Allen picked up a dangerous new target Monday when the Bills acquired Stefon Diggs from the Vikings. Allen and the Bills continue to trend up following a playoff season where the quarterback threw for 3,089 yards and 20 touchdowns while running for 510 yards and nine scores. Diggs and John Brown should work as some sort of 1A/1B combo, while Cole Beasley remains one of the more effective slot guys in the league. Add a potential pass-catching feature back in Devin Singletary to the mix along with a tight end with decent upside in Dawson Knox, and Allen should have plenty of weapons to continue improving his numbers as he gains more experience.
Allen completed 24 of 46 pass attempts for 264 yards, adding 92 rushing yards on nine attempts and catching one pass for 16 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's AFC wild-card loss to the Texans. Allen got off to a strong start with both his arm and legs, capping off an impressive opening drive with a touchdown reception on a trick play. The second-year quarterback regressed in the second half, making some questionable decisions that allowed Houston to catch up and eventually win the game in overtime. Overall, Allen took a step forward as a passer this year (59 percent completion rate, 3,089 passing yards, 20:9 TD:INT) after a mediocre showing in that department his rookie season. The 23-year-old will look to further improve from the pocket as he leads Buffalo's strong supporting cast toward another potential playoff run in 2020.
Allen completed three of five passes for five yards before being replaced by Matt Barkley in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Jets. Allen didn't get the entire season finale off like some other prominent Bills starters, but he only played two drives before leaving the contest to keep him healthy for the postseason. The second-year quarterback wisely didn't attempt to make any plays with his legs, finishing the regular season with 3,089 yards and a 20:9 TD:INT through the air, as well as 510 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. Allen will need to bring his A-game in his first career playoff appearance next week, as the Bills will be underdogs in Houston.
Coach Sean McDermott expects "a majority" of the Bills starters, including Allen, to play Week 17 against the Jets, Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com reports. Allen and the Bills are already locked in as the AFC's No. 5 playoff seed, so any playing time received by the starters is likely just a means of keeping the rust off ahead of the postseason. With that being said, backup quarterback Matt Barkley could get significant snaps during Week 17's matchup depending on how much Allen ends up playing.
Allen completed 13 of his 26 pass attempts for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Week 16 loss to the Patriots. He also added seven carries for 43 yards. Allen failed to produce much in the first half, compiling only 80 total yards and one touchdown through two quarters. However, he connected for several long completions thereafter, highlighted by a 53-yard touchdown pass to John Brown halfway through the third quarter. As has become the norm, Allen also produced with his legs, surpassing 40 rushing yards for the fourth time in his last six games. With the AFC East now out of reach and a wild-card berth locked up, it remains to be seen how much Allen will be on the field in Week 17 against the Jets.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||New York Jets||17||19.13|
|3||09/27||Los Angeles Rams||10||17.13|
|4||10/04||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|6||10/16||Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|7||10/25||@New York Jets||17||19.13|
|8||11/01||New England Patriots||1||11.06|
|12||11/29||Los Angeles Chargers||8||15.63|
|13||12/08||@San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|16||12/29||@New England Patriots||1||11.06|
|3 Year Avg||56.4||2582||15||10||570||8||276|