Thursday, July 25, 2024

Three takeaways: Josh Allen leads Bills to 5-3

With Josh Allen at QB the Bills always have a chance at winning the Super Bowl, but many times this season they’ve looked afraid to use their star QB the way they should.

But did the finally accept how to use Josh Allen against the Bucs, or is this game a one-off. Let’s take a look in our three takeaways from the game.


When the Bills use Josh Allen like this he is basically unstoppable. They rolled him out, let him use his legs, and let him improvise. With the weapons he has available to him now this offence is incredible, when they’re not scared of Allen getting hurt.

The issue when the Bills lose is that they try to keep him in the pocket, safe. And then when plays aren’t available he tries to make impossible throws. When he’s allowed to improvise Josh Allen makes more big play and less horrendous ones.


Head coach Sean McDermott summed this up perfectly, “Well, I mean, I could feel the team. They came out with an attitude and it started in the locker room, really. Stefon Diggs, there’s a little motivational couple of words he said to the team before we went out there. That’s what a leader does. He did a phenomenal job of basically setting the tone.”


And then, in the second half the Bills became a little safer with the lead, a little scared. It was about not getting hurt, not giving anything away. If this team just learned to attack. Everything would be fine. They put the brakes on Josh Allen and as mentioned above this always makes the Bills less dangerous to the other team, and more dangerous to themselves.

Tampa Bay BuccaneersBuffalo Bills
1st Downs1725
Passing 1st downs1016
Rushing 1st downs38
1st downs from penalties41
3rd down efficiency4-157-13
4th down efficiency1-10-1
Total Plays6268
Total Yards302427
Total Drives1111
Yards per Play4.96.3
Yards per pass5.07.4
Interceptions thrown01
Sacks-Yards Lost3-132-12
Rushing Attempts1726
Yards per rush4.64.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-12-4
Fumbles lost00
Interceptions thrown01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

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