Josh Allen and Zack Moss celebrate a touchdown (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Josh Allen and the offense falter in the early going
On a rain soaked Sunday afternoon in Orchard Park, New York, the heavily favored Buffalo Bills took the field against a Deshaun Watson-less Houston Texans team.
Looking to avenge their loss against Houston in the 2019 AFC wildcard game, Josh Allen and friends were looking to put a hurting on the lowly Texans squad.
During Buffalo’s first offensive play of the game, Allen threw a pick. The beginning of the game was a slow one for Allen and the offense. Luckily enough, the defense was able to pick up the slack. Eventually, Allen would settle into his own, as he finished the game with 248 passing yards, 41 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Going into the 2021 season, the biggest threat that the Bills posed to the rest of the league was the depth of their receiving corps. In Week 1, Gabriel Davis was Josh Allen’s target of choice. In Week 2, Stefon Diggs displayed why he was the league’s leader in receiving yards in 2020. In Week 3, Emmanuel Sanders became an instant fan favorite and made Bills’ GM Brandon Beane look like a genius for bringing Sanders in over the offseason.
In Week 4, Allen went right back to his best friend, Stefon Diggs, who recorded 114 yards on seven receptions. Tight end, Dawson Knox, continues to be a solid option for the fourth week in a row, showing tremendous improvement from last season, bringing in 37 receiving yards and two touchdowns on five receptions.
Buffalo’s offensive line did a great job opening lanes for the Bills’ rushing game, as Buffalo finished the game averaging a solid five yards per carry. Josh Allen was only sacked once, and was only hit four times throughout the game.
Buffalo’s defense continues to be the team's strongest link, posting yet another shutout
Buffalo’s defensive line once again, acted as a brick wall. The Bills’ defense proved that their Week 2 shutout against the Miami Dolphins wasn’t a fluke, as they went out and posted their second shutout in the last two weeks.
The Bills’ defensive line held the Texans to 48 rushing yards, and only 2.7 yards per carry in Week 4.
Buffalo lost a key linebacker in Matt Milano in the first half due to a hamstring injury. A.J. Klein came in to replace Milano, and posted one tackle and one pass defended.
Tremaine Edmunds was able to build off his stellar Week 3 performance against the Washington Football Team, leading the team with six tackles and recording one interception.
The Bills held Texans QB Davis Mills to 87 passing yards, and picked him off twice, all while missing two pivotal pieces to their secondary, safety Jordan Poyer and cornerback Taron Johnson.
The Bills will face the Chiefs in Week 5 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Week 5 is quite possibly the most important game for Buffalo this regular season. The Chiefs are the only team in the AFC that the Bills have yet to top. Kansas City defeated Buffalo in a Week 6 primetime matchup in 2020, and then went on to defeat the Bills again in the AFC Championship game that year.
This game undoubtedly will mean the most out of any game this season (behind playoff games) to Josh Allen and the Bills, as they finally look to topple the mighty Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, the only team left that the Bills have yet to prove themselves to.