Buffalo Bills: Grading Josh Allen’s Week 18 performance against the Dolphins

Buffalo Bills v Miami Dolphins
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For the fourth consecutive season, the Buffalo Bills (11-6) are AFC East champions after their 21-14 victory over the Miami Dolphins. With the glory of another division title for the Bills, came a rough start to the game after the Bills picked off Tua Tagavailoa to start the game. On the Bills’ first two offensive drives of the game, they both ended with Josh Allen being picked off in the end zone.

While Allen did have three turnovers, he also went 30/38 through the air with 359 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner to tight end Dawson Knox. In addition, he also led the Bills in rushing with 67 yards, which included scrambles out of the pocket in crucial third down situations late in the fourth quarter. This game may have not been his best, but it certainly was not like the last two games against the Chargers and Patriots.

With this win, Allen continues his dominance of the Dolphins in his career as he is now 11-2 against them and showed that the Bills are a resilient team after being 6-6 just over a month ago.

Allen’s connections with Stefon Diggs and Dalton Kincaid helped the Bills move the ball, both of whom caught over 80 passing yards each and each had 7 receptions off of 8 targets. However, it was wideout Khalil Shakir who led the Bills in receiving yards with 105 yards off of 6 catches. This game is proof that it is not about how you start, but about how you finish. It started off badly for the Bills and they didn’t get going until the fourth quarter. The defense for Buffalo bailed out Allen and the offense on the Dolphins’ last five offensive drives.

Buffalo is riding a high note and if it was not for Allen coming up big in the fourth quarter, who knows if the turnout would have been the same.

Josh Allen's Week 18 Grade: B+