Five quarterbacks were taken in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft. This continuing series charts their progress, now thru season three, week 13.
Collect your thoughts. Center your breathing. Now gather that energy and scream from the rooftops: Josh Allen is an MVP candidate.
Allen is coming off another outstanding performance, leading the Buffalo Bills to a Monday Night Football victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Buffalo won 34-24, their first win on Monday Night Football since an October 4 victory in 1999.
Putting up numbers that earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week, Allen was dealing throughout the night. He finished 32-40 and threw for 375 yards without an interception. Allen tossed four touchdown passes, marking the third time he's reached that mark in 2020.
It was also the sixth time Allen surpassed the 300-yard mark after not doing so at any point in his first two seasons. The 375 passing yards are the third-best of his young career.
Allen's poise and growth are something to behold in 2020. The Bills are 9-3, with a one-game lead over the Miami Dolphins. They could easily be 10-2 if not for a Kyler Murray to DeAndre Hopkins Hail Mary pass. It was a game in which Allen led the Bills on the comeback trail, taking the lead with :34 remaining on a touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs.
The Bills can clinch a playoff berth with a win in week 14, plus losses by Baltimore, Miami, and Las Vegas (The Patriots lost 24-3 to the Rams on Thursday night to aid the Bills cause.)
Allen has already thrown for a career-high in yards (3,403) and is completing 69.9 percent of his passes, good for fourth-overall in the NFL. He's thrown 26 touchdowns against only eight interceptions and has only been sacked three times in the last three games.
He hasn't had to run as much but is still second on the team with 322 rushing yards. Allen's six rushing touchdowns leads the team.
Fumbling can still be an issue with Allen but even that number has improved in 2020.
Fun things are happening in Buffalo. Getting back into the playoffs and winning a game are the next steps, a journey that continues this coming Sunday night when the Bills host the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Next four weeks: vs PIT (12/13), @ DEN (12/19), @ NE (12/28), vs MIA (1/3/21)