Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) - It was a surprising turn of events for the Buffalo Bills this past Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as they got out to a 14-3 lead on the New York Jets thanks to a pair of rushing touchdowns from quarterback Josh Allen.
After the 6:30 mark of the second quarter, Buffalo's offense failed to get much of anything else going, producing only three more points on the scoreboard. Meanwhile, the defense failed to contain the Jets, letting them run the football down their throats and move the ball across the field.
In the end, it resulted in the Jets getting a late go-ahead field goal to take a 20-17 lead, and then the Bills failing to put up a game-trying or game-winning drive en route to the team's second loss this season.
It was another off day for the offense overall, as the Bills only managed 317 total yards on the afternoon to the Jets' 310 total yards of production.
As for Allen, he finished the day going 18-of-34 for 205 yards in the air, but threw two more uncharacteristic interceptions, was sacked five times, and was held off the stat sheet with zero touchdown passes. He did, however, lead the Bills with 86 yards on the ground on nine carries and two scores.
Perhaps the bigger concern with Allen going forward is the health status of his right throwing elbow, which he injured on the final drive of the game trying to get Buffalo in scoring position. On a second down passing play, Allen's throwing arm was hit by Jets defensive end Bryce Huff, causing his arm to bend back in an awkward way.
Despite grabbing his arm and elbow after a third down incomplete pass, the Bills quarterback managed to chuck a deep pass attempt on fourth down to wide receiver Gabe Davis, that ended up falling incomplete.
While the Bills hold their breath on the status of Allen's throwing elbow, which he also injured during his rookie season in 2018, Buffalo will now get ready for a tough challenge this upcoming Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings enter Sunday's contest back in Orchard Park with a 7-1 overall record, with wins in five-straight games. Minnesota's only loss this season came in Week 2 of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles, who remain the only undefeated team this year at 8-0.
It's, arguably, been an MVP caliber season for Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards in eight games, completing 64.8% of his passes with 13 touchdowns to just six interceptions. His play has helped Minnesota to a 4.5 game advantage over both the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears in the NFC North.
Although the concerns surrounding Allen's availability are prevalent, Howard Simon is quite confident that he will be just fine and miss no time for the Bills. However, whether Allen plays this Sunday or not matters none to Howard, as he still have Buffalo coming up short against the Vikings at Highmark Stadium.
Despite picking the Bills to lose to the Vikings, Howard is still riding high with this Buffalo squad, as he finishes his season picks with a 13-4 record, and even picks the Bills to still finish with the No. 1 seed in the AFC.
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