Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott has announced that rookie quarterback Josh Allen will get the start this week when the Bills face the Los Angeles Chargers. This shouldn’t shock anyone in the least. The Bills looked miserable in Week 1 while getting humiliated against the Baltimore Ravens.
It was painfully obvious that Nathan Peterman wasn’t the answer in Buffalo; he wasn’t even the guy to hold the torch while Josh Allen got his feet wet. Peterman finished the game completing 5 of 18 passes for 24 yards. Throw in a couple interceptions and you have the ideal clipboard holder for the next 15 games.
Josh Allen was the 7th overall pick in the draft. He came in for mop up duty last Sunday completing 6 of 15 passes for 74 yards. Slight improvement over Peterman, but keep in mind it’s different coming off the bench as opposed to preparing all week with the first team during practice. Allen has an incredibly strong arm; we’ve all seen it. His accuracy has been in question though. I watched him at Wyoming, I was very impressed. I think with some time to sync with his teammates at this level that we’ll see his accuracy improve and he will be a starter in this league for years. The Bills are hoping so anyway.
The Buffalo Bills, last Sunday, looked to have a surefire first overall pick next year. They honestly looked that bad. Granted, in my opinion, the Ravens are one of the best teams in the league this season. But the Bills just looked bad. RB LeSean McCoy only had 7 carries for 22 yards. That has to improve, he needs more touches. But a dismal passing game will have defenses stacking the box. Josh Allen needs to be that guy. He doesn’t need to set the world on fire, he just needs to be efficient enough to open up the running game. McCoy is a true weapon. When defenses are being kept honest, then Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones, Andre Holmes, and the rest of the Buffalo receivers will start to see more balls come their way.
I don’t think anyone out there believes the Bills are bound for the playoffs. They need to give Josh Allen the time to mature, improve, and get settled into the offensive plans. Right now, the entire Chargers defense is licking their collective chops. They’re hungry after a Week 1 loss, they want to bear down on a rookie QB in his first start. The Bills offensive line better be ready. Los Angeles’ defense may be a hot waiver wire pickup this week in fantasy football.
But here we are, on the cusp of another weekend of football. Is this not the most beautiful time of the year?