At this point in time of the season, the Buffalo Bills find themselves 5-3 on the season and second in the AFC East. It is not exactly where many people expected them to be, as the Bills were regarded as one of the best teams in the NFL through preseason chatter.
In the three losses Buffalo has suffered in the first half of the season, quarterback completion rate was 70% or lower. This may not seem totally horrible, but if you look at the games Buffalo won, Allen had a completion rate of 75% or greater in 3 out of 5 of them.
So if one of the keys to winning is a hot passing attack, where might the Bills get that? An answer might be wide receiver Gabe Davis.
Davis has had a quiet first half of the 2023 season. He has just one game with over 100 yards and only two games over 65 yards. However, Davis might be hitting a slight stride with a 87 yard game last Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That game included a touchdown grab which is the third of the season for him and it was his first one in two weeks.
Davis had 93 targets a year ago in the 2022 season. This season, he is second on the team in targets (47) to Stefon Diggs (90). Spreading the ball around the offense to guys like Davis may help generate some more fire power on offense. When the number one player in targets is nearly two times ahead of the man in second place, it needs to be addressed.
More targets in Davis' direction can help the Bills. The game against the Bucs proved that and in this upcoming week against the Cincinnati Bengals, Allen can look in Davis' direction. The Bengals are in the bottom half of the league in allowed yards per completion (7.2) and this can help Davis build confidence he got last week.
Davis' slow start is nothing to be alarmed about. In fact, more balls getting thrown his way will help not only him, but also Allen and the rest of this Bills' offense.