The Buffalo Bills were given a scare in Week 9 when star quarterback Josh Allen suffered an elbow injury in the game against the New York Jets. His status for their Week 10 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings was up in the air throughout the week as Allen didn’t practice for two days.
Limited participation on Friday put him on track to play during the weekend and he was out there on Sunday afternoon as the starting quarterback. While there was a scare during that game, as Allen stayed down on the ground after attempting to tackle cornerback Patrick Peterson after throwing an interception, no further issues arose with his elbow.
That is certainly encouraging for the Bills as Allen’s health is paramount to the team living up to their Super Bowl aspirations. Head coach Sean McDermott said that Allen’s elbow is in a good spot coming out of the game against the Vikings, which is all they could ask for.
A game plan will need to be put together for practice this week as Buffalo begins preparations for their matchup against the Cleveland Browns at Orchard Park. Regardless of how much Allen practices, expect him to be a full go once again, as offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey said nothing was off the table against the Vikings.
“There weren’t really many throws off the table,” Dorsey said, via the team’s website. “He was really making all the throws throughout the game and I think we all saw that.”
Staying healthy is the team’s number one concern, but that game plan also needs to include a strategy for limiting turnovers. Allen has thrown multiple interceptions in three straight games. The Bills were able to overcome that against the Green Bay Packers, but the New York Jets and Vikings clipped them in the last two games, taking full advantage of Allen’s miscues.
Against Minnesota, it was his fumble at the goal line backed up into the end zone that really cost them. Allen never secured the snap, which fell to the ground and was jumped on by Eric Kendricks to give the Vikings a touchdown and lead late in the game.
Cutting back on those turnovers is imperative for Buffalo to get back on track. Josh Allen has to do a better job protecting the ball as the Bills are now in a battle for the AFC East crown with the Jets, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins all having winning records.