWe want to go out there and prove what kind of a team we are, not to you or someone else, but to ourselves,â Allen said. “We know the type of guy we have in this locker room and the team that we can be.”
NOTES: DT Star Lotulelei did not train due to a toe injury. … DT Ed Oliver (chest) was added to the injury report on Thursday and listed as limited to training.
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