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Josh Allen as passenger is a rarity in Buffalo Bills’ offense

Buffalo shows ability to win multiple ways versus Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys v Buffalo Bills Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images

Josh Allen threw 15 passes against the Dallas Cowboys. It was the fewest amount of passing attempts the Buffalo Bills quarterback has thrown in a game since his very first time playing a regular-season game for the franchise. In that game, he replaced an ineffective Nathan Peterman in Week 1 of the 2018 season against the Baltimore Ravens and passed the ball 15 times.

Since that first game by Josh Allen, he has thrown the ball over 15 times in every single regular-season or playoff game except for Week 17 in 2019 against the New York Jets when he only played a few snaps before sitting down and getting prepped for the playoffs. In fact, after his rookie season concluded and excluding the aforementioned Jets game, Allen has only had one regular-season or playoff game where he threw less than 20 passes.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott has espoused the benefits of “complementary football” many times, with fan and media interpretation of that phrase being varied. But the ability to win games in as many fashions as possible showed up for Buffalo against the Cowboys and very much made an argument to be included in the definition. Josh Allen didn’t throw an interception. The defense played great football against a hot scoring Dallas offense. And the rushing attack took over a game in a rare sight for Bills fans. All of it merged together to lead to a dominating Bills victory in a game many may view as being very “complementary.”

Josh Allen being a passenger in the Bills offense is a rarity. And it’s probably a breath of fresh air for Bills fans who would like to occasionally see their team be able to win a in a fashion other than “Josh Allen, please go be Superman.” Even Superman needs a breather here and there.

Josh Allen wasn’t Superman against the Cowboys.
He wasn’t even Clark Kent.
He was Jimmy Olsen. Helpful and nice to have there, but not even close to being the main character.

And for one game, that’s kind of nice.


...and that’s the way the cookie crumbles. I’m Bruce Nolan with Buffalo Rumblings. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram @BruceExclusive and look for new episodes of “The Bruce Exclusive” every Thursday on the Buffalo Rumblings podcast network!