ORCHARD PARK, NY – Josh Allen delivered a mixed set of messages as he assessed the yo-yo-ing status of the Buffalo Bills breach on Thursday.
At one point, the fourth-year beginner challenged the question of where the Bills’ dojo had gone, by saying, “We still get it.”
Moments later, Allen admitted the offense was on the rise.
“You have to celebrate when you win, and you have to learn when you lose,” he said. “It’s something that we’re dealing with, and we have to get over the path we’re on.”
The answers reflects the process of production going up and down of a unit has gone from an average of 34 points and 412 yards through the first six games, to 22 points and 340 yards in the past six games following the team’s goodbye week.
The struggles coincided with Allen losing his leg and being unable to convert the fourth and inch in Tennessee 3 in the final seconds of a 34-31 lost to the Titans on October 18.
Plus, the statistical drop in offense is part of a number of reasons behind the Bills (7-5) losing four of their past seven games, ceding the AFC East lead to New England (9). -4) and dropped to seventh in the conference standings, with plenty of playoff winners now against them.
“We are extremely hungry. I think there’s clearly a sense of urgency about what we need to do,” Allen said. “There is no panic in our dressing room. For now, we are extremely united in what we need to do. ”
They should be better prepared to play at Tampa Bay (9-3) on Sunday. The focus will be on Allen having to maintain pace in a game where Buffalo’s defense must do its best to stop Tom Brady and the NFL’s top scoring foul.
Buffalo is on the field what coach Sean McDermott called a “sloppy” outing in a 14-10 lost to New England on the second night. While the winter factor and 40 mph wind gusts played a role, it couldn’t be ignored that Buffalo failed to take advantage of its advantageous position on the field.
The Bills took just 10 points despite an average starting position of 40 of their own, and four driving inside the Patriots 20. Tyler Bass missed a 33-yard scoring effort into the wind. , and the Patriots’ victory was sealed when Allen passed the ball. defeated at the finish line in fourth place with 1:55 left.
One contributing factor is that the walker’s state during a running attack relies too heavily on Allen’s mobility. The quarterback finished with a high of 39 meters on six attempts, while Devin Singletary, Zack Moss and Matt Breida combined for 60 meters on 19 attempts.
The New England defeat was no exception. Buffalo won just 301 yards in a 9-6 loss at Jacksonville on November 7, and 307 in a 41-15 loss to Indianapolis three weeks ago.
Allen’s efficiency has become a concern, with the midfielder combining for nine touchdowns and nine passes (seven interceptions and two misses) in his past five appearances.
Overall, the Bills have yet to overcome their second-half deficit, while second-half squandering has taken the lead twice this season. And Buffalo were 2-5 ahead in games where the error failed to score a goal in first possession.
Allen and McDermott emphasize consistency in enforcement as the reason behind offensive struggles.
It is worrisome how an offense, mostly back intact a year after setting multiple franchise score records and passing, is still facing lapses when stepping on Week 14.
“Really, what I’m focused on is this week’s game and our level of performance,” McDermott said, refusing to look back.
Allen calls it a matter of preparation, correcting mistakes, and going back to basics in relying on offense strengths.
“We wanted to go out there and prove what kind of team we were, not to you or anyone else, but to ourselves,” Allen said. “We know the kind of person we have in this dressing room and the team we can be.”
NOTE: DT Star Lotulelei did not practice because of a toe injury. … Team Ed Oliver (chest) was added to the injury report on Thursday and is listed as restricted in training.
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