Bills' dynamic Allen-Diggs duo 'just scratching the surface'
By John Wawrow
AP Sports Writer
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Receiver Stefon Diggs isn’t altogether content with how he and quarterback Josh Allen have teamed up to rewrite several pages of the Buffalo Bills’ single-season record book.
Acquired in a trade with Minnesota in March, Diggs likes to remind people this is only the dynamic duo’s first season together.
“I don’t know the past. I just know Josh right now, and he’s playing great football,” Diggs said. “I feel like we’re scratching the surface on the potential we have.”
Now there’s a scary thought.
The sixth-year player provided the sobering perspective after the AFC East champion Bills routed New England 38-9 on Monday to win their 12th game for the first time since 1993 and complete their first season sweep of the Patriots in 21 years.
Allen and Diggs put their chemistry on full display before a national prime-time audience.
Diggs earned his first AFC offensive player of the week honor with nine catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns. In the process, he upped his NFL-leading season totals to 120 catches, extending his Bills single-season record, and 1,459 yards, eclipsing the team record of 1,368 set by Eric Moulds in 1998.
Allen’s four touchdown passes gave him 34 this season, surpassing Hall of Famer Jim Kelly’s team record by one. And Allen needed to play just three snaps into the fourth quarter to top 300 yards passing for the eighth time and break the team record set by Drew Bledsoe in 2002.
It’s unclear whether the two can add to their production with coach Sean McDermott not revealing whether he’ll rest his starters Sunday when Buffalo hosts Miami. The Bills can fall no lower than the AFC’s third seed, and would clinch the No. 2 spot with a win or a Pittsburgh loss.
However things turn out, Diggs and Allen have already made a big impression on their teammates.
“I’m sorry, let me just say this, Diggs is a problem. Man. Woo! Him and Josh,” Hyde said, interrupting the first question posed to him following the game. “I got a free ticket to watch them play. Man, it’s impressive. To see them, it’s like they’re playing Madden out there.”