3 key takeaways from Buffalo Bills final preseason game

On Saturday, the Buffalo Bills put a cap on the preseason in the Windy City against the Chicago Bears. As the team's focus shifts to Week 1, here are three takeaways from Buffalo's preseason finale.
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Kyle Allen's uneven performance highlights uncertainty as backup quarterback.

Josh Allen started the game against the Bears, completing five of his seven pass attempts for 47 yards, conducting the offense like a fine orchestra. Entrenched as Buffalo's starter, Josh Allen is firmly established as the team's number-one signal caller. However, questions surround whether Buffalo has a capable backup on its roster.

Kyle Allen took the field with many starters after Chicago's second offensive possession. He produced a few first downs before throwing an interception inside Chicago territory. Later in the game, in a two-minute situation, Kyle Allen again turned the ball over on a sack-fumble, relinquishing possession at an inopportune time.

As the game wore on, the narrative was straightforward: Kyle Allen's performance manifested proof of the uncertainty of the backup quarterback position. His ups and downs also underscored the team's vulnerability should Josh Allen be sidelined for any reason.

The story of Kyle Allen's uneven performance has become a catalyst for change. Buffalo's front office has already tried addressing the situation after reports surfaced of the Dallas Cowboys outbidding the Bills in a trade for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance.

Every successful NFL team understands that unforeseen events can occur at any moment. A quarterback injury, while undesirable, is a potential challenge that the Bills must be equipped to navigate. The erratic play of Kyle Allen against the Bears highlights the need for a competent backup on the team. And to avoid derailment due to hypothetically missed games by Josh Allen, it would behoove Buffalo to make a significant addition at the backup position.