Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills face high expectations for 2020, but the young quarterback vividly remembers how last season concluded. As he prepares for his third year in the NFL, Allen is ‘not over' Buffalo's playoff loss versus the Houston Texans.
Josh Allen on the playoff loss to Houston: "I'm definitely not over it and I know that we had opportunities to win that game…it continues to drive me."@news4buffalo
— Heather Prusak (@haprusak) June 11, 2020
In just his second season with the Bills, Allen was able to make his playoff debut in 2019. The Wild Card matchup against the Texans began with Buffalo taking a 16-0 lead late in the third quarter.
Despite holding a decent lead over Houston, it was evident that Allen and Buffalo's offense was out of sync. The former No. 7 pick would finish the game completing just 24 of his 46 pass attempts for 264 yards. He would fail to record a single passing touchdown in the contest.
As a result of the Bills' offense becoming stagnant, the Texans forced the game into overtime. After failing to capitalize on their lone possession in overtime, Buffalo would lose following a game-winning field goal by Houston's Ka'imi Fairbairn.
Even though the Bills failed to advance in the postseason in 2019, Allen showed some improvements in his game. The dual-threat quarterback would conclude his second year with 3,089 yards, 20 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions. However, the most glaring concern is Allen's accuracy, with him completing just 56.3 percent of his passes in his first two seasons.
There's no doubt that Allen and the Bills had plenty of opportunities to secure a victory over the Texans in last season's playoffs. While the loss still resonates in his mind, Allen is surely using that as motivation for the upcoming season.