Allen’s big day powers Bills past Seahawks
Buffalo’s Josh Allen put himself in the MVP conversation, throwing for 415 yards and three touchdowns while adding a rushing score to outduel Russell Wilson, as the Bills defeated the visiting Seattle Seahawks 44-34 Sunday afternoon in Orchard Park, N.Y., in a matchup of division leaders.
Stefon Diggs and John Brown combined for 17 receptions for 217 yards and the defense forced four turnovers for the Bills (7-2), who remained atop the AFC East.
The NFC West-leading Seahawks (6-2) suffered their second defeat in the past three games.
Wilson, considered by many the front-runner for the MVP award at midseason, was 28 of 41 for 390 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed for a score but lost two second-half fumbles while being sacked as the Seahawks attempted to rally from a 24-10 halftime deficit.
Wilson threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to David Moore and a 7-yarder to DK Metcalf, who had a team-high seven receptions for 108 yards.
Seattle got within 27-20 late in the third quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by rookie DeeJay Dallas and a 44-yard field goal by Jason Myers.
Rookie Zack Moss had a 1-yard touchdown run and Allen scored from 3 yards out to put the Bills up 41-20.
After reestablishing their running game last week in a 24-21 victory against New England, the Bills kept to the air in the first half to attack Seattle’s league-worst passing defense.
Buffalo attempted only three rushes in the first half, instead relying on Allen’s hot hand. He completed 24 of 28 attempts before the intermission for 282 yards and three TDs. Allen threw scoring strikes to Isaiah McKenzie (25 yards), Tyler Kroft (1 yard) and Gabriel Davis (4 yards).
The Bills scored touchdowns on their first two possessions and Tyler Bass added a 44-yard field goal on the third for a 17-0 lead.
Seattle played without its two top running backs, Chris Carson (mid-foot sprain) and Carlos Hyde (hamstring), for the second straight week because of injuries.
–Field Level Media