Josh’s Journey: 10 games that have defined Allen and what we learned about him

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Bills quarterback Josh Allen runs with the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 16, 2018.

Harry Scull Jr.

Week 2, 2018, vs. Los Angeles Chargers  

Significance: Allen’s first start, and a rude awakening to the NFL.

Result: Chargers 30, Bills 21.

Statistics: 18 of 33, 246 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions; 8 carries, 32 yards.

Highlights: Allen was sacked five times and was harassed much of the day by the Chargers’ defensive pressure. Safety Derwin James was a heat-seeking missile, blitzing Allen on 11 plays, chasing him sideline to sideline and contributing to two of the sacks. The Bills fell behind, 28-3, but Allen did breathe some life into an offense that had been dominated in a season-opening loss at Baltimore. The game also was noteworthy because Bills cornerback Vontae Davis decided to retire at halftime.

Quotable: “This week we decided, hey, let’s put some pressure on the rookie,” said Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward.

“That was my first start,” Allen recalled in a 2019 interview. “I was trying to change the protection. I said different words than what they actually meant and what I actually meant to say. The line was all discombobulated. It was all my fault, and there was nothing I could do about it. It was just kind of one of those baptism by fire deals.” ‘

Josh Allen (17) of the Buffalo Bills dives with the ball…

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