Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills were expecting a tough task going into Washington to take on the Commanders who were 2-0 coming into this game. After winning AFC Offensive Player of the Week from his Week 2 performance against the Las Vegas Raiders, Allen was looking to continue his momentum going into an anticipated tough matchup.
The Bills ended up blowing out the Commanders after a dominant defensive outing, which included four interceptions (one was a pick-six) and nine sacks. The offense had a tough time getting into the endzone aside from their one passing touchdown in the first quarter, through the first three quarters.
The Bills' offense would finish this game with 386 total yards, and Allen was able to pass for 218 yards, one touchdown and an interception. He also had a quarterback rating of 79.9. While this was not his most dominating performance, Allen still managed to keep the ball safe (aside from his one interception on a third down pass), and once again got nine different weapons involved in the passing game.
He targeted wide receiver Stefon Diggs 12 times which was the most by far out of everyone involved. The next closest was Gabriel Davis with four targets.
Allen also managed to get three carries for 46 yards on the ground, as well as a rushing touchdown. He went unsacked, and was able to utlize the short routes that was given to him which allowed the Bills to move the chains and keep Sam Howell off the field.
While the score looked big, the offense wasn't a huge contributor until the fouth quarter. However, Allen himself didn't put the pressure on himself and force plays that could have been a mometum change for the offense. It's not always about the production that matters the most, but sometimes it is about taking what the defense shows, and doing what needs to be done to keep the easy flow going. That is what Allen did today, rather than trying to play hero ball.