Grading Josh Allen's Week 17 performance vs. New England Patriots

New England Patriots v Buffalo Bills
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The Buffalo Bills managed to squeek out a 27-21 victory over the New England Patriots to send them to 10-6, with the chance to go down to Miami next week and win the AFC East division from the Miami Dolphins. The game started out rough for the Bills as they allowed a 98 yard opening kickoff return touchdown to go down 7-0 in the first 12 seconds of the game. Then on the Bills' first offensive play, Allen was sacked for a 15 yard loss. However, that would be the only time the Patriots would take control of the game.

At the same time, the Bills' offense did not look great for the second consecutive game and it all started with Josh Allen. This was not a great game by Allen, who even though rushed for two touchdowns, failed to get a passing touchdown and was intercepted in the third quarter. He completed just 50% of this passes (15/30) for 169 yards.

Allen didn't look like himself and there was even a concern to his shoulder as it was shown on the sideline of him being looked at, at his shoulder. The offense struggled today overall, and their defense had a fantastic start (4 takeaways including a pick-six by cornerback Rasul Douglas).

In Allen's defence, there were multiple drops by receviers today for him which made him start out 0-6 before completing his first pass. One highlight of Allen's game was his running ability, carrying the rock 11 times for 44 yards including rushing for the game-winning first down.

This is the second game where the offense could not get going early on and let the Patriots hang around through out the game. The status of Allen's potential shoulder concern will be something to monitor as the Bills head down to Miami next week with a chance to win the division for the fourth consecutive season.

Josh Allen Grade for Week 17: C