The Buffalo Bills demolished the Denver Broncos 48-19 on Saturday, and the subsequent outcome was obvious to anyone who watched the game. Josh Allen has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season, a Bills franchise record. In his defenestration of the Broncos defense, Allen completed 28 of 40 passes (70.0 percent) for 359 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He was only sacked once, and added three carries for 33 yards and two more touchdowns.
By winning this award for a fourth time this year, Allen joins vaunted company like Lamar Jackson, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and LaDainian Tomlinson. If he wants to set a higher goal, Jackson and Brady each won the award five times in MVP seasons. Let’s recap how he got here:
- Week 2: 24/35 (68.6 percent) for 415 yards, 4 TDs, four carries, 19 yards, one sack, zero turnovers against the Miami Dolphins
- Week 9: 31/38 (81.6 percent) for 415 yards, 3 TDs, seven carries, 14 yards, 1 TD, 7 sacks, zero turnovers against the Seattle Seahawks
- Week 13: 32/40 (80.0 percent) for 375 yards, 4 TDs, six carries, 11 yards, one sack, one lost fumble against the San Francisco 49ers
- Week 15: 28/40 (70.0 percent) for 359 yards, 2 TDs, three carries, 33 yards, 2 TDs, one sack, zero turnovers against the Broncos
This season has Allen squarely in the hunt for the MVP race (trailing behind Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes), and it should also have him in contention for the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. With 39 total touchdowns (30 passing, 8 rushing, one receiving), Allen has the second-most TDs this season. Rodgers leads the way with 43. With 4,383 total yards, Allen only trails Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in that stat. He has the fourth-most passing yards in the league.
It’s only been two weeks since Allen last won this award, but nevertheless, let’s recap his progress toward Buffalo’s franchise records!
- ✔️ Total touchdowns—Allen set this record last week, and he has 38 through 14 games.
- Completion percentage—At 68.7 with two game remaining. 67.4 percent is the current record.
- Passer rating—The record is 101.2. Allen’s rating dipped slightly since our last check-in, now at 104.2, but he’s still on track to claim this one.
- Passing yards—Allen’s now in second place with exactly 4,000 yards. He needs 360 yards in order to pass Drew Bledsoe for the lead.
- Passing touchdowns—Allen has 30, and Jim Kelly’s record is 33. Four more touchdowns will secure the record.
- Career rushing touchdowns—Allen is now tied with Jack Kemp and LeSean McCoy at 25. Another touchdown would give him the most of any Bills quarterback, and put him at seventh place on the overall list.
- Career passing yards—Allen recently passed Tyrod Taylor for sixth place on this list. Next year he should be able to pass Drew Bledsoe and Ryan Fitzpatrick for fourth place.
- Career passing touchdowns—Allen has 60, which ranks fifth. Next season he could pass Jack Kemp and Ryan Fitzpatrick for third place, but it would take a while for him to reach Joe Ferguson (181) or Jim Kelly (237).