Josh Allen set the NFL ablaze in 2020 with a red-hot start that earned him the AFC Offensive Player of the Month award for September. To conclude his arrival as one of the league’s best quarterbacks, Allen just bookended the year with another AFC Offensive Player of the Month award for the final month of the season. In doing so, Allen became only the third Buffalo Bills player to ever win two “Player of the Month” awards in one season—joining Bruce Smith (1996) and Thurman Thomas (1991). Thomas, you may recall, won the MVP award that year. Hint, hint.
Allen won this award with a phenomenal string of performances in five games from December through the first week of January. In those games, all wins, Allen threw 15 touchdowns against two interceptions, and rushed for two additional touchdowns. He completed 70.1 percent of his passes for 1,516 yards and 8.24 yards per attempt, with a passer rating of 117.5. Adding 110 rushing yards, Allen was sacked only four times and only lost one fumble.
This weekend’s Bills-Colts Wild Card game will feature some extra hardware, because Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner won the AFC Defensive Player of the Month award in December. In addition, rookie running back Jonathan Taylor was named the NFL Rookie of the Month.