Josh Allen, Bills offense explode in 43-21 win vs. Washington Football Team

09/26/2021
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The Buffalo Bills’ offense finally got back on track after a 43-21 rout of the Washington Football Team. After struggling on offense during the first two weeks, questions were rising about regression for the Bills and especially for quarterback Josh Allen in 2021. Those questions were given an emphatic answer, as Allen scored five total TDs, and the defense created three turnovers.

Given that Washington had extra time to prepare coming off a big division win against the Giants on Thursday Night Football, the Football Team was expected to keep it closer than they did, and the reason it was close at halftime was the result of mistakes on the part of the Bills. 

We’ll take a look at what was the most inspiring aspect of the game, the part that has some questions that need to be inquired, the player that requires a better performance moving forward, and the part of the game that was the most irksome.

Inspire: The Offense

Josh Allen and the Bills’ offense looked fantastic against a talented Washington defense.

Allen looked comfortable, calm, delivering passes on time and creating on his own. Allen finished 33/44 (75%) for 358 yards, four passing touchdowns, and added one on the ground as well.

It was an extremely impressive performance for any quarterback in the NFL, and it’s Allen’s first 300+ yard game this season. Allen’s connection with free-agent addition Emmanuel Sanders was also very evident today, as the two hooked up on 5 catches for 94 yards and two TDs. Tight end Dawson Knox also continues his strong start to the season, making a great play on a fade pass for a touchdown, while also catching three other passes on the day.

More so, the Bills talked about how they wanted to be more efficient running the ball. So far this season, and particularly in this game, they have done just that. Zack Moss was very good today, getting good, consistent yards, finishing with 60 yards on 13 carries, while also adding a receiving touchdown for his day. 

4 biggest takeaways from Bills 43-21 rout vs. Washington

Inquire: Pass rush

After a very hot start to the season, the Bills pass rush was severely lacking against Washington until the 4th quarter. Taylor Heinicke was given plenty of time on his throws, and while the Washington offense struggled in spite of Buffalo’s lack of pass rush, intercepting Heinicke twice, and forcing a fumble of former Bills TE, Logan Thomas.

Regardless, the Washington OL kept Heinicke clean and he was able to elude pressure on his own as well. It’s not a major concern, as they have played far better than last year, but they were more than capable of getting consistent pressure against this Washington team, and failed to do so.

Require: Isaiah McKenzie

McKenzie is a very fun, exciting, versatile player. It’s why he was kept on the roster and as the primary returner for this season.

While he has had some good returns in the first two weeks, McKenzie had a huge gaffe in the 2nd quarter after Washington’s 1st TD of the game. The kick seemed to hang in the air as it got taken by the wind, and dropped straight down well ahead of where McKenzie was anticipating, and McKenzie made no effort to come up and play the ball, and Washington recovered the ball, leading to another score. McKenzie is capable of being a good returner, but it’s plays like that kickoff that leave something to be desired. He has plenty of time to turn it around, but the Bills can’t afford a random bad play and turnover against a better opponent.

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Irk: Penalties and TDs

It’s difficult to find much to be irksome about when it comes to the Bills’ performance against the Washington Football Team. Some false starts on offense set them back, but didn’t kill any drives. The two TDs came on back-to-back drives and were the results of big plays. The first TD going to Antonio Gibson who broke several tackles on a smart screen pass to beat the Bills’ blitz. After the ensuing kickoff was recovered by Washington, Taylor Heinicke beat the Bills defense to the edge, rushing for a TD, diving for the pylon. Overall, very difficult to find too much to complain about with Buffalo’s performance today.

This was exactly the type of win that the Bills wanted to have, dominating both sides of the ball, and creating a comfortable lead in the 2nd half. The Bills face a ramshackle Texans team in Buffalo next week, and it should be another opportunity for the Bills to get their offense more confident into an even greater rhythm.

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