ORCHARD PARK, NY – Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen turned in his career-best statistical performance in Sunday’s 27–17 win over the New York Jets for a career-high 312 yards and two strikes. Completed 33 of 46 passes.
It was Allen’s first to eclipse 300 passing yards in his three-year career and tied and set career-highs in attempts and completions, respectively.
He started hot, completing 20 of 26 passes for 161 yards and added two attempts in the first half with his first seven attempts. He added 57 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, as well – though he failed twice in that opening half.
Allen called the 300-yard milestone “one of those stats that doesn’t matter”, but added that he was victorious and thrilled at what he needed to improve.
“Obviously I’m glad we won a game, I’m also happy the way we won it,” he said. He said, “We both fight quickly – I can’t. When we are in a position to score, I cannot take it away from us.
“Yes I am happy the way we live. But at the same time, we have got a lot of work to do, a lot of development to do. We have to get better. We have left a lot.” There and we know that. ”
Bills general manager Brandon Bayne traded wide receiver Stephan Diggs for this offseason before receiving receivers Gabriel Davis and Isaiah Hodigs to stop his team’s passing offense. In their first game together in 2019, Diggs and Buffalo’s leading receiver, John Brown, combined for 156 yards and a touchdown on 14 catches – including a 17-yard screen pass Brown called Allen for Scrimage’s line. Turned on
Allen praised the pair of Diggs and Brown after the game, insisting that neither was the “lead” receiver over the other.
“They are very smart footballers. They know how to play, they are fun to play,” he said. “A lot of people in this league can’t do what they can … that’s what you like to see with your ‘one’ and ‘two’ receivers – and I wouldn’t even say we have ‘one’ And ‘two,’ we have two. ‘
Head coach Sean McDermott agreed that the team “has a lot to work on” after their first game of the season, although they expected some mistakes in the Bills’ first game since January.
This is not to say that he is upset with Sunday’s performance.
“We left some things there,” McDermott said. “Overall Josh did a really good job with giving our receivers a chance. I felt that our line gave Josh a good job getting back to work. The first game is good, but a lot of work to do.”
“There’s a lot to like. We’ve worked on the things we’ve put forward in practice – it’s the biggest thing that reminds me of myself as a coach.”
Buffalo played the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. The Dolphins gave 75 yards and two scores to Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, along with 15 yards on 15 carries with a 21-11 loss.