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Winning not enough for Allen as Bills QB demands 'pursuit of perfection'

By Sports Desk November 26, 2021

Josh Allen said the Buffalo Bills must not abandon their "pursuit of perfection" after a mixed performance in Thursday's rout of the New Orleans Saints.

Allen threw four touchdowns as the AFC East leaders won 31-6, ending a streak of five consecutive defeats to the Saints dating back to December 1998.

Allen was 23-of-28 passing for 260 yards as the injury-ravaged Saints suffered a fourth-straight loss to move to 5-6 for the season. It was also his sixth game in two seasons in which he had four or more passing TDs, a figure surpassed only by Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers (both nine) since 2020.

It was not a spotless display, though. Allen threw two interceptions, including one in the red zone for the first time in his career, and the loss of Tre'Davious White to a knee injury could yet bring big complications for their season.

The 25-year-old Allen, seventh overall pick in the 2018 Draft, is determined to lead the Bills to as close to a faultless performance as they can get.

"We got to, like I said, continue to find ways to stack these weeks," Allen said. "Every week is a one-game season. We've got to look at it that way and find ways to win football games here going forward.

"But again, it's the pursuit of perfection, that this team, we're not just happy with winning. Again, we want to be the best versions of ourselves every day we step into that building, every time we step on the field."

Allen was hit on the lower legs by Saints defensive tackle Christian Ringo in the third quarter, which left coach Sean McDermott unhappy.

"I thought they should be called for one, quite honestly, on Josh," McDermott said. "I'm really frustrated that that doesn't get called. That's clear as day to see that. I just want to protect my quarterback."

In Week 13, the 7-4 Bills host the New England Patriots, who put a five-game winning streak on the line against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

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