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  1. I pasted the article so you don't have to click on his link, but here it is if you want it. https://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/ny-josh-allen-20200925-wohah2rawratre2pmlepgbj3fm-story.html
  2. He is electrifying, mesmerizing and giving a figurative middle finger to anyone that doubted him. He is flawed and fabulous. He is getting better every second of every day. Give credit where it’s absolutely due: Josh Allen has become one of the game’s most dynamic young quarterbacks, a 6-5, 237-pound tank of hope for the Buffalo Bills. He is without question the best signal caller in the AFC East right now, scratching the surface of his world of potential. Critics like yours truly initially couldn’t see past the raw ball of clay, pointing to things he couldn’t do at Wyoming rather than seeing what he could become in a stable environment. Allen’s sub-par completion percentage and errant passes emboldened naysayers. They became paralyzed by his shortcomings. They couldn’t envision that he would work, adapt and improve at the next level. They couldn’t believe that brilliance was all around him, too. They couldn’t imagine that the Bills brain trust would foster such a solid setting to help Allen evolve during this critical stage of his development by bringing in as much help as possible. Buffalo knew that asking a kid out of college to leap tall buildings in a single bound was unfair. It could cause irreparable damage to the player and organization. The Bills knew that it would take a village. So, general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott built up Allen’s world by supplying him with protection and playmakers in a fast and efficient manner. They created a manual on how to develop a promising young quarterback, trusting that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll would guide his pupil the proper way. They didn’t strike gold on every decision, but the rope was pulling the right way so fast. They nailed a litany of moves that have the Bills in position to take over the AFC East for the foreseeable future. The proof is staring all of us in the face. Bills' Josh Allen has quietly shifted to the top of the AFC East. Allen has grown so much since the Bills traded up to draft him with the No. 7 pick in 2018. The guy is far from perfect, but he’s made staggering improvements. There will be valleys along the way, but the arrow is pointing to the heavens. Allen joined Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Patrick Mahomes as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 700 passing yards, six touchdown passes and no interceptions in the first two weeks of a season. He set career-highs in passing yards in the first two weeks, rallying his team with a 417-yard, four-touchdown eruption in a come-from-behind win last week that earned him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Allen leads the league in passing yards (729) and ranks third in passer rating (122.9) and fifth in yards per attempt (9.0). His 70.4 completion percentage (eighth) is leaps and bounds better than his 57.7 career rate. “He’s got ice water in his veins, man,” McDermott said. “There’s no moment too big for him. That was true from the very start when we got him here.” Allen, frankly, is a killer. He exudes confidence. He plays with a fearlessness that makes teammates want to rally around him. He’s tougher than quantum physics. [More Jets] Another Jets starter gets hurt as Adam Gase prepares for Colts » Allen’s athleticism made it easy to pick apart his game in the pocket. Critics were blinded by his ability to escape trouble with his feet. So, they viewed him as nothing more than a glorified running back. It was an easy trap. Sure, Allen could beat you with his legs, but sooner or later, he would have to come through as a “real quarterback” to be taken seriously, right? Well, that time has arrived. Allen’s 54 total touchdowns and 21 interceptions have helped him go 17-13 as a starter. He’s blossoming thanks, in part, to decision makers who added playmakers like Stefon Diggs. He’s evolving before our eyes as a passer even though he clearly has plenty of room for improvement in that area. He’s far from a finished product. He’ll have some forgettable moments this season. He’s still learning. Allen ran entirely too much in the season opener against the Jets (12 runs and two kneel downs). The Bills would love if he could win consistently with his arm like he did against Miami in Week 2 (only three runs and one kneel-down). However, Allen’s dual-threat powers makes him dynamic. Finding a happy medium is the next logical step. A long season lies ahead, but no young quarterback has improved more and faster in the past two-plus seasons than Allen. [More Jets] Mekhi Becton, Quinnen Williams have been monsters in the trenches for Jets » “I’ve always played with a lot of confidence,” Allen said, “But as far as knowing our playbook, knowing protections... the comfortability of the offense, it’s really good right now.” It’s really great right now. In so many ways, Allen reminds you of a younger Cam Newton, who looks re-born in the early stages of his second act with the Patriots. Allen and Newton are a cut above the talented Sam Darnold, who has been tasked to carry a lost franchise, and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick at the moment. Allen landed with the exact right franchise and the exact right people at the exact right time. His ceiling touches the heavens. Critics like me owe him our sincerest apologies.
  3. This (below) is not the result of bad wide receivers. Jerry Rice and Megatron (in their prime) wouldn’t have caught this.
  4. The latest Power Rankings are out. I bolded the AFC East teams. ... 1. Chiefs (previously No. 1; 2-0): Maybe the Chiefs should just spot every team a double-digit lead. 2. Ravens (No. 2; 2-0): They’re two wins short of 16 straight regular-season victories. The Chiefs stand in the way of No. 15. 3. Seahawks (No. 3; 2-0): At this rate, Russell Wilson won’t just get his first MVP vote. He’ll get his first 50. 4. Patriots (No. 4; 1-1): If Cam stays healthy, they won’t lose many more than the one they lost this week. 5. Bills (No. 7; 2-0): The Bills finally have found their next Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas, in the same guy. 6. Packers (No. 9; 2-0): They’re better than they were last year. Imagine how much better they’d be if they’d used their first-round pick on a receiver. 7. Titans (No. 8; 2-0): Eventually, they’ll be winning games by more than two or three points. 8. Saints (No. 5; 1-1): They need Michael Thomas back, quickly. 9. Buccaneers (No. 9; 1-1): Tom Brady has struggled in Denver, but he’s never faced Jeff Driskel there. 10. Steelers (No. 11; 2-0): We’ll see what this team is made of when they face Baltimore for the first time. 11. Cardinals (No. 12; 2-0): The Cardinals could be undefeated when a national audience finally gets a chance to fully appreciate Kyler Murray and company on a Monday night in Dallas. 12. Rams (No. 13; 2-0): They’re handling teams from the NFC East; what will they do against the teams of the NFC West? 13. 49ers (No. 6; 1-1): Losing Nick Bosa makes the defensive ordinary. The offense isn’t sufficiently extraordinary to make up for it. 14. Raiders (No. 20; 2-0): The Death Roomba sucked the life out of the Saints. 15. Cowboys (No. 14; 1-1): Plenty of Cowboys fans already are longing for Jason Garrett. 16. Bears (No. 21; 2-0): September victories are money in the bank, and they build confidence for the battles to come. 17. Chargers (No. 18; 1-1): They’ll go higher when they fully embrace the fact that Justin Herbert is the answer, both short-term and long-term. 18. Colts (No. 23; 1-1): If they make it look that easy every week, they’ll be a tough out in January. 19. Eagles (No. 15; 0-2): The sooner they think they’re in a “must” win situation, the sooner they’ll start winning. 20. Texans (No. 17; 0-2): Their hardest two games are out of the way. Now, they can figure out who they are. 21. Falcons (No. 19; 0-2): When the coach says the team knows the onside kick rules and the owner says it doesn’t, that’s not a good sign for the coach. 22. Broncos (No. 16; 0-2): Two close losses against significantly better teams are still two close losses. 23. Washington (No. 24; 1-1): They’re not the first nor the last to fall victim to the magic that is Kyler Murray. 24. Browns (No. 32; 1-1): Embrace the run, and the victories will come. 25. Jaguars (No. 28; 1-1): This team will make some noise if it can win the games it should. 26. Dolphins (No. 25; 0-2): The clock continues to flash Tua Time. 27. Bengals (No. 29; 0-2): Joe Burrow makes the Bengals the most exciting 0-2 team of all time. 28. Vikings (No. 22; 0-2): Some teams were prepared for the strangest season ever, some weren’t. One team doesn’t really seem to care that the season has started. 29. Jets (No. 26; 0-2): How lopsided would the game have been if the 49ers hadn’t been ravaged by injuries? 30. Lions (No. 27; 0-2): The “reset” button is already blinking. 31. Giants (No. 30; 0-2): No Saquon? No problem. Wait, I mean big problem. 32. Panthers (No. 31; 0-2): They’ve performed admirably, but that becomes a lot harder with the best running back in football not available for a month or so. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2020/09/22/pfts-week-three-power-rankings-3/
  5. If you think 4th and 1 is bad, just think about 4th and 7. Very few plays in the NFL that can pick up 7 whole yards!
  6. Tannehill was at least serviceable. He had a 4k + season with 20+ TD's with Gase.
  7. I'm not sure if you haven't been paying attention or what, but Brady has been pretty bad in Tampa. Cam, meanwhile, has been pretty good in NE ... with the same receivers that Brady struggled with. Brady: 456 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT Cam: 674 yards, 5 TD,1 INT For goodness sake, his own coach public ally criticized him.. https://www.masslive.com/patriots/2020/09/tom-brady-responds-to-bruce-arians-criticism-hes-the-coach-im-a-player-just-trying-to-win-a-game.html
  8. Brady was excused because he'd gotten old and people couldn't accept that. Cam threw for nearly 400 yards last night with the same receivers. You just proved my point.
  9. Not so sure about that. But the point is that none of those WR's were good. Many were cut not long after they were in those Super Bowls. WR's do not make QB's. QB's make WR's.
  10. "If it wasn't for the turf, we would be..." Oops! forgot to log-in to my SAR I account.
  11. This argument is so lame. Hackenberg was never throwing for 700 yards, 6 TD's and 0 INT's ... ever.
  12. It is actually kinda true. Think about the 01 Pats. They won that SB throwing to guys like Davis Patten and Fred Coleman... But they had Tom Brady. Seahawks won the SB a few years back throwing to Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin... But they had Russel Wilson. Ravens won the SB a few years before that throwing to Jacoby Jones, Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin (barely broke 60 catches). Anyway, the point is this. Truly great QB's elevate the players around them.
  13. What NFL safety doesn't get taken advantage of every now and then. It happens.
  14. You said it far more eloquently than I could have. But they’re both just GAMERS. They have a fire that I just don’t see Sam have. Im still holding out hope that Sam can be an Alex Smith level QB, but damn, I would love a little bit of this fire every now and then...
  15. I’ve been saying it for a while. Josh Allen is the real deal. We can pretend that he’s not. We can joke about a few inaccurate throws here and there. We can deflect all we want... But were just lying to ourselves. He is flat out good.
  16. Yep, Lamar too. But Allen is good. We can stop pretending he ain’t now. Dudes on pace for 500 yards and 4 TD’s today.
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