Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3 pregame thoughts for Week 14

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Why isn’t Josh Allen getting more carries?

An even bigger issue with the head coach is the handling of his most effective runner, Josh Allen. The question even being presented to McDermott on if he and Daboll are on the same page stirs up conspiracy theories. Who’s responsible for Allen’s lack of rushing attempts?

Sean McDermott often notes his zeal for being a physical team. He wants his team to be able to run the ball effectively and stop the run on defense. Ironically, his team has not been able to accomplish either this season. And although Allen is second on the team in rushing yards, the Bills could benefit from him running the ball more.

Brian Daboll has been creative running Allen when the game plan calls for it. Against Kansas City in Week 5, Allen ran the ball 11 times for 59 yards and a touchdown in a game the Bills won easily. In New Orleans, Allen rushed for 43 yards on eight carries and added a score. The Bills also won that game going away.

In the Bills’ five losses this season, Allen has averaged just six carries per game; not the type of production expected of such a gifted runner of the football.

The problem here rests with McDermott. Daboll has shown the ability to create and call effective quarterback runs but if McDermott is telling Daboll not to run Allen, he is hindering the team with his micromanagement, which is causing the Bills to ignore one of their deadliest offensive weapons. If this is the case, it all needs to change this week in Tampa.