Josh Allen has been the guy powering the Bills’ offense with his legs over the last few weeks. But Sunday against the Lions, he could have a chance to showcase his arm. This week on Buffalo Kickoff LIVE, The Athletic’s Tim Graham took a look at how the rookie QB could take advantage of Detroit’s secondary.
By Tim Graham, The Athletic
We’ve been saying in for a few weeks now: There’s no way Josh Allen is going to run for 100 yards again this Sunday.
That finally should be true today against the Detroit Lions at New Era Field. The Lions have corralled some slick quarterbacks this year, but this might be the day Josh Allen reminds us he well can sling it.
A quick recap about Allen’s scrambles: He rushed for 99 yards against Jacksonville — a Bills record for a quarterback — and would have topped a hundred if not for victory formation kneeldowns cutting into
his total. Then he ran for 135 yards in Miami and 101 last week against the Jets.
That’s probably where the A-train stops. Only three quarterbacks have rushed for more than 4 yards against Detroit this year, and none has topped Mitchell Trubisky’s 18 yards. Quarterbacks the Lions have wrapped up? Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott and Cam Newton.
But get this, Bills fans: Detroit has struggled at pass defense. Only two opposing passers have failed to post a 93 rating this year. Tom Brady — believe it or not — and rookie Josh Rosen last week.
The Lions have given up 25 passing touchdowns and have intercepted just six passes.
Now, there’s some bad news for Josh Allen. The Lions rank fourth in the NFL in sacks per pass attempt at 8.4 percent, and the Bills’ offense is fourth worst in that category, giving up a sack on 9
percent of their attempts.
So today, Josh Allen will have a chance to show not what he can do with his feet, but what he can do if he can stay on his feet. And, that’s gain yards through the air for a change.