Josh Allen continues to silence critics with performance in Week 2
It is hard to deny the development of Josh Allen after his performance in the first two weeks of the 2020 season.
There is no question that one of the most hotly debated topics in the NFL is whether or not Josh Allen was a good NFL quarterback. For the most part, everyone would agree that the Buffalo Bills quarterback is a unique weapon for this offense due to his athleticism and his ability to make plays with his legs.
Where the debate really began is as a passer and whether or not he could be a winning quarterback from the pocket. Those questioning his place within the league would point to his below-average completion percentage and high turnover numbers through the first two years in the league.
While he improved last year in both areas, there was enough room to argue the case. However, after these first two games for Josh Allen, there is no more debate and the Bills quarterback is playing like one of the best in the league.
In the first two games, Allen has completed over 70% of his passes while throwing for over 729 passing yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions. As Pro Football Reference tweeted, this is elite company that Allen has found himself in.
One of the things that have stood out so far this year is how much Brian Daboll is trusting Josh Allen as a passer and asking him to do. Last year, when the Buffalo Bills got a lead they would try to run the ball and work the clock.
This year, there doesn’t appear to be that let up in their play calling. In Week 1 against the New York Jets, Allen had 39 attempts when the Bills had the lead. Last season, Allen threw the ball only 143 times when the team had the lead.
In Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills were able to get the lead back in the fourth on a touchdown pass to Gabriel Davis. The Bills were able to force a three and out and get the ball back with 4:26 left in the game.
This appeared to be a perfect time to run the ball and chew up the clock. However, after a run by Devin Singletary, the Bills called four pass plays and the drive ended with a 46-yard touchdown pass to John Brown.
The performance through the first two weeks hasn’t been perfect (he did have two fumbles in Week 1) and the argument will likely be that the caliber of the opponent is not going to be mistaken for some of the best in the league.
However, the same was said last year when the Bills faced the New York Jets and New York Giants to open the year. In those two games, Allen threw for an average of 253 passing yards with only 2 passing touchdowns and four turnovers (two interceptions and two fumbles). There is no denying that Josh Allen has looked significantly better this season in comparison to the start of last year.