After leading Buffalo Bills to a 4-0 start in the first four weeks, quarterback Josh Allen became a hot pick for this year’s NFL MVP award. But Allen will now have a tough time remaining in the MVP talks after delivering a struggling display in the 26-17 loss to Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night.
Allen finished the game against the Chiefs by completing just 14 out of 27 passes attempted while throwing for 157 yards. The 24-year-old Allen did have two touchdowns but tarnished this by having an interception and making costly overthrows.
“We weren’t good enough—I was not good enough,” said Allen after the game. “I got to do a better job, it’s plain and simple, I didn’t play very good tonight. I know that. I understand that. This team can’t afford to have me play poorly.”
After delivering inconsistent performances in the 2018 and 2019 season, it looked like Allen took a step forward this year and will remove any doubts about his status of Bills’ QB of the future. Throughout the first four games in 2020, the University of Wyoming product threw for impressive 1,326 yards while adding 12 touchdowns. He was also completing an impressive 70.9 percent of his passes and had just one INT next to his name.
However, Josh Allen’s game fell apart in Week 5 against Tennessee Titans, when he completed just 63 percent of his passes and threw two interceptions. The outing against Kansas City is arguably even worse, causing the doubts about Allen’s ability to become a factor in the league to surface once again.
Of course, it would be too soon to write off Allen or Bills after just two poor games against Super Bowl contenders. A lot more telling will be the Week 7, when they meet the winless New York Jets.
This could be a perfect chance for Allen to have a bounce-back performance, but also a red alert for Buffalo if he continues to struggle.