Playing quarterback in the NFL is difficult enough under normal circumstances because of the physical demands during the game and all the preparation required before it. Buffalo Bills signal-caller Josh Allen aced the Week 9 test against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks while dealing with an additional burden.
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen was masterful in the early going
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Third-year Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen got off to an outlandish start to the 2020 NFL season by throwing for 1,326 yards and 12 touchdowns through four games. With only one interception and a 71% completion percentage, he graded out to a 122.7 passer rating.
The next four weeks, including losses to the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs, weren’t nearly as good. After tweaking his non-throwing shoulder in Week 4 vs. the Las Vegas Raiders, Allen completed only 62.8% of his throws with four touchdowns and four interceptions to kill the buzz about a potential MVP season.
Still, Allen had the Bills off to a 6-2 start to take command of the AFC East, putting Buffalo on track for its first division title since 1995.
He riddled the Seattle Seahawks defense in Week 9
Given the way Patrick Mahomes, Derrick Henry, and Aaron Rodgers have played in the first half of the season, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen probably has too much ground to make up to get back into the running for MVP honors. However, Allen did get the opportunity to go head-to-head in Week 9 with Russell Wilson, who has staked a claim to the top in the MVP race.
Wilson had a big statistical day as the Seahawks traveled to Orchard Park, New York. He completed 28 of 41 attempts for 390 yards and a pair of touchdowns. However, he also threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles.
Meanwhile, Allen was having arguably the finest day of his young career. He completed 31 of his 38 attempts for 415 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in leading Buffalo to a 44-34 victory. He drove the Bills to three touchdowns and a field goal in their first four possessions, then iced the win with a 3-yard keeper in the fourth quarter to make the score 41-20.
Josh Allen got heartbreaking news before beating the Seahawks
The Buffalo Bills revealed following the NFL Week 9 victory against the Seattle Seahawks that the grandmother of quarterback Josh Allen died Saturday. Patricia Allen, who resided in California, was 80 years old.
The Buffalo News reported that the quarterback spoke to team officials Saturday night and confirmed that he intended to play.
“Before meetings last night, I called Josh and just asked him where he was on it and, obviously, I was expressing my sympathy to him, as well as his family. He said that he wanted to play,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “We just felt like he was going to have to compartmentalize for the better part of 24 hours in order to get through the game. And that’s what he did and then he was emotional after the game. Not an easy thing to play, through.”
Reporters did not learn the news until after Allen had already spoken with the media following the game. A Bills spokesman said Allen will comment Wednesday during his weekly media availability.