Del Rio On Bills: Josh Allen Is The Key

The Bills have a good defense and a good rushing attack, Jack Del Rio says, but their long-term success hinges on the quarterback

Taz and the Moose
December 05, 2019 - 10:45 am
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The Buffalo Bills might be the quietest 9-3 team in NFL history. After all, it’s December, and the Bills – the Bills! – are just one game out of first place in the AFC East. They’ve also won three straight and four of five.

Buffalo is a darn good team, no?

“The key is the quarterback,” former NFL coach and current NFL analyst Jack Del Rio said on Taz & The Moose. “Josh Allen has taken a couple steps forward. Can he continue that? That’s the key. To me, they’re a physical team, they’re a tight team, they’re a tough team, they’ve invested in their offensive line, they’re going to run the ball, they’re going to play good defense – to me, that’s winning football.”

Allen, Devin Singletary, and Frank Gore have combined for 1,535 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Allen, in fact, has eight of those rushing touchdowns. He’s also thrown for 2,591 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

“To go to the next level, you’re going to need your quarterback to make plays,” Del Rio said. “In order to run it, you’ve got to convert third downs. You’ve got to get some chunk plays. You can’t just run it, run it, run it and not do anything else. I think the quarterback is going to be the key for them. Josh Allen is showing signs.”

Like his superhero run against the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday.

“When the young man does what he did last week when they fumble the snap, he grabs the ball and he just kind of Supermans his way through about four people for the first down, the team feeds on that,” Del Rio said. “He’s going to need to make a couple plays where he takes off and uses his feet and gets a couple big first downs.”

The Bills host the Ravens (10-2) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Baltimore has won eight straight games.