A Touch of Perfection for the Bills in Final Game of Josh Allen's Rookie Season
There was a “perfect” ending in the final game of Josh Allen’s rookie season in Buffalo. For the first time this season, the Bills were perfect when they had multiple series in the red zone. The Bills offense was 4-for-4 inside the Miami 20-yard line in the 42-17 Buffalo victory.
They did go 1-for-1 in the red zone in a Week 9 loss to the Bears.
“We had a mindset today where we wanted to get the ball in the end zone,” said Allen. “We wanted to get in there early and force them to play some catch up. We got down there and put our head down. Our offensive line did an amazing job and our receivers made some plays, and when you’ve got 11 guys on the field striving to do one thing in the red zone, good things tend to happen.”
Oh, and one of their members of the offensive line doubled as a receiver – for one play. Kyle Williams, who retired after the game, was the target for an Allen pass in the closing minutes of the game.
It was a hit with the sellout crowd, which plastered the stadium with farewell mentions of Williams, the Bills fifth-round pick (134th selection overall) in 2006, who was a five-time Pro Bowl selection.
Allen had a hand in five of the Bills’ six touchdown.
He took a quarterback sneak in from a yard out for the Bills first touchdown on the opening drive of the game. Later in the first half, Allen found Zay Jones out in the right flat and the receiver covered the remaining yardage to reach the right pylon for an 18-yard score.
Early in the third quarter, Allen made a check at the line and hit Robert Foster with a back-shoulder throw in the front left corner of the end zone for a five-yard touchdown pass.
And LeSean McCoy chipped in with a nine-yard touchdown run, before Allen added a third touchdown pass and a second touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
“It was good to get in there,” said McCoy of reaching the end zone. “It’s been tough. I almost forgot my touchdown dance.”
“The run game at times was productive down there for us. Josh to Robert Foster on the back shoulder, which is a tough route to throw and get on the same page with for two young players, rookies, to connect. I thought the drive after half was big,” said Bills head coach Sean McDermott. “The defense got off the field and the offense got in the end zone. Then Josh’s quarterback sneak early so we were able to spread the ball around. The offensive line did a good job in the run game down there and opened up some of the passing game.”