Last Sunday, Bills rookie phenom Josh Allen was sent out for all of the world to see, perhaps for the first time, and he didn’t disappoint his prospective suitors. Unleashed, Allen put on a show of arm and leg strength that hopefully gave Bills fans a glimpse of Allen’s very bright future.
A future so bright, he won’t have to wear Shady out.
Unfortunately, it is not a sure thing, Allen may turn out to be a shooting star rather than a superstar, and the Bills came up short right at the end, 21-17, to the Fracking Fins.
But our deb sure is exciting.
The Bills run game, which has been MIA for most of the season, showed up against MIA in the form of Josh Allen. JA ran for 135 yards on 9 carries and was only tackled once or twice. He is the third leading rusher in the entire league the last two weeks.
KooKoo Alonso was particularly abused and embarrassed by Josh, who juked or simple shoved KooKoo out of the way in the open field. Charged with being a spy on Allen, Alonso became The Spy Who Lost Me, and was often seen watching a white Bills #17 jersey from behind.
But it was Josh Allen’s arm that coulda shoulda woulda got Bills fans the most excited after Allen threw for 330 yards in the game, too, which reads 230 in the stat book because the Bills can’t catch the ball.
On the final shoulda-been game-winning drive of 90 yards with no time-outs, Allen threw three lasers for first downs before Zay Jones and Charles Clay dropped the last two.
Sure, Cray Zay may have been interfered with, but it was a perfect back-shoulder throw to the 5 yard line that needed to be caught. And yes, the final throw on 4th and 11 could have been better but it was Herculean just to be in a position to get it there, and if it weren’t for Hands and Feet of Clay, the Bills would have had a comeback win for the ages.
Zay had a small coming out party of his own with two nice TD catches earlier in the game, although he also had three glaring miscues. Jones is way better but not good, at least not yet, and is likely to keep Bills fans jonesing for his replacement next year.
The game also turned out to be the last for Kelvin Hasbenjamin, he of the turtle legs, alligator arms and sea lion hands, who was released mid-week and immediately signed by the KC Chiefs to replace oft-injured ex-Bill Sammy Watkins.
The Bills defense, however, shut down and shut up the Dolphins like a huge swarm of empty plastic six-pack rings. After an opening TD drive of 65 yards, Miami and Benny Tannehill only mustered 110 the entire rest of the game, 12 total first downs and averaged 2.6 yards per rush and 3.5 yards per play, which is pitiful even for the fish.
Penalties continued to crush and haunt the Bills, the most undisciplined team coached by a disciplinarian you can imagine. The Special Teams were especially brutal. You know things are bad when Hausch Money is a sucker bet, missed a gimme PAT and an everyday (for him) 54 yarder.
Things were so bad on ST that I still can’t name our punter, we now have to look for flags AND fumbles every time Isaiah McKenzie is back for a kick, and Coach McD didn’t even let Hauschka attempt a 58-yarder with seconds left in the first half.
Granted, that could have been because McDermott was too concerned with messing up time management, which is his forte.
But the story of the game and the rest of the season, now that the Bills are out of the hunt, is all about Josh Allen’s trajectory, which hopefully is not tragictory.
His coming out party was a blast to watch, and he’s single-handedly putting the fun back in fundamentals.
This week the Bills host the New Jersey Jests, who we shot down a month ago somewhere over the Meadowlands, and whose fans are already getting sick of their turnover machine known as Sam Darnold.
So come on down to the madhouse on Santa Monica for cold adult beverages, free wings at halftime, more holiday cheering, and another Josh Allen coming out party.
Allen promises to come out firing against the Jets, on land and through the air. He has quite an arsenal.
By Pete Rosen
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