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Why Josh Allen IS the guy at QB for the Buffalo Bills

The question persists. Reasonably so. I hear it on the podcasts like Nick and Nolan and with the Bills Guys, with articles, videos, and pretty much all of Bills media. But I'm here to tell you why we finally have a franchise QB in Josh Allen.

The Stats

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way: Josh Allen is much better than the QBs drafted in this millennium to be the guy for the Buffalo Bills. Let’s start with wins. And, as Bruce Nolan says, wins are not a quarterback stat … it’s true. But they’re not NOT quarterback stat either. We all can remember all three of these other fellows giving the game away in the last minute. Anyway, here are their numbers:

  • Trent Edwards: 14-19 (42% winning)
  • J.P. Losman: 10-23 (30% winning)
  • E.J. Manuel: 6-12 (33% winning)
  • Josh Allen: 14-9 (61% winning)


OK, so maybe wins are about the team and the coaching and all that. So, let’s take a look at a more pertinent statistic for QBs: touchdowns vs. interceptions. And Josh, during his career thus far, has not had better talent around him than these other guys. Let’s look at their TD to INT total through their first 23 games in which they started.

  • Trent Edwards: 21 TD:17 INT
  • J.P. Losman: 27 TD:20 INT
  • E.J. Manuel: 24 TD:16 INT * (only started 18 games in his career)
  • Josh Allen: 42 TD:20 INT

Now, that’s not bad. In fact, if we compare him to other “franchise” guys for other teams, let’s compare the numbers over their first 23 games:

  • Andrew Luck: 41 TD:21 INT
  • Carson Wentz: 35 TD:18 INT
  • Aaron Rodgers: 47 TD:15 INT
  • Dak Prescott: 45 TD:8 INT
  • Russell Wilson: 41 TD:14 INT

Now, keep in mind, I’m comparing Allen to some of the best QBs in the league, and he didn’t have the legion of boom or Aaron Rodgers frisbee dogs or Dak Prescott’s offensive line or Carson Wentz’s sexy red beard. And Allen did not get to sit out three years to learn behind a HOF QB before he was thrown to the dogs.

More Than the Stats

Let’s face a fact: none of these great QBs were great in their first 23 games. Yes, some showed promise and some other factors I will soon get to, but they had something … something … that I can’t exactly put a name on, and neither can you! Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, etc. … none of these guys were awesome right out of the gate, but they had some things we saw that inspired us to believe in them:

  • Inspired their team
  • Won big games
  • Come back wins
  • Made other players better
  • Constant improvement

Just now, Josh Allen is starting to get some respect on his name. He was a joke, the laughing stock of NFL media … but Skip Bayliss isn’t laughing now, is he? Guys, I don’t remember Trent Edwards getting lifted to the sky by his offensive lineman like Simba. I don’t remember a player the caliber of Jalen Ramsey having to admit that Losman was better than he thought. I don’t recall the Patriots needing to knock Manuel out of the game with a dirty hit to ensure a victory.


Allen has won big games against the Jaguars, the Vikings, the Cowboys, and so on, and with him, Cole Beasley and John “Smokey” Brown are about to set career numbers. Allen has improved his accuracy more than anyone (including our own dear Joe Marino {I’m still tracking this Joe!}) could have imagined! This season, Allen has a 61.5% completion percentage, and he’s just getting better, and this season, he has 24 TDs to 8 INT, including 8 rushing TDs so far, which is a higher rushing TD mark thus far this season than the following players:

  • Nick Chubb
  • Lamar Jackson
  • Josh Jacobs
  • Phillip Lindsay
  • Deshaun Watson
  • Leonard Fournette
  • Le’Veon Bell
  • etc. etc. etc.

Right now, he is tied for seventh in the NFL for rushing TDs, and he is only six away from Cam Newton’s single-season rushing touchdown mark of 14. Why do I bring up rushing? Isn’t that a stat? It is. But did you see how his teammates on offense and defense responded to Josh Allen after he fumbled the snap then bullied his way to a first down over poor Jourdon Lewis? Dude. The team was amped.


Allen inspires this team. He blows up defenders. Von Miller compared Allen’s stiff arm to that of NFL legend Bo Jackson. And we’ve all seen it. He throws the best stiff arm in Buffalo since, my man, Fast Freddie Jackson!

So, does Josh Allen measure up? Let’s take a look:

  • Inspired their team: check.
  • Won big games: check.
  • Come back wins: check.
  • Made other players better: check.
  • Constant improvement: check.

Conclusion


Here’s the upshot, Bills Mafia. Go get your #17 jersey. He’s the guy. You know why it feels different these last two years? Because it is different. These aren’t your same lovable loser Bills. This is a team that is building something special, and a big part of it is because of the strong arm and punishing running style of a certain ex-cantaloupe farmer. We finally have a franchise QB, and I am damn happy about it.

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