Josh Allen: It’s hard to win when you don’t play your A-game against Kansas City

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Josh Allen and the Bills fell short of reaching Super Bowl LV, falling to the Chiefs 38-24 on Sunday.

Allen finished the game 28-of-48 passing for 287 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He was also the Bills’ leading rusher, gaining 88 yards on seven carries.

But there was clearly a gap between Buffalo and Kansas City in 2020 as the AFC’s top two seeds. Allen thinks it’s difficult to speculate on how wide that gap is.

“When you don’t play your A-game against a team that shows up every game and plays their A-game, it’s hard to win that way,” Allen said during his Monday press conference. “They had a really good plan for what we did. They’re in the Super Bowl for a reason. They found a way and we didn’t and that’s the end of the story.”

Cornerback Tre'Davious White said earlier on Monday that the Bills will have to go through the Chiefs in order to win a Super Bowl. Allen didn’t necessarily go that far, but he did note Kansas City’s obvious success over the last three seasons.

“I mean, they’ve hosted three AFC Championship games in a row and back-to-back Super Bowl appearances,” Allen said. “I think that’s what every team would want, is to be in consecutive Super Bowls and have the ability to win multiple Super Bowls. That’s something that we’ve got to step back and look at.

“We don’t want to be them. We don’t want to be anyone else. But we want to be the best versions of ourselves here and we think that’s good enough.”

13 responses to “Josh Allen: It’s hard to win when you don’t play your A-game against Kansas City

  1. I think it’s probably hard to when even when you do play your A-game against this KC team.

  2. The Bills got hot & had a great run. But they still weren’t better than the Chiefs.
    That’s no reason for all the haters to come out of their caves and start calling Allen a ‘bum” & a “bust” and tearing down the Bills Mafia. It seems so many people were just waiting for the Bills to fail so they could pile on. So sad.

  3. He’s good, they’re good, they’ll be back. The Mahomes Chiefs ran into a wall with the Pats on their first go-round too. This Bills team, and Allen, has what it takes to keep contending.

    It might not get any easier, though, with the Chiefs this dominant, teams like the Browns and Ravens rounding into form, and Herbert and (soon) Lawrence likely hot on their heels.

  4. Basically, he’s saying Diggs didn’t run the correct route and oline didn’t protect him. Putting blame on others is a great idea.

  5. I like Allen, didn’t like him when he lost his cool for a second and threw the ball at Okafor, but for him to come out in the press conference, own the mistake, put it out there and take responsibility for playing that way, albeit for just a few moments, now I like him even more. His persona is far greater than Mayfield’s arrogance. If Mayfield could tone his down he’d be far more likable.

  6. When the Dolphins played bad football and Buffalo just need to show up what did you expect. Almost any team can beat bad teams. your team play in a weak division come back next year and show what you have against some good teams. Face it KC ate your lunch. Bill

  7. The jills aren’t capable of playing an A game. That’s why they’ve never won a Super Bowl.

  8. if you cant bring your A game to the afc championship. You have begger problems than the Chiefs… or you could just say. they just handed it to us and now we know how much we need to improve… getting Hot your last 12 games against lesser teams is fools gold. The chiefs had a brutal schedule facing many playoff team and division winners winning them all. they had days they didnt play their best but they never lost their heads.

  9. players always do best on a contract year.
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    let’s see if he progresses next year…

  10. “When you don’t play your A-game against a team that shows up every game and plays their A-game, it’s hard to win that way,” Allen said during his Monday press conference. “They had a really good plan for what we did. They’re in the Super Bowl for a reason. They found a way and we didn’t and that’s the end of the story.”

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    Yes, they did have a really good plan. Its called excellent coaching. The Bills were easily outcoached Sunday.

    The Bills offense was way too pass centric this year, particularly after being a much more run orientated team the 2 previous years. Balance is good for an offense. If they continue to be the same way in 2021, expect the same final result, no big prize. Unbalanced teams rarely win it all. They already have 2 good backs, they just didnt use them.

    If Buffalo does come back in 2021 with the same unbalanced offense, KC may have set the “blueprint” for how to slow down that down. Of course, you have to have the players to do it, but their strategy worked.

    Lots of time now for the Bills to adjust, so lets see what the coaches do next. Guess we will find out in September!

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