ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. [WKBW] — After arguably one of his best games as a pro, Bills QB Josh Allen responded with one of his worst.
Allen completed just 17 of 39 attempts for 146 yards and had only nine rushing yards. The Bills only touchdown came in the fourth quarter, as the offense was contained for almost the entire afternoon.
"I have to find more completions early on," Allen said after the loss. "Take what they give us. Maybe [I] felt like I was pressing a little bit when they were bringing some good pressures that we maybe hadn’t seen, or they brought it, and they brought a good game plan."
"I thought there were some plays that he wanted to have back, particularly early there, some throws," Bills head coach Sean McDermott said after the game. "This experience will help our football team moving forward."
Despite not throwing any interceptions, Allen coughed up a fumble and was sacked six times as the Ravens dominated the Bills defensively. It was the Bills fewest points since their last loss to Cleveland in Week 10.
"I don't think they surprised us at all," McDermott added. "When we turned the tape on they played some good football – a lot of good football – and at the end of the day, we did not execute. Our fundamentals, throwing and catching were not where they needed to be offensively."
Perhaps the only bright spot on offense was the play of rookie running back Devin Singletary, who led the Bills with 89 yards on 17 carries. Singletary now has 642 yards on 115 carries this season, an average of 5.6 yards per carry.
"We know what we did [wrong]," Singletary said about the poor performance from the offense. "We’re going to go back and watch the tape and see what we have to fix. We know we have a chance, we have a team, so we’re going to stick together and keep playing."
After three straight impressive outings, the Bills once again showed consistency on the offensive side of the ball is something this team is searching for. And while Sunday was a setback, the players inside the locker room after the game were confident they'll be able to rebound.
"We’re going to learn from this, and I’m sure defense is going to watch the film and try to do the same thing," Allen added. "We have to be prepared, find a good game plan going into next week, and try to get
"We just have to execute better," wide receiver John Brown said after his three reception game. "We have to make the plays. All of them count."
Unfortunately for the Bills, things don't get any easier -- with the 8-5 Steelers on the horizon. Pittsburgh, like Baltimore, has one of the top defenses in the NFL and does a great job getting to the quarterback. If the Bills are going to get their 10th win, they'll need a big day from their offense.
"There is no moral victories, McDermott said. "We have to learn from [this] and continue to grow as a football team and as an organization."