The Buffalo Bills had one of the most dominant performances of any team in the NFL in Week 1. They traveled to take on the Los Angeles Rams, who were raising their Super Bowl banner to the rafters and demolished them.
Buffalo won 31-10 and Los Angeles was lucky the game was even that close. The Bills turned the ball over four times in the game, including three in the first half. That led to the game being tied 10-10 at halftime, but Buffalo pulled away in the second half once they started taking care of the ball.
It was certainly far from a perfect performance, but it just goes to show how good the Bills can be this season. They are one of the hungriest teams in the NFL and even when they have an off night they can blow the doors off of an opponent.
Josh Allen had a strong game despite two interceptions as neither of them was truly his fault. He completed 26-of-31 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 56 yards on 10 attempts, scoring another touchdown on the ground.
One of the things that makes Allen as special as he is playing the quarterback position is his ability to run the ball. But, he also knows that he needs to be more cautious when running the ball. It is a key aspect of the team’s game plan, but Allen is aware that he needs to improve when it comes to protecting himself as a runner.
“I think I can be better in that aspect,” Allen said in his Wednesday press conference. “But given the circumstances of what it was, understanding the flow of the game — I do things sometimes that are necessary in my eyes to help our team win a football game. That’s all it is. But at the end of the day, availability is the best ability. So, just understanding that and getting down and not taking too many hits — that’s year-in and year-out.”
Standing 6’5” and weighing 237 pounds, it makes sense why Allen would try and run over his opponents. Unlike the other quarterbacks capable of racking up rushing yards, who are slighter in frame, Allen is bigger than most of the defenders who are trying to tackle him.
But, Allen also knows that his health is important to the team reaching the level they are capable of performing at. He will do whatever it takes to help the team win games.
“At the end of the day, I’m just trying to be the best quarterback I can be for the Bills, best teammate I can be for the other 52 guys in this locker room,” Allen said. “So whatever that may be — handing the ball off 100 times, throwing 100 times, just trying to help this team win football games.”
While certainly capable of carrying the team on his own, Allen has a lot of talent around him so he doesn’t need to play hero ball. Running out of bounds or sliding and heading onto the next play instead of lowering his shoulder for an extra yard or two is something he will have to adjust for.
Only in his fifth season in the NFL, he is still learning the quarterback position. That is a scary thing for defenses, as Allen is already among the best in the business and is only improving.