In the dying minutes of the Buffalo Bills’ loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at home on Sunday, it was clear star-wide receiver Stefon Diggs wasn’t too happy with quarterback Josh Allen.
The 27-10 loss did not produce Allen’s best effort, as the score clearly indicates. He finished 25 of 42 in snowy Buffalo weather for 265 yards with no touchdown passes and one interception. His only touchdown of the day was on the ground.
Diggs saw 10 goals from Allen to lead the Bills, but he only caught four for 35 yards. There were times when Allen just missed what looked like big plays for Diggs, but the receiver’s frustration came after the penultimate drive of the game when the Bills turned it over on downs.
Under 17 you would think Diggs would be targeted by Allen as has been the case all season. But Allen only looked at Diggs once during that 10-play drive, resulting in an incompletion, as BJ Hill hit the intended pass down the line of scrimmage.
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On 4th and 6 Allen also scrambled to the right to extend the drive, and it looked like Diggs was a little open in the end zone. Instead, Allen threw it to Gabriel Davis, who dropped a 3rd and 2 pass earlier in the game that negated the previous drive, and he couldn’t reel it in.
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At that point, Diggs appeared to say a few words to Allen on the sidelines, throwing his arms in the air as the quarterback ignored him and looked at his tablet.
If that wasn’t enough, Diggs also reportedly booked it out of the Bills’ locker room before many came through the tunnel after the final whistle. According to The Athletic, it was the practice squad that brought back Duke Johnson, an NFL veteran, that kept Diggs from leaving the stadium.
Diggs eventually returned to the Bills’ locker room, but not for long.
Head coach Sean McDermott noted that Diggs was present for his post-game speech for the team before leaving.
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It’s no secret that Diggs is ultra-competitive, and sometimes that boils over. Buffalo was the favorite in this game considering the conditions, the Bengals being beaten in their offensive line and the fact that the offense is one of the best in football.
However, Joe Burrow and the Bengals thought otherwise and made it clear that they are a force in the AFC, returning to the championship for the first time in franchise history for the second year in a row.
It’s the second year in a row that the Bills fell in the AFC Divisional Round after being on the wrong side of a legendary game played in Kansas City last season. Travis Kelce’s touchdown in overtime was the winner of the game in the back-and-forth offensive offense witnessed by the NFL world.
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But make no mistake, Diggs and Allen are a dynamic duo that the competition still fears. And Diggs isn’t going anywhere as he becomes free agency in 2028.