Josh Allen

Buffalo Bills
Quarterback #17
Buffalo Bills
Quarterback #17
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Late heroics not enough

Allen completed 27 of 37 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 42-36 overtime loss to the Chiefs. He added 68 yards on 11 rushing attempts and threw a two-point conversion.

Analysis: Allen did most of his damage throwing the ball to Gabriel Davis, who finished with 201 receiving yards and caught all four of Allen's touchdown passes. After scoring connections of 18 and 75 yards in the first half, Allen found Davis for a 27-yard touchdown with 1:54 remaining in the fourth quarter. A two-point conversion to the otherwise quiet Stefon Diggs gave the Bills a 29-26 lead, kicking off a wild sequence that saw the two teams combine for 25 points in the final 1:54 of regulation. Allen added a 19-yard touchdown to Davis during that sequence, but the Chiefs kicked a game-tying field goal as time expired. It felt like whichever team got the ball first in overtime would win, and that's exactly what happened, as the Chiefs marched it down the field for a game-winning touchdown after winning the toss, ending Allen's season with a loss at Arrowhead Stadium for the second consecutive season.

Jan 23, 2022 10:26 PM EST

Five TD passes in wild-card win

Allen completed 21 of 25 passes for 308 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions during the Bills' 47-17 win over the Patriots in an AFC wild-card matchup Saturday night. He also rushed six times for 66 yards.

Analysis: Allen spearheaded an unforgettable offensive performance by the Bills, which set a new postseason record with seven touchdown drives in the seven possessions. The fourth-year signal-caller capped off five of them with touchdown tosses to Dawson Knox (twice), Emmanuel Sanders, Gabriel Davis and Tommy Doyle, and he became the third player in the Super Bowl era with at least 150 passing yards and 50 rushing yards in a single half of a playoff game. Allen's 84% completion rate on the night also qualified as the highest by a quarterback with 25 or more attempts in a playoff game since Aaron Rodgers' 86.1% figure in a 2010 divisional-round game. With this momentous, confidence-building performance under his belt, Allen heads into the divisional round with an abundance of momentum as he and his teammates prepare to either visit the Chiefs or host the Bengals next weekend.

Jan 15, 2022 9:02 PM EST

Puts game away late Sunday

Allen completed 24 of 45 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns while gaining 63 rushing yards on five carries in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Jets.

Analysis: The Bills had trouble putting the game away until the fourth quarter, when Allen led his team to two touchdown drives. The victory locked up a second straight AFC East title for Buffalo, and Allen finishes the regular season with a 36:15 TD:INT and 4,407 passing yards, numbers just shy of his production through the air last season despite playing one more game, and a career-high 763 rushing yards. The Bills will host the arch-rival Patriots next Saturday in the wild-card round.

Jan 9, 2022 9:46 PM EST

Overcomes errors in win

Allen completed 11 of 26 passes for 120 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions in the Bills' 29-15 win over the Falcons on Sunday. He also rushed 15 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns and threw a two-point conversion pass.

Analysis: Allen's passing line tells the story of what an atrocious day through the air it was for the talented signal-caller, a surprising development given the relatively favorable matchup presented by the Falcons defense. However, as ugly as Allen's performance was from a pure football perspective, it was a solid one from a fantasy standpoint thanks to his one- and four-yard touchdown rushes in the first quarter. Allen's passing yardage total was his lowest of the season and his third sub-200-yard effort of the campaign overall, and he'll certainly be aiming to go into the postseason on an exponentially better note when he faces the Jets in Week 18.

Jan 2, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Tosses three TDs to topple Patriots

Allen completed 30 of 47 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 33-21 win over New England. He added 64 yards on 12 rushing attempts.

Analysis: Allen capped Buffalo's first drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah McKenzie on fourth down, but he couldn't replicate that success on a 4th-and-goal attempt from the one-yard line in the second quarter, as he threw a third consecutive incompletion on a ball that bounced off Emmanuel Sanders. He bounced back later in the second quarter with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs, giving the Bills a 17-7 halftime lead. Allen's third touchdown of the afternoon was a two-yard strike to Dawson Knox, which completed the scoring and put the game away with 2:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. Buffalo's back in the driver's seat in the AFC East heading into a Week 17 game against Atlanta, and Allen's 34:12 TD:INT is among the leading reasons for the team's success.

Dec 26, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Turns in full week of practice

Allen (foot) has no injury designation for Sunday's game against the Patriots after practicing fully Wednesday through Friday.

Analysis: The foot injury Allen suffered in the Week 14 overtime loss to Tampa Bay initially looked like it might threaten his availability for Week 15, but the quarterback returned to full participation in practice last Friday, then started and finished with 210 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air in Sunday's 31-14 win over the Panthers. Allen's usage on the ground (three carries for 24 yards) against Carolina was lighter than it had been in recent weeks, but now that he's gotten a week of full practices under his belt, the Bills could loosen the reins a bit. Rather than worrying about a potential setback with the foot, Allen's greater concern for Week 16 is the fact that he won't have two of his top pass catchers at his disposal in a matchup with a tough New England defense. Slot man Cole Beasley (illness) and outside receiver Gabriel Davis (illness) are both ineligible to play this week after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, though the return of Emmanuel Sanders (knee) from a one-game absence should cushion the loss of Davis to some degree.

Dec 24, 2021 1:17 PM EST

Ready for huge Week 16

Allen (foot) was able to practice fully Thursday.

Analysis: Allen was a much more dicey proposition for the Bills' Week 15 contest after injuring his toe/foot in a crushing overtime loss to the Buccaneers in Week 14, but he came out of the most recent game none the worse for the wear and likely won't have a designation this weekend. This will be one of the more important regular-season games of Allen's young career, as the winner will be in position to take the AFC East crown. Allen is likely to be missing one major weapon in Cole Beasley (COVID-19), but it also looks like veteran Emmanuel Sanders (knee) will be ready to step back in following a one-week absence.

Dec 23, 2021 8:43 PM EST

Scores three times

Allen completed 19 of 34 pass attempts for 210 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while running for 24 yards on three carries against Carolina on Sunday.

Analysis: Allen generally did well while playing through the foot tweak he suffered in Week 14, especially given the pressure applied by the Carolina pass rush. Perhaps Allen's box score wasn't particularly clean in this game, but the Carolina defense is often tough against the pass, so between that and the foot issue Allen deserves lenient grading. A road game against the Patriots is one of the worst-case scenarios for a quarterback, and the pass blocking might be an ongoing concern for Allen, but at least a game like Sunday's serves as reminder that Allen can win even in difficult circumstances.

Dec 19, 2021 1:22 PM EST

Cleared to face Panthers

Allen (foot) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Panthers after practicing fully Friday.

Analysis: Coach Sean McDermott liked what he saw from Allen in practice this week, saying Allen's "able to execute the job description that goes along with the quarterback position," per Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN. Allen may be a bit more reluctant than usual to make plays with his legs after topping the 100-yard rushing mark last week, but his proficiency as a passer should keep Allen firmly in the QB1 mix, especially since he'll remain a power running option by the goal line despite his bothersome foot.

Dec 17, 2021 12:16 PM EST

Expected to play Sunday

Coach Sean McDermott said Friday on WGR 550 radio that Allen (foot) is expected to start this Sunday against the Panthers, Chris Jenkins of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Allen suffered the injury in the second half of Sunday's comeback effort that fell short in an overtime loss to Tampa Bay, but he's expected to practice fully Friday. We'll see if he gets an injury designation ahead of the contest, though McDermott rarely oversells anything so it looks like the star quarterback will be out there a week after becoming one of three players in NFL history to throw for 300 yards, run for 100 and throw multiple TD passes in the same game.

Dec 17, 2021 8:22 AM EST

Still limited in practice

Allen (toe) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: The Bills are viewing Allen as day-to-day while he deals with a mild case of turf toe on his left foot, but the early expectation is that he'll be ready to go for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Ideally, Allen will upgrade to full participation in Friday's practice to put to rest any concern about his availability, but if not, he could carry a questionable designation into the weekend. Mitchell Trubisky is also taking some of the first-team reps in practice this week, staying prepared for a potential starting assignment if the Bills elect to hold Allen out Sunday.

Dec 16, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Will be limited Wednesday

Coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday that Allen (toe) will be limited in practice, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Bills are hosting a walk-through practice Wednesday, rather than a full contact session. Still, it's encouraging to see Allen taking on at least limited work after McDermott labeled him day-to-day with a left foot sprain. As Alaina Getzenberg of confirms, Mitchell Trubisky will take on increased practice action by handling the reps Allen cannot. Allen will have two more chances to upgrade his activity ahead of Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Dec 15, 2021 8:00 AM EST

Gets day-to-day label from coach

Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Monday that Allen is day-to-day with a sprained left foot following Sunday's 33-27 overtime loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: McDermott's description of the injury mostly aligns with Ian Rapoport of NFL Network's report from earlier Monday, which indicated that Allen is tending to a mild case of turf toe. Per Alaina Getzenberg of, Allen was sporting a walking boot on his left foot in his postgame press conference Sunday, but the quarterback suggested he wasn't concerned about the injury and was optimistic he would be ready to play next weekend against Carolina. In any case, the Bills are likely to have backup Mitchell Trubisky take at least some reps with the first-team offense this week, allowing him to stay prepared for the start if Allen fails to progress as anticipated. Even if Allen enters the upcoming weekend without an injury designation, the Bills could look to scale back his workload on the ground to better preserve his health. In addition to throwing for 308 yards and two touchdowns against Tampa Bay, Allen provided 109 yards and another score on the ground to finish with one of the best fantasy lines of his career.

Dec 13, 2021 3:01 PM EST

Mild case of turf toe, per report

Allen, who had a walking boot on his lower left leg after Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Buccaneers, is reportedly dealing with a mild case of turf toe, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: Per Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN, the QB is slated to undergo tests Monday but for his part Allen, who continued to play on after suffering the injury, says he doesn't "think it's going to be a big deal." For now, consider the signal-caller day-to-day in advance of the Bills' game against the Panthers this coming weekend.

Dec 13, 2021 5:18 AM EST

Nearly helps pull off comeback

Allen completed 36 of 54 passes for 308 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Bills' 33-27 overtime loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed 12 times for 109 yards and another score.

Analysis: Allen and the rest of the offense only got three points on the scoreboard during a first half in which Buffalo punted four times and the third-year quarterback threw an interception. However, after the Bills' first drive of the second half ended on downs, Allen was able to lead a trio of nine-play touchdown drives over the next four possessions, along with a 14-play, 70-yard march that culminated in a game-tying field goal. Although the Bills ultimately went three-and-out on their sole overtime possession, Allen's day was certainly an unqualified success from a fantasy perspective and included his first 100-yard rushing effort of the season, as well as his first touchdown on the ground since Week 8. Allen's first opportunity to put the disappointing loss behind him and attempt to firm up his team's increasingly tenuous playoff positioning comes in a favorable Week 15 home matchup against the Panthers.

Dec 12, 2021 6:09 PM EST

Throws touchdown despite wind

Allen completed 15 of 30 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 14-10 loss to the Patriots. He also rushed six times for 39 yards but lost a fumble.

Analysis: Allen unsurprisingly wasn't particularly efficient on a night when wind gusts around 50 miles per hour made it extremely difficult to throw. Compared to opposing quarterback Mac Jones' mere three attempts, however, Allen had far more chances through the air. He capitalized on a New England fumble by throwing a 14-yard touchdown to Gabriel Davis in the first quarter, but that only came after a bad handoff exchange between he and tailback Matt Breida resulted in a fumble of Allen's own. While he managed to compensate with decent yardage on the ground, leading the Bills in the category, the inclement weather combined with a stingy Patriots defense restricted Allen's overall output.

Dec 6, 2021 8:22 PM EST

Highly efficient despite mistakes

Allen completed 23 of 28 passes for 260 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in Thursday's 31-6 win over the Saints. He also rushed eight times for 43 yards.

Analysis: Coming back from a stretch where he'd thrown five interceptions over the previous three games, Allen started off the contest hot by leading a 10-play, 65-yard march that he capped off with a seven-yard touchdown toss to Dawson Knox. He eventually helmed another possession that ended in a field goal before short-circuiting the Bills' last two drives of the first half with interceptions in New Orleans territory. Allen would atone in the third quarter by leading scoring marches of 75 and 53 yards on Buffalo's first two possessions, capping those off with scoring passes to Stefon Diggs (five yards) and Knox (24 yards). Allen would eventually close out the scoring for either club with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Matt Breida, making it a stellar fantasy effort overall. While the continued turnovers are a concern, Allen heads into a Week 13 showdown with the Patriots on Monday night, Dec. 6 with plenty of momentum stemming from Thursday's effort.

Nov 25, 2021 8:34 PM EST

Picked off five times in last three

Allen completed 21 of 35 passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 41-15 loss to the Colts. He added two carries for 18 yards and ran in a two-point conversion.

Analysis: Allen was intercepted on an ill-advised 3rd-and-18 throw to cap Buffalo's opening drive. The next possession almost ended with another interception, but a review determined that the ball hit the ground on the play in question. Allen made the most of the second chance, finding Stefon Diggs for a six-yard touchdown, but it was all Colts outside of that drive. Indianapolis picked off Allen again in the third quarter en route to a 38-7 lead before Allen found Diggs for a nine-yard touchdown and ran in a two-point conversion in the fourth. While his ceiling remains among the highest at the quarterback position any given week, Allen has now thrown five interceptions in the past three games after totaling just three over his first seven contests. He'll look to reverse that recent trend on Thanksgiving against the Saints.

Nov 21, 2021 1:14 PM EST

Bounces back with over 350 yards

Allen completed 21 of 28 passes for 366 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 45-17 win over the Jets. He added three yards on two rushing attempts.

Analysis: After failing to lead his team into the end zone in last week's upset loss to Jacksonville, Allen didn't take long to end his touchdown drought, capping Buffalo's first drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to third-string running back Matt Breida. He added a 12-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs in the final minute of the first half to take a 17-3 lead into the halftime break, and it was all Bills after that, as they built up a 38-3 lead by the end of the third quarter. Allen set a new season high in passing yards while eclipsing 350 for the third time, and he has also tossed multiple touchdown passes in all but two games this season, so he'll remain a top-end fantasy option under center in Week 11 against the generous Colts secondary.

Nov 14, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Disastrous outing

Allen completed 31 of 47 pass attempts for 264 yards and two interceptions while running for 50 yards on five carries against Jacksonville on Sunday.

Analysis: It was a dysfunctional and utterly bizarre game in many ways, and Allen's fantasy output was probably the biggest shock among them as the Bills unthinkably lost 9-6 to the Jaguars. Perhaps playing without two starting offensive linemen helped bring about the struggles, and pressure was indeed a problem as the Jaguars sacked Allen four times while hitting him eight times. While a game this fluky isn't a fair representation of Allen in general, it's a brutal missed opportunity for his fantasy investors in a matchup where everything appeared favorable on paper. As much as it might be difficult for Allen's rattled fantasy investors to feel reassured after a game like this, Allen should bounce back against the Jets in Week 10.

Nov 7, 2021 1:26 PM EST

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