Josh Allen reveals what he learned from Bills’ playoff loss to Texans
Despite having a young quarterback in sophomore Josh Allen calling the plays for the Buffalo Bills, the team managed to finish with a 10-6 record last season. They eventually collided with the Houston Texans, ending the overtime game on a 22-19 losing effort.
Allen recalled his first playoff experience with NFL.com:
“I think I learned a couple lessons that game,” he said of the Bills’ loss. “One, not to press, being up like we were, 16-0, letting that kind of slip through our fingers there. There’s no doubt in my mind that I should have played better. There are certain things I could’ve done to help this team win that football game, and that’s going to drive me to this day.
“I think number two was the importance of a home playoff game and allowing ourselves to — well, it might be a little different this year — but having a home playoff game where you do have that energy, that excitement on your side and you can feel the momentum swing. It was very apparent during the game you felt the momentum kind of change and it sucked to be on the other side of that, for once. I learned a lot from that game. Still, every time I see highlights or whatever from it, it just kind of makes me cringe because I know we should have been put in a better position and I know I had a huge part in that. I take it very hard on myself, and I’m using that to motivate me.”
Allen and the rest of the Bills have so much to look forward to in the upcoming season. Former Minnesota Vikings star Stefon Diggs decided to pack his bags and joined the team during the offseason. The Bills also added a big body in former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Quinton Jefferson.
The 2020 offseason saw the New England Patriots’ roster be slowly vacated by their players’ recent opt-outs. This could be the best chance that the Bills will get in a long time to dethrone the reigning AFC East division champions.
Having garnered another year’s worth of experience together, the Bills are ultimately looking to make a deeper playoff push in the upcoming season. The first hurdle to their 2020 campaign will be slated on September 13 as they host the rebuilding New York Jets.