CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Former Wyoming Quarterback, Josh Allen, is about to get his first taste of the NFL playoffs this weekend as he attempts to lead the Buffalo Bills to their first postseason win since 1995.
Allen, who was the seventh overall player to be selected in the 2018 NFL draft, lead the Bills to a 10-6 regular season record and is now gearing up to face the Houston Texans (10-6) in the AFC Wildcard Round of the playoffs this Saturday.
If he is nervous about his first playoff start you wouldn’t be able to tell.
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In an interview with Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN, Allen was keeping the entire experience in perspective.
“I don’t have to be the best quarterback out there,” Allen said. “I have to be the best quarterback for this team and help us win a football game — regardless of the circumstances that go on during the game. I got to be able to lead this team and find a way.”
While the second-year quarterback is often referred to as a “running quarterback,” this season gave Allen a chance to show off his improved passing skills.
He threw for 3089 yards during the 2019 campaign with 20 touchdown passes to only 9 interceptions. This marked a big improvement from his rookie year where Allen passed for 2074 yards and had only 10 touchdowns versus 12 interceptions.
Bills coach, Sean McDermott has seen a big improvement in how the former Wyoming Cowboy has developed as an NFL QB.
“He’s made a jump this year and a big part of one’s success starts with self-awareness — where are you good, what do you need to work on, how you respond to certain situations?” McDermott said.
The Bills, whose fans haven’t seen their team win a playoff game since Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas helped them beat the Miami Dolphins in 1995 are considered underdogs as they travel to Houston to face the Texans this Saturday.
Despite the odds being against them, Allen is remaining focused on the ways that that his team made it to the playoffs.
“It’s the same game we’ve been playing since the beginning of the year — still the game of football,” Allen said. “The dimensions are the same. We’ve had the same plays that we had all year, we’re not trying to do anything different. We’re not trying to switch up practice routines.”
The Bills face the Texans on Saturday, January 4th at 2:35 MST. The Wildcard game will be televised on ABC/ESPN.