Allen completed 18 of 33 passes for 245 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's 31-20 loss to the Chargers.
The Bills found themselves down 14-0 at the 4:18 mark of the first quarter, partly due to losing the yardage battle 108-0. Thereafter, Allen led his unit on four drives of 50-plus yards on its final nine possessions, while scattering a three-yard touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin and two interceptions across his first professional start. Considering he's looked far more comfortable under center than Nathan Peterman, Allen is expected to remain the Bills' starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Nathan Peterman's run as the Bills' starter lasted all of two quarters, with the second-year player getting pulled early in Sunday's 47-3 loss to the Ravens after completing only five of 18 passes for 24 yards while tossing a pair of interceptions. Allen didn't provide a dramatic upgrade over Peterman while making his NFL debut in garbage time, but head coach Sean McDermott saw enough from the rookie first-round pick to hand him the keys to the offense. In light of his own accuracy concerns along with the Bills' shaky offensive line and lack of playmaking talent at wideout, Allen projects as little more than a low-end fantasy option for the short term, even when he opposes weaker pass defenses.
Coach Sean McDermott said Monday that he hasn't made up his mind yet between starting Nathan Peterman or Allen in this week's game against the Chargers, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. "There are a lot of things that would go into that decision," McDermott said in reference to Allen "To get into all the things that I have to look at and consider, it's not as simple as some might think. I've got to look at the overall team in all three phases and Josh's development being one of them."
Allen performed better than Peterman in Sunday's drubbing, but both quarterbacks made mistakes and the team may not be ready to start its prized rookie just yet. That said, Peterman hasn't finished any of his three NFL starts, and the Bills looked so bad in Week 1 that it may be time to turn the page to the future sooner rather than later. We'll find out in the next day or two if the future is now.
Allen completed six of 15 passes for 74 yards and rushed for 26 yards on four carries during Sunday's 47-3 loss to the Ravens.
Allen was not supposed to play on Sunday as the Bills sought to protect their first-round pick by waiting a bit to play him. After some putrid offensive play and a game that got out of hand, they rolled the dice. It was a mixed bag for the rookie, as he completed just 40 percent of his passes but also flashed some of the natural talent that got him drafted-- particularly on a scramble that resulted in a 24-yard dart to tight end Logan Thomas. The Josh Allen era may have arrived, but he'll need more help from his teammates than he enjoyed on Sunday to be able to live up to his billing.
Allen made a case for the No. 1 gig by performing well in the Bills' first two exhibitions, but he lost most of his momentum with an ugly showing in the all-important third preseason contest Aug. 26 against the Bengals. The rookie signal-caller completed only six of 12 passes for 34 yards in that game and was sacked five times for a net loss of 39 yards. While Allen did a solid job in limiting turnovers during the exhibition slate, it's clear that he still has some work to do with improving his downfield accuracy and getting comfortable in the pocket. Allen will likely get an opportunity to direct the offense at some point this season whether he's ready or not, as Peterman looks like only a stopgap solution behind center after a dismal debut season in 2017.
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|4||9/30/18||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ IND||1:00 pm|
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|Bye: Week 11|
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