What a difference a week makes.
After leaping over the Vikings in a 27-6 win last Sunday, this Sunday, the Bills didn’t clear any bars. In fact, they set a new low getting shutout for the first time since 2008 in a 22-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
“I obviously hate losing. It’s the worst feeling for me. I take it upon my shoulders,” Allen said after the loss. “As a quarterback you have to move the ball, stay on the field on third down and I didn’t do a good enough job of that. It hurts me, but the mindset isn’t going to change. We’re in that developmental mindset. We’re want to get better every week, myself included.”
Allen was sacked seven times and although receivers dropped passes, the rookie looked indecisive and tentative in the pocket and made plenty of rookie mistakes, including a costly across-the-body interception in the endzone before halftime.
“(Coach McDermott) calmed me down. He understood I was frustrated and I knew I shouldn’t have done it and I did it,” said all of his conversation with McDermott on the sideline following the INT.
“He was subtle. He understands I’m a rookie and understands I’m going to have growing pains. But, at the same time I hold myself to a higher standard. I don’t care if I’m a rookie or been in the league for 10 years. It’s something I have to learn from and can’t do it again.”
Allen threw a second interception in the second half, trying to thread a ball to Kelvin Benjamin on the sideline.
“We got to be better on executing, myself getting the ball out on time when it needs to be. I got to help the running game, too,” Allen said. “Whether it’s quick passes here or there to get (the defense) back a little bit enabling us to run the ball. I have to be better in all aspects. This is going to be a learning experience. We’ll take it and run with it and we’ll be better as an offense.”
“I just told him, there will be better days, tuck this one away, learn from it. Watch the tape (Monday) and then move on,” added running back LeSean McCoy. “He’s a good player, he’ll be around a long time. We’ll have better days.”
McCoy is in his 10th year in the league and quite possibly enduring one of the roughest stretches to his career. He’s played in only four of the Bills’ games and has 16 attempts for 61 yards. He carried the ball just five times for 22 yards in the loss on Sunday. After he sat out last week’s win over the Vikings with a cracked rib cartilage, head coach Sean McDermott the lingering rib injury wasn’t the cause for limiting the running back’s touches.
“Anytime you don’t put up points, you’re going to look at everything and start making sure we’re putting players in the proper position,” added head coach Sean McDermott. “Look, this is a team game. It wasn’t just the offense, it was defense and special teams all in it together. We have to learn from this, continue to develop and build.”