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Buffalo Bills Links, 9/23: Josh Allen searching for his rhythm

Plus, taking a look at Buffalo’s Week 3 matchup with Washington

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If Buffalo Bills fans think they’re frustrated at the lack of continuity from Josh Allen, their All-Pro quarterback who has yet to find his rhythm, that’s nothing compared to the lofty standard Allen holds himself to.

Allen knows expectations are high for himself and for Buffalo’s offense, which is coming off a 2020 season where they set franchise marks for points scored in a season (501), and today’s edition of the Bills daily links leads off with analysis of Allen’s performance through the first two weeks of the season.

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Josh Allen still searching for his rhythm

Yes, Josh Allen hasn’t enjoyed the same MVP-caliber performance from last year through two games, but Allen and the offense have shown signs of progress, particularly during a 35-0 drubbing of the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. In that game, Allen directed the offense to five touchdowns against one of the top five cornerback tandems in the NFL, while Allen and his receivers connected for several exceptional plays on three of the team’s TD drives. Conversely, Allen’s 56 percent completion rate is more in line with his first two seasons in the NFL.

A.J. Epenesa hungry for more

While the box score showed A.J. Epenesa was held without a sack as the Bills’ defense racked up six quarterback takedowns in a win over the Miami Dolphins, it doesn’t adequately reflect the chaos Epenesa caused from his defensive end position.

Seven former Bills among Hall of Fame nominees

Special teams standout Steve Tasker, linebackers Cornelius Bennett, London Fletcher, and Takeo Spikes, offensive lineman Ruben Brown, fullback Larry Centers and defensive back Troy Vincent are among this year’s official Hall of Fame nominees with ties to the Bills.

Analyzing Week 3 vs. Washington

We size up the matchup between the Washington Football Team and Buffalo, delving into the key storylines to watch, numbers to know and game predictions on who will win this matchup of 1-1 squads.

Odds and ends

Get the latest injury news on defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, cornerbacks Levi Wallace and Dane Jackson, and safety Micah Hyde. Plus, the Bills bring back a familiar face from the preseason as offensive line depth, we profile Bills owner and president Kim Pegula, and hear from New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul on plans to release a state-commissioned analysis of a new Bills Stadium.