Josh Allen=Bucky Barnes?


Daniel May, Sports Editor

As Josh Allen rolled out of the pocket on a 3rd and 9 play this Sunday against the Washington Football Team, he gained the admiration of many comic book fans as he rifled a 28-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders in the back of the endzone. This heroic feat, one which walks the line between real life and fantasy, was immediately compared to Bucky Barnes in “The Winter Soldier” by NFL critics and fans alike.

Allen and the Bills took on Washington and their seventh-ranked defense this Sunday for their second home game this year at Highmark Stadium. The Bills, although entering this game off a crushing 35-0 victory over the Dolphins, have only been a shell of their last-year self through the first two games.

Much of the blame, at least from the public standpoint, was placed on the almighty leader of the city of Buffalo, Josh Allen. Allen, whose signature is still wet on his new 6-year, $258 million contract, seemed to have lost his red hot arm that led the Bills to a 13-3 record last year and their first AFC conference game appearance since 1994.

The city of Buffalo had been waiting for September 12 ever since their team last stepped off the field on the dreaded night of Jan 24, 2021. If you asked anyone within a 100-mile radius, the 2021-2022 season was supposed to be “our year!”

I know Bills’ fans say this every year, but this time, we actually meant it.

Buffalo walked out of Highmark Stadium with their heads low as they suffered an embarrassing loss to T.J. Watt and the Steelers on opening day.

Allen looked shaky and scared in the pocket. In fact, I heard many people say that if you watched that game side-by-side with a game from Allen’s rookie year, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

So, the question arose, “What is going on with Josh Allen?”

Week two comes around and the Bills pack their swimsuits and head to sunny Miami where they were set to take on the Miami Dolphins.

In previous years, Allen has been called the “father” of the Miami Dolphins. Throughout his career, Allen has boasted an impressive 5-1 record against the Dolphins, accounting for a 15-2 touchdown/interception ratio and a glamorous 124 Passer rating.

Fortunately, Allen’s luck with the Dolphins continued into this game and the Bills easily “squashed the fish”, winning by a score of 35-0.

However, Allen still didn’t look like his old self in that game. Completing only 17 of 33 passes with 2 touchdowns and an interception, Allen still had a long way to go if he was to live up to the MVP hype that was placed on him only a season ago.

The same question persisted: “What is going on with Josh Allen?”

Heading into week three, Allen and the Bills prepared to play a rigorous Washington defense led by the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, Chase Young. If Allen was going to “get back on track”, this sure would be a tough game to do it in.

The Bills came out of the gates with a bang.

After receiving the ball to start the game, Allen marched the Bills right down the field and capped off an impressive drive with an even more impressive throw to Emmanuel Sanders in the back of the endzone.

Evan Maher, a lifetime Bills fan, commented on the throw. “I’ve never quite seen anything like that. It was like a straight laser. Definitely something that no average person could ever do”.

Maher shared the sentiments of thousands of Bills fans who congested Highmark Stadium Sunday in the Bills’ triumphant 43-21 win over the Washington Football Team.

It’s safe to say that Allen let “his little light” shine in everybody’s face that day as he completed 32/43 passes with 5 total touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Allen put on a performance that is impossible to match. Unless, of course, your name is Bucky Barnes.

His performance was so impressive, in fact, that he not only silenced all of the doubt and speculation attached to his name, but he also won Good Morning Football’s Game Ball of the Week.

Buffalo Bills’ fans should be ecstatic for the rest of the 2021-2022 season. Allen is here and he’s not going anywhere. Well, at least not for the next six years.