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MVP Talk: Why Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen needs to be in the conversation

It’s time to talk.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is starting the season on an impressive hot streak. Not only have the Bills had three big wins to start 3-0, Allen has been the driving force behind it.

Allen came into Week 2 leading the league in passing yards and notching consecutive career highs in passing yards. He’s scoring touchdowns at a blistering pace and after three games, he’s in some elite company.

Here are the last seven NFL MVPs’ stats after three games. All have been QBs since Adrian Peterson’s MVP season in 2012.

Lamar Jackson (2019)

  • 63 of 100 for 863 yards and seven passing TDs
  • 27 runs for 172 yards and 1 TD on the ground
  • No turnovers
  • Combined: 1035 yards, 8 TDs, no turnovers

Patrick Mahomes (2018)

  • 62 of 93 for 896 yards and 13 TD passes
  • 15 runs for 46 yards and no TDs, 2 fumbles but none lost
  • Combined: 942 yards, 13 TDs, no turnovers

Tom Brady (2017)

  • 71 of 110 for 1092 yards and 8 TDs
  • Zero interceptions but a lost fumble
  • Combined: ~1100 yards, 8 TDs, no turnovers

Matt Ryan (2016)

  • 73 of 103 for 970 yards and 7 TDs, 1 INT
  • 8 rushes, 33 yards
  • Combined: ~1000 yards, 7 TDs, 1 turnover

Cam Newton (2015)

  • 56 of 99 for 685 yards 5 TDs and 2 INTs
  • 31 rushes for 134 rushing yards, 2 TDs
  • Combined: 819 yards, 7 TDs, 2 turnovers

Aaron Rodgers (2014)

  • 64 of 102 for 697 yards, 5 TDs and 1 INT
  • 1 fumble lost
  • Combined: ~700 yards, 5 TDs, 2 trnovers

Peyton Manning (2013)

  • 89 of 124 for 1143 yards and 12 TDs

Now for the comparison. Josh Allen is near or better than all of these quarterbacks after three weeks and his team is undefeated.

Josh Allen (2020)

  • 81 for 114 for 1038 yards and 10 passing touchdowns, 1 INT
  • 32 rushes for 84 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns
  • Three fumbles lost
  • Combined: 1122 yards, 12 touchdowns, four turnovers

The last guy on this list to have more combined yards than Josh Allen? Peyton Manning in 2013. Only one guy on the list has more touchdowns than Allen: Mahomes in his MVP year.

The Bills’ quarterback is coming into his own and the league is going to take notice if they haven’t already.