Does Bill Belichick believe the Josh Allen hype now? Bills' MVP candidate torches Patriots
Maybe Bill Belichick is an "I'll believe it when I see it" kind of guy.
ESPN broadcasters mentioned multiple times on Monday Night Football that the New England head coach told them he "hasn't bought into" the Josh Allen hype.
All Allen did was torch the Patriots in a Buffalo Bills' 38-9 blowout victory. Allen finished 27 of 36 passing for 320 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 34 to pass Jim Kelly (1991) for the franchise single-season record.
ESPN analysts Brian Griese and Louis Riddick said they talked to Belichick about Allen leading up the the MNF showdown. Allen has developed into an elite quarterback and MVP candidate but Riddick said Belichick "wasn't having any of it."
Later in the broadcast Griese said Belichick pointed to the teams' Week 8 matchup, when New England held Allen to 154 yards passing and an interception. The Bills still won that game, 24-21.
Belichick told Griese: "We didn't see it in that first game. We took care of him in that first game."
He certainly saw it in the second game.
Allen surpassed 300 yards passing for the eighth time this year, setting a Bills record. The Bills were so dominant that they pulled Allen to put in Matt Barkley early in the fourth quarter.
In Belichick's defense, Allen was 0-3 against the Patriots in 2018 and 2019. But this is 2020.
Buffalo is 12-3 and has captured the AFC East title for the first time in 25 years.