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[BN] Blitz: Josh Allen has a chance to make another Thanksgiving statement

[BN] Blitz: Josh Allen has a chance to make another Thanksgiving statement

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Nov. 25, 2021

Josh Allen dives for first down after fumble Dallas game (copy)

Josh Allen gained a first down on this play against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in 2019 – one of his career highlights.

With Bills back on national Thanksgiving stage, Josh Allen looks to make another statement

Thanksgiving Night 2019 was a memorable night in Buffalo Bills history. Josh Allen introduced himself to the NFL and endeared himself to fans in Buffalo with a big win in Dallas that moved the Bills into position to basically wrap up a playoff spot.

Two years later, Bills fans are again looking to Allen to show them the way.

The Bills are in New Orleans tonight at a sort of crossroads in their 2021 season. They've lost two of their last three. Thanksgiving could be a sort of turnaround in a way it was two years ago.

Mike Tirico, the NBC broadcaster, recalled being glued to the TV watching that 2019 game with Allen leading the offense.

“Now you get a little adversity, and you feel the pressure that Dallas, that Pittsburgh, those flagship franchises feel on a regular basis of ‘What’s wrong with this team?’ as they go through a little tough patch,” Tirico said, “and on Thanksgiving, they have another chance to remind everybody how good they are."

Jay Skurski looked back at that 2019 game, and looked toward tonight, when Allen can remind us all how good the Bills can really be.



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Brees vows to be objective: "My job, when I’m in the booth, is to try to articulate the game in the best way that I possibly can to the fans. Exactly what’s happening on the field. To be very impartial." Alan Pergament has more in his latest TV column, which has the details on a halftime interview with Josh Allen. Read more

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