What They're Saying

What they're saying | National analysts share these opinions on the 2020 AFC East champs

Josh Allen (17). Buffalo Bills vs Denver Broncos, December 19, 2020 at Empower Field at Mile High.  
Photo by Isaiah J. Downing
Josh Allen (17). Buffalo Bills vs Denver Broncos, December 19, 2020 at Empower Field at Mile High. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing

After the win on Saturday, the Bills have their second four-game winning streak of the season and locked up the AFC East for the first time in 25 years. Here's what some of the national media had to say about the Bills after their dominant win:

On Buffalo Bills Quarterback Josh Allen:

"Listen, you guys know I love Patrick Mahomes and I think he is probably the best quarterback in the game right now. [Right now,] Josh Allen is every bit as good as Patrick Mahomes. It is so impressive; he makes it look easy. When I watch Josh Allen play football, play quarterback, he looks to me like Patrick Mahomes. The style of play is very very similar and defending him has got to be very very difficult for defenses."

"He has a cannon of an arm and it's accurate… (offensive coordinator) Brian Daboll has done a great job of making sure [Allen's] eyes are in the right spot. [Allen] is just making it look so simple… This is a Super Bowl caliber team that Buffalo has and it would not surprise me at all if they are the ones hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at the end of it."

On if he is talking about Josh Allen's overall talent or Josh Allen's play this year:

"I am talking about talent and talking about how he is playing this year. You turn on the tape, let's pretend that was a Kansas City uniform and that was Tyreek Hill.. you wouldn't even know the difference between Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen. The level of play is so high… They are just toying with people. They are making it look easy."

Phil Simms: When you look at Josh Allen, he goes out on the field with one thing in mind. That's to win the game, to lay it all on the line. I can't say that about all starting quarterbacks in the NFL, but he is special. He has shown that week in and week out.

Bill Cowher: We talk about [Allen] and put him in the same [tier] as Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers, the only thing he's lacking right now is a playoff win. I do like the fact that his camaraderie with Stefon Diggs, they go back to Zack moss and Devin Singletary. They're starting to run the football more, and these last four weeks the defense six takeaways and seven sacks. So, they are starting to come together at the right time of year, this time in December,

Nate Burleson: That Stefon Diggs trade was franchise altering and the way that they work together so seamlessly is a big reason why they're so successful. And I think the biggest compliment I can give this Bills offense is that Josh Allen doesn't have to beat you with his athleticism. Early on in his career, you would see, just like a rookie quarterback his helmet would bounce up and down a little bit of panic in the pocket, and then he takes off running. Now he's dropping back surveying the sea, going through his reads, and he's making great decisions with the ball in his hands.

Boomer Esiason: He's on a solid team and I can't believe I'm saying about this Buffalo Bills after where they have been the last 25 years. But think about it, Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane they built around this young quarterback. He is the perfect guy for Buffalo, I thought either Cleveland or Buffalo should have drafted him, and I was glad to see him go to Buffalo because he has certainly turned out.

I want to talk about Josh Allen and continuity in Buffalo. He said nobody likes to be thrown into a new system, especially if you feel comfortable in the one you're in now. I can't think of a quarterback who's more comfortable in their situation right now, then Josh Allen in Buffalo. You talked about him playing for Wyoming, he's never been on a team like this. So, now he looks around his locker and he's got Jerry Hughes the 250-pound linebacker looking like Adrian Peterson out there. This is a team effort McDermott, Daboll, and all these guys are kind of coming together at the right time, like you said. Week 11 bye week, and now the Bills are rolling.

3. Buffalo Bills (11-3)

Saturday's victory in Denver did the trick for the Bills, who are now AFC East champions for the first time since Jim Kelly was their starting quarterback. Now the question is whether they can overtake the Steelers and Chiefs for the top spot in the conference. The short version: It's highly unlikely. FPI gives them a 0.7% chance. They have a head-to-head tiebreaker with the Steelers but not with the Chiefs, whom they lost to in Week 6. Regardless, the Bills will be a very difficult out in the playoffs. They have won seven of their past eight games, losing only when the Cardinals connected on a Hail Mary in Week 10.

Take a look at the best photos following a win against the Broncos to clinch the AFC East division title.

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