This is the 14th entry into the 2021 Josh Allen Game Grades series. Each week, Josh Allen’s numbers, decision-making, and overall performance will be reviewed and given a letter grade.
In Week 15, the Buffalo Bills snapped their two-game losing streak with a 31-14 win over the Carolina Panthers in a game where they were in control the whole way.
The Bills certainly had a much more balanced attack in this game, but Josh Allen still threw 34 passes, completing 19 of them for 210 yards.
Allen threw three touchdowns and an interception and finished with a passer rating of 91.5. Allen averaged 6.1 yards per attempt on the day, a slightly more efficient day than the 5.7 he averaged in Tampa.
Allen found Stefon Diggs just four times for 35 yards, but they connected for a score on an excellent back-shoulder throw by Allen.
Allen and Gabriel Davis again established a rhythm, connecting five times for the second game in a row, this time going for 85 yards and two scores. The first touchdown pass to Davis was a gorgeous throw by Allen that threaded the needle, and a great catch by Davis to keep his feet in bounds.
Allen’s foot seemed to hold up fine as well, considering he had an impressive 26-yard run where he weaved through multiple Carolina defenders like Randall Cunningham in his prime.
Josh Allen’s decision-making was fine outside of the interception he threw to Jeremy Chinn in the second quarter.
Week 15 Grade for Josh Allen: B
Josh Allen receives a B grade for his performance in Week 15. Allen had a solid game against arguably the league’s best secondary, but completing just 55 percent of his passes and throwing an interception is certainly not good enough for anything better than a B, regardless of what defense he is playing against.
Allen throwing three touchdowns against one of the league’s best defenses is encouraging, especially with another one of the top secondaries in the NFL in the New England Patriots up next.
Josh Allen and the Bills will head into Foxborough next week to try and take back the division lead from the Patriots and drastically increase their playoff odds. Josh Allen will likely have to be at his very best to beat a very good New England team in Foxborough.
Previous Weeks’ Grades:
Week 1: C
Week 2: C+
Week 3: A+
Week 4: B
Week 5: A+
Week 6: A-
Week 8: B
Week 9: F
Week 10: A
Week 11: D+
Week 12: B+
Week 13: B
Week 14: A-