Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs Lack Christmas Connection vs. Chicago Bears; Reason for ‘Panic’?
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was the first to admit that Saturday’s 35-13 Christmas Eve win over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field was far from pretty, despite winning by over 20 and winning the AFC East.
But with a far from perfect, cold and windy win, there were still plenty of reasons to find room for improvement.
Most notable was the lack of passing game production between Allen and star receiver Stefon Diggs, who had a lackluster receiving game compared to the numbers he was used to.
Diggs finished with just two catches for 26 yards on a day when Buffalo’s rushing attack dominated for offense. That came nearly two weeks after he had just three catches for 37 yards in a 20-12 win over the New York Jets.
Worst performance of the season on Saturday certainly raised some eyebrows towards a receiver who is currently third in the league in terms of receiving yards.
But is Allen panicking?
“At this point, I’m not panicking, I’m not freaking out,” Allen said. “He’s had such a great year and he’s helped us get to this point right now… We’re going to learn from that, we’re going to move on from that.”
Allen unpromptedly admitted after the game that he needs to give Diggs more of the ball, which many Bills fans would love to see despite the win.
“I want to get 14 more involved,” Allen said. “That’s something I have to keep doing… He’s the best receiver in the game.”
Allen ended the season in victory with his second-lowest completions (15) and passing yards (172), making it understandable that Diggs’ day wasn’t statistically productive. On solid days, he relied on Gabe Davis and Dawson Knox, both of whom had touchdowns but still only finished for 83 combined receiving yards.
“Distributing the ball is obvious when we’re at our best, but as many times as I can aim 14 and get him the ball… He’s such a special talent, we want the ball in his hands,” he said.
But Allen made it clear that it’s not in the plan to force throws on Diggs just to keep his promise. That could lead to more interceptions for Allen, who had two bad ones on Saturday.
“The last thing I want to do is force-feed someone when it’s not there,” Allen said. “I want to keep finding the right man to throw it to.”
In a way, it could be seen as a positive that the Bills were able to post a double-digit second-half win despite getting next to nothing from their star receiver.
But if a Super Bowl is going to be for arguably the best team in the league this season, getting the ball to Diggs has to be on the to-do list.
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