I just got done telling you that Josh Allen was the top player to watch in this game for Buffalo, but there is definitely another key player on offense and it still isn’t their running back. Allen’s passing numbers have been through the roof this season. Through five games he already has 50% of his passing yards from last season, 70% of his passing touchdowns, his completion percentage is up over 10%, and his yards per attempt are up from 6.7 to 8.4.
So what has caused this massive uptick for Allen? Is it all his development? Has he just faced inferior opponents? That could be part of it, but a big part is that Allen finally has a true number one target in Stefon Diggs.
Diggs has been on fire through five games this season, posting 36 receptions, 509 yards, and 2 touchdowns. If Diggs were to maintain that pace through 16 games it would put him on pace for 115 receptions, 1,600 yards, and 6 touchdowns. Simply put, he’s been a massive addition for Buffalo and is a big reason the Bills passing attack has taken a big step forward this season.
Last week the Chiefs defensive backs allowed multiple big plays down the field. If they don’t want that to happen again, they better have a plan to contain Stefon Diggs. That’s easier said than done, partially because of how good Diggs is and partially because Buffalo has a couple of other options at wideout in Cole Beasley, who is second on the team in receptions, and John Brown, who was their top wideout last season but has been battling injuries lately.
Speaking of battling injuries, the Bills have two key defenders that injury status could have a huge effect on this game.