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Josh Allen surpasses Jack Kemp for most rushing TDs by a Buffalo Bills QB

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Josh Allen’s fourth-quarter score from two yards out broke the tie. With 26 rushing touchdowns, Allen has passed Jack Kemp for most rushing touchdowns by a Buffalo Bills quarterback. Kemp and Allen were tied with 25, followed by Tyrod Taylor with 14, Joe Ferguson (10), Daryle Lamonica (8), and Jim Kelly (7).

Allen could realistically move all the way to third in team history this season behind only O.J. Simpson (57) and Thurman Thomas (65). In his first three seasons in the NFL, Allen scored 8, 9, and 8 rushing touchdowns. Equaling that total in 2021 would move him to 33 career rushing touchdowns. Cookie Gilchrest is currently third with 31. Allen just broke a tie with LeSean McCoy at 25 TDs. His next rushing score will break the tie he currently holds with Antowain Smith of the late-90s Bills at 26. Early 2000s RB Travis Henry (27), AFL-era and scorer of the team’s first touchdown Wray Carlton (29), Fred Jackson (30), and Gilchrest could all be in the rear-view mirror.

If he gets to that point, it’s not a stretch that Allen would finish with the most rushing touchdowns in team history. Noted running quarterback Tom Brady had eight rushing touchdowns between the 2018 and 2020 seasons and another one in this young season. At age 44.

If Allen can get to 32 by the end of his fourth season, he could break Thurman’s team record around the time of his 30th birthday if he stays on the same pace. And even if he slows down and falls below 8 TDs per season, he can get there with three TDs a season if he plays until age 36. You’d have to think it’s more likely than not at this point.