Josh Allen: Washington & Steelers defenses are ‘very similar getting to QB’

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The Buffalo Bills struggled to get going at all on offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers in what went down as an upset.

The Steelers won mostly due to their elite pass rush led by the reigning sack leader, TJ Watt.

Thankfully Watt does not play for the Washington Football Team, who is next up on Buffalo’s slate in Week 3. Still, they’ve got talent in their pass rush and Bills quarterback Josh Allen sees similarities.

“Statistically last year they were very similar in terms of getting to the quarterback,” Allen said via video conference. “They’ve got some really good, young players up front that are first-round picks, basically all the way around. Guys that can get after the ball.”

Namely, the Football Team has the likes of Chase Young and Montez Sweat on their defensive line. Both are former first-round selections by Washington and can wreck a game plan as pass rushers.

Like Allen, Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott knows what the stats say.

“Where do you want to start? A lot of first-round picks up front. A lot of depth,” McDermott said via video conference. “Highly talented, the numbers speaks for themselves. The tape speaks for itself. We need to do a good job there if we want to have a chance.”

“There” being along their offensive line. Buffalo’s play in the trenches hasn’t been great this season, even if it’s Allen putting the blame on himself.

“It’s no secret that I didn’t play great last game and I didn’t play great the week before,” Allen said. “I demand so much of myself and I want to execute at such a high level. When things aren’t going well I get so frustrated with myself.”

Reflecting upon the Steelers loss, the eye test tells the story. The Bills lost that game in the trenches in a big way. Against the Miami Dolphins last week in a blowout win, things were better.

But Pro Football Focus tells a bit different story. Per their records, Allen was pressured on 12 of his 33 drop backs. Allen was only sacked once by Miami but was hit eight total times.

However, Allen is looking to do whatever it takes to avoid any struggles with an opposing defense. Even if that means less of him.

“Balance is never a bad thing,” Allen said.

The Bills have gotten some successes from their ground game so far this season… but Buffalo also never consistently stays with it. Running back Devin Singletary did have 6.3 yards per carry last week… but just 11 total carries.

Maybe keeping Washington off-balance with handoffs and play-action passing could be in the game plan.

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