1. Career day for Josh Allen
Going up against Josh Allen and Buffalo’s high-powered offense, Washington’s floundering defense had a perfect opportunity to remind the world that they should still be mentioned amongst the best in the NFL.
By the time the fourth quarter game clock ran out, however, the Bills had 43 points on the scoreboard and Allen, who struggled mightily with accuracy and decision-making in Weeks 1 and 2, returned to MVP form.
Simply put, it was an embarrassing display by Jack Del Rio’s unit. Allen was dominant in every facet, including downfield throws, throwing on the run and with extended time in the pocket (four or more seconds).
Per Next Gen Stats, the former No. 7 overall pick was 12-of-17 for 218 yards and three touchdowns throwing the ball downfield, further encapsulating Washington’s inability to prevent chunk plays this campaign.
Allen was just as efficient on the run, going 5-for-8 for 76 yards and two touchdowns. When his pass protection held up, he was even more lethal, completing six of nine attempts for 99 yards (16.5 yards per completion) and two TDs.
What an absolute atrocity of a graphic that is. You know what? If Rivera wanted to send a message, he’d print this out and hang it around the locker room. Anything to remind the defense that Allen didn’t break a sweat facing them.
Allow us to further summarize Allen’s afternoon by comparing his stats in Weeks 1 and 2 to Sunday’s drubbing.
- Weeks 1 and 2: 56% completion percentage, 224.3 yards per game, three total TDs and a 77.9 passer rating
- Week 3: 74.4% completion percentage, 358 passing yards, five total TDs and a 129.8 passer rating.
To go from ranking second in the NFL in total defense a season ago into the get-right matchup for struggling QBs is a joke. We better start seeing different results, because heads will roll if this continues over the next few weeks.