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Josh Allen

Buffalo Bills
Quarterback #17
Buffalo Bills
Quarterback #17
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Big numbers but no win in opener

Allen completed 30 of 51 passes for 270 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Bills' 23-16 loss to the Steelers on Sunday. He also rushed nine times for 44 yards and committed two fumbles, losing one.

Analysis: While Allen's numbers certainly were appealing from a fantasy perspective, they came up short in the real-world context due to the Bills consistently failing to cash in drives with touchdowns. Allen and his offensive teammates did appear to be building some momentum late in the first half when he hit Gabriel Davis for a nifty three-yard touchdown pass, but Buffalo's two second-half scoring marches culminated in Tyler Bass field goals. Allen did display his usual strong chemistry with Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley, hitting his top duo a combined 17 times for 129 yards, and he and the Bills will look to atone for the Week 1 stumble Week 2 against the Dolphins on the road.

Sep 12, 2021 1:45 PM EST

Shreds Green Bay's backups

Allen completed 20 of 26 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's preseason game against Green Bay.

Analysis: With Stefon Diggs (knee) held out, Allen completed five passes to Gabriel Davis and four apiece to Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders while leading the first-team offense to 14 points on three drives against Green Bay's second-string defense. Allen will get a real challenge Week 1, with Buffalo hosting the Steelers at 1 p.m. ET on Sept. 12. Diggs should be ready for the opener after going through pregame warmups in uniform Saturday morning.

Aug 28, 2021 11:44 AM EST

Starting preseason finale

Allen will start under center in Saturday's preseason finale versus the Packers.

Analysis: According to head coach Sean McDermott, the starters' action could range from as little as one play to a little more than a half. It's unclear where Allen falls in that spectrum, but it does mark his first action of the preseason, so it's possible the staff wants him to get a little tune-up in before the regular season. Mitchell Trubisky figures to take over under center whenever Allen's day is done.

Aug 26, 2021 2:14 PM EST

Won't play this weekend

Allen won't play in Saturday's preseason game against Chicago, Matt Parrino of reports.

Analysis: Sean McDermott mentioned only Allen and WR Stefon Diggs (knee) by name, but other key players will also be held out, with the Bills coach saying he'll rest most of the core players who have been with the team for a few years, per Marcel Louis-Jacques of McDermott wouldn't commit to Allen playing or not playing in the team's third and final preseason game next week, per Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic.

Aug 19, 2021 6:50 AM EST

Won't start Friday night

Allen won't play in Friday's preseason game against the Lions, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Allen recently signed a six-year, $258 million extension, the second-largest contract in NFL history. His absence Friday night leaves more playing time for Mitchell Trubisky, Jake Fromm and Davis Webb, while Allen could make an appearance -- likely a brief one -- in the second or third week of the preseason.

Aug 11, 2021 6:48 AM EST

In for the long haul

The Bills have signed Allen to a six-year contract extension through the 2028 season.

Analysis: Losing Allen was never really going to be an option, but the team also didn't want to have the franchise quarterback in limbo and no one was going to negotiate if the season got started and Allen didn't have an extension. Now that this is out of the way, Allen can continue to focus on getting the Bills over the hump following last season's AFC Championship Game appearance. He'll be one of the first three quarterbacks off the board in almost any fantasy format.

Aug 6, 2021 10:01 AM EST

Fifth-year option picked up

The Bills exercised the fifth-year option on Allen's rookie contract Monday, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports.

Analysis: No surprise here, as Allen has gone from raw prospect to star quarterback over the course of three seasons. His completion percentage, passing yardage and touchdown totals have all improved by leaps and bounds with every season, and the 2018 seventh overall pick is coming off a stellar 2020 campaign in which he completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 4,544 yards and a 37:10 TD:INT. Allen's scheduled to play the fourth year of his rookie contract in 2021, with the fifth-year option covering the 2022 season.

May 3, 2021 8:26 AM EST

Reverts to old form

Allen completed 28 of 48 pass attempts for 287 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 88 yards on seven carries in Sunday's AFC Championship loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Allen made one of the greatest one-year leaps in progression we've ever witnessed from his sophomore to junior campaign. The rising star improved his completion percentage 10 points (59 to 69 percent) while posting MVP-level passing numbers in 2020, but the quarterback we saw on the field Sunday was closer to the inferior 2018/2019 versions. Allen was under duress in the pocket and forced some inaccurate throws when he wasn't straight up getting sacked (four sacks for a combined loss of 53 yards). The 24-year-old tried to get the offense going with his legs, as his 88 rushing yards represented a new season high. The Bills were outclassed by the Chiefs on both sides of the ball, and that all shouldn't fall on just the quarterback, but Allen certainly didn't perform up to the gaudy expectations he set after a tremendous overall season. How the young gunslinger responds to the sting of bitter defeat will ultimately determine which direction his development moves in his fourth year as a pro, but Buffalo fans and fantasy managers have to feel optimistic after witnessing the overwhelmingly positive results Allen displayed this season.

Jan 24, 2021 8:43 PM EST

Gets Bills to AFC Championship Game

Allen completed 23 of 37 attempts for 206 yards and a passing touchdown, adding seven rushes for three yards during Saturday's 17-3 divisional-round win against the Ravens. He fumbled once, but teammate Dion Dawkins recovered the loose ball.

Analysis: Allen's Bills entered the contest at a perfect 6-0 record since Week 13, with the third-year signal-caller compiling 20 total TDs and an NFL-best 1,840 passing yards during that span. Buffalo came out firing through the air with pass attempts on 19 of the team's first 20 plays from scrimmage, but Allen's output in passing yardage provided the MVP candidate with his fourth-lowest total of the 2020 campaign. Heroic statistical contributions weren't required, as Baltimore struggled to score throughout the night. A head injury to Lamar Jackson on the final play of the third quarter further stifled the Ravens' attack. In what will either be a home game against the Browns or a road trip to take on the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game, Allen has an opportunity to push Buffalo to its first Super Bowl appearance since 1994.

Jan 16, 2021 8:36 PM EST

Three totals TDs in first playoff W

Allen completed 26 of 35 passes for 324 yards and two touchdowns while adding 54 yards and a touchdown on 11 rushing attempts in Saturday's 27-24 wild-card round win over the Colts.

Analysis: Allen showcased his creativity and improved decision-making on a three-yard touchdown pass to Dawson Knox late in the first quarter, flipping the ball to the tight end when he saw Knox wide open in the end zone on a play that was designed to be a quarterback draw. He then gave the Bills a 14-10 lead just before halftime with a five-yard touchdown run to cap a controversial drive that included a pair of sideline catches by Gabriel Davis that were both ruled in bounds to account for 56 yards, followed by an interception called back on a penalty and another would-be interception overturned on replay. Allen added a 35-yard touchdown pass to favorite target Stefon Diggs to take a 24-10 lead early in the fourth quarter, and though Buffalo's offense largely stalled after that, Indianapolis' comeback bid came up short. With his first career playoff win in the books, Allen will have another home playoff game in the AFC divisional round next week.

Jan 9, 2021 1:35 PM EST

Finishes with 45 total TDs

Allen completed 18 of 25 passes for 244 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 56-26 win over the Dolphins. He also rushed twice for three yards and was replaced by Matt Barkley at halftime to keep Allen healthy for the postseason.

Analysis: Allen was intercepted on the opening drive but responded with a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes to Isaiah McKenzie and another to John Brown to help the Bills take a 28-6 lead into halftime. With Buffalo feeling comfortable about its chances of securing the No. 2 seed in the AFC, Allen got the rest of the afternoon off. The 2018 first-round pick made a third-year leap in 2020, throwing for 4,564 yards and a 37:10 TD:INT to go with 421 yards and eight touchdowns on 102 rushing attempts to lead Buffalo to a 13-3 record.

Jan 3, 2021 1:53 PM EST

Active for Week 17

Although the Bills have listed several starters as inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Allen is not among them and will presumably start against Miami.

Analysis: Allen's favorite teammate Stefon Diggs is also suiting up, but some of the key inactive such as Tre'Davious White, Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison should provide a clue as to how the Bills are viewing this game, which can only decide the Bills as the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the AFC, and even the latter would require a Pittsburgh win. It's impossible to predict how some of these Week 17 games will go, but the smart guess would seem to be that Allen and the main active guys will stay out there long enough to stay polished for next week's playoff game. while perhaps coach Sean McDermott will leave them out there long enough to continue setting some franchise records. On top of it all, the weather is not supposed to be great in Buffalo on Sunday.

Jan 3, 2021 8:52 AM EST

Rest candidate for Week 17

Allen may be a candidate to receive rest in Sunday's game against the Dolphins, if the Bills don't make him a healthy inactive for the contest, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Bills head into the regular-season finale in the driver's seat for the AFC's No. 2 seed, but they would drop to third in the conference standings with a loss and a Steelers win over the Browns, which may then result in Buffalo losing out on a potential home game in the divisional round. While that gives the Bills at least some incentive to put out their best squad Week 17, head coach Sean McDermott could look to manage the workloads of key players like Allen carefully, with an eye on ensuring the team heads into the postseason in optimal health. According to Chris Brown of the Bills' official site, McDermott said earlier in the week that he has a plan in place for how key players will be used against Miami, but he's choosing to keep it internal. With that in mind, Allen could be a risky fantasy option even if he avoids the inactive list and draws the start, as there's a real possibility he may only play a series or two before turning the offense over to backup Matt Barkley.

Jan 1, 2021 12:15 PM EST

Picks Patriots apart

Allen completed 27 of 36 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns in Monday night's 38-9 win over the Patriots. He also rushed four times for 35 yards.

Analysis: Allen turned in another dazzling display while only playing a few downs into the fourth quarter. The star signal-caller connected with top target Stefon Diggs on three of his touchdowns, including a 50-yarder that broke the game open prior to halftime. With four scores total, Allen set a new Bills franchise record with 34 passing touchdowns on the season, and topped 300 yards through the air for the eighth time this term as well. Overall, it was an additional outstanding showing for Allen in his tremendous third season, which he'll now aim to close out strong in Week 17 versus the Dolphins.

Dec 28, 2020 8:12 PM EST

Dinged up, ready for action

Allen (knee/ankle) was listed as a full participant on Thursday's practice report.

Analysis: The translation is the running quarterback took some hits in Saturday's win over the Broncos, but he'll be perfectly fine for Week 16 action, especially with an extra day to rest his bumps and bruises with the Bills having yet another prime time game Monday against the rival Patriots.

Dec 24, 2020 12:23 PM EST

Clinches division with dominant day

Allen completed 28 of 40 pass attempts for 359 yards and two touchdowns, adding three rushes for 33 yards and two rushing scores during Saturday's 48-19 win against the Broncos.

Analysis: The 24-year-old was already enjoying an all-time Bills season coming into Week 15, sitting atop the franchise record books with 35 offensive TDs (28 passing, six rushing and one receiving). With a dominant effort against Denver's injury-depleted secondary, Allen posted his third consecutive outing of two or more passing TDs as Buffalo clinched its first division title since 1995. Notching his first outing of the season with multiple rushing scores, Allen now has 12 games with both a pass and rush TD since the start of 2019 (NFL high). He also joined Cam Newton as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with 30-plus pass TDs and eight or more rushing scores in a single season. A Week 16 matchup against New England will be challenging with Allen having an opportunity to build on his MVP bid. Allen has never exceeded a 62 percent completion rate over four games against New England, posting a career 3:6 TD:INT ratio.

Dec 19, 2020 4:56 PM EST

Carries team to gritty victory

Allen completed 24 of 43 pass attempts for 238 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while adding 28 rushing yards on six carries in Sunday's 26-15 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: The Steelers wanted to test Allen's gumption by blitzing the signal caller early and often Sunday. The upstart quarterback was forced into some poor throws (which have been few and far between this season), but he was able to overcome the pressure and make plays when it mattered (7-for-14 on third down plays) and secure victory over another AFC contender. Statistically it was one of Allen's lesser performances this year, as he was completing 70.4 percent of his passes while averaging a 283.6 yards and a shade under three combined touchdowns per game prior to Sunday's slow grinding victory. Next week's opponent, the Denver Broncos, also boast a tough pass defense, but they are not as aggressive in terms of blitzing the opposing quarterback (29.0 percent) compared to the Steelers (40.2 percent).

Dec 13, 2020 10:25 PM EST

Shines in primetime win

Allen completed 32 of 40 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in the Bills' 34-24 win over the 49ers on Monday night. He also rushed six times for 11 yards and committed two fumbles, losing one.

Analysis: Coming off his third sub-200-yard passing effort of the season in Week 12 against the Chargers, Allen shredded a 49ers defense that had just gotten Richard Sherman back from injured reserve a week earlier and had done an above-average job limiting opponents through the air. Allen began his scoring barrage with a five-yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley to erase an early second-quarter deficit, and he'd go on to add scoring tosses of four, 23 and 28 yards to the eclectic trio of Dawson Knox, Isaiah McKenzie and Gabriel Davis, respectively. The third-year signal-caller did commit his 14th turnover of the season with a lost fumble on a mishandled handoff on his own three-yard line late in the first quarter, directly leading to the 49ers' first touchdown. However, the 24-year-old otherwise thrilled fantasy managers with his second-highest passing yardage total of the season and first interception-free performance in three games. He'll look to continue his stellar season while facing the formidable challenge of the Steelers defense in a Week 14 Sunday night showdown.

Dec 7, 2020 8:29 PM EST

TDs as passer, runner in win

Allen completed 18 of 24 passes for 157 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Chargers. He added 32 yards and a touchdown on nine carries while also losing a fumble.

Analysis: Allen found a wide open Dawson Knox in the back of the end zone for a two-yard touchdown in the first quarter and later watched Cole Beasley throw a 20-yard touchdown on a trick play en route to a 17-6 halftime lead. The mobile quarterback briefly exited the game in the second quarter after having his leg twisted awkwardly but returned for the final play of the first half. He didn't look limited by the injury on Buffalo's first drive after halftime, diving for the pylon to score on a three-yard run. All told, Allen has a 22:8 TD:INT to go with six rushing scores heading into a Week 13 Monday Night Football clash with the 49ers.

Nov 29, 2020 1:58 PM EST

Accounts for three TDs in loss

Allen completed 32 of 49 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions in Sunday's 32-30 loss to the Cardinals. He also rushed for 38 yards on seven carries, and caught a 12-yard TD pass from Isaiah McKenzie.

Analysis: It was another big performance for the third-year QB, as Allen led the Bills in rushing in addition to being involved in all three of the team's TDs on the afternoon. He's thrown multiple touchdowns passes in eight of 10 games this season, leading to a 21:7 TD:INT, and he's also produced six other scores (five rushing, one receiving) as Buffalo heads into its bye week.

Nov 15, 2020 4:59 PM EST

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