Tickets torn by fans for calling to play, ‘wasting’ Josh Allen in loss to Bengals |  News, results, highlights, statistics and rumors

Tickets torn by fans for calling to play, ‘wasting’ Josh Allen in loss to Bengals | News, results, highlights, statistics and rumors

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) takes a hit from Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Trey Hendrickson (91) during the second quarter of an NFL divisional round football game, on Sunday, January 22, 2023, in Orchard Park, New York (AP Photo/ Adrián Kraus)

AP Photo/Adrian Kraus

The Buffalo Bills were projected to be the favorites to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LVII, but unfortunately the team fell short of expectations once again.

Playing in snowy conditions in front of their fans at Highmark Stadium, the Bills suffered a 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in an AFC Divisional Round matchup. This marks the second year in a row that Buffalo has failed to advance to a conference championship game.

Buffalo’s star quarterback Josh Allen made a valiant effort but was surprisingly ineffective, completing 25 of 42 passes for 264 yards and one interception. He did manage to score a rushing touchdown and led the team with 26 rushing yards, which was indicative of the ineptness of the Bills’ offense against the Bengals.

After yet another playoff disappointment, head coach Sean McDermott will have a lot to answer for as Buffalo transitions into the offseason. He has proven to be a solid coach, but his playoff woes are worrisome.

NFL Twitter couldn’t help but criticize McDermott and the Bills offense for not supporting Allen in such a high-stakes contest:

jake jordan @JakeTheBillsFan

Wow, just sad.

How many years are we going to waste with Josh Allen? A conservative defense with mediocre offensive plays doesn’t win a Super Bowl.

The Bills need to look in the mirror and make some serious changes this offseason.

Sunday’s loss will leave a sour taste in Buffalo’s mouths for quite some time. The Bills should be able to retain most of their core, but a recharged AFC won’t be a piece of cake in 2023 either.

Buffalo will take the time to assess the areas it needs to improve, and there’s a chance McDermott’s partnership with Allen will be looked at under a microscope to determine if that’s the best combination for the Bills’ future.

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