The Buffalo Bills are 5-3 and in first place in the AFC East division.
New England is right on their tail at 5-4 so they have no buffer.
One of the most surprising results in Week 9 involved the Bills.
No one predicted that they would lose to the 2-6 Jacksonville Jaguars.
Prior to this game, the Jaguars had not even won a game in the US; their only win was in London against the Miami Dolphins.
The Jaguars are admittedly a young team that needs time, experience, and more players to surround their young stars before being truly competitive.
Nonetheless, they pulled off the colossal upset of the Bills, and Bills fans are not overreacting if they are concerned about the team.
Here are three reasons the fans should be concerned.
3. Losing Games They Should Win
Let’s face it, the Bills have a pretty easy schedule.
The New York Jets and Dolphins are in their division so that should be a guaranteed four wins right off the top.
New England is harder to predict so that is their true competition within the division.
They also recorded wins against the Washington Football Team and the Houston Texans.
The Bills won those as they should.
However, in Week 1, the Bills had the Pittsburgh Steelers on the skids and managed to drop that game by a score of 23-16.
Jacksonville is also an inexcusable loss.
Their other loss against Tennessee makes a little more sense.
That game was a close one also; the Bills lost 34-31.
The Buffalo Bills have serious problems in terms of consistency and offensive execution this season. We saw it against Pittsburgh, Miami, and now Jacksonville. The Bills beat themselves, like most of their losses this year.
Bill Belichick is now sneaking up in the background: pic.twitter.com/sZMpyUUc87
— Schlasser (@UrinatingTree) November 7, 2021
2. Not Protecting The Quarterback
In their losses, quarterback Josh Allen is getting sacked a lot.
Those three games saw Allen get sacked 10 times.
He has only been sacked 12 times on the season.
No one on the Bills team wants to see Allen take those hits so the offensive line needs to figure out what’s happening in those games.
The Jaguars recorded four of their season total 15 sacks against the Bills.
1. Only Scoring Six Points Against Jacksonville
The last time the @BuffaloBills failed to score a TD in a gm was in Wk 17 of the 2019 season (13-6 L to NYJ)—Josh Allen sat that game w/ Buffalo already clinching a playoff birth
This is the first gm in the Josh Allen era where Buffalo didn’t score a TD (offensive or defensive)
— Mike Tannenbaum (@RealTannenbaum) November 8, 2021
How is it possible that the Bills offense could not score a touchdown on the Jaguars defense?
Allen has thrown 17 touchdown passes on the season and rushed for one touchdown also.
The Bills have the weapons to put points on the board so it is astounding and concerning.
Instead, Allen struggled to keep possession against Jacksonville.
He threw two interceptions and had a fumble.
Everybody Is Taking Responsibility
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) November 7, 2021
After the Jags loss, quarterback Josh Allen said:
“Credit to them. They came out, they wanted it more. We had a lot of little things add up to big things. I put the ball in danger too often. Hit us in the butt. Played like s—, excuse my language, but that starts with me.”
Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll also blamed himself.
“We all have work to do. We all can improve. You have honest conversations. You have truthful conversations. I’ll always take accountability for that (kind of performance). That’s my role.”
The Bills are too talented to continue losing games like this.
They are expected to rebound against their Week 10 opponent, the 2-6 Jets.
If they do not, the concerns will deepen.