Buffalo Bills: The odds for how many games Josh Allen will start in 2018
The Buffalo Bills aren’t rushing Josh Allen into starting action right away but plenty could change between now and the beginning of the season.
Sean McDermott isn’t rushing Josh Allen onto the field to be the starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. Oddsmakers don’t seem to think that will last long.
According to OddsShark, Josh Allen has the highest over/under for starts in 2018 of any of the top rookie quarterbacks. His over/under is set at 10.5 games, while Baker Mayfield is the next closest at 9.5. Sam Darnold is only at 5.5 games, which may be due to him taking some time to sign his contract.
These odds for Allen are very interesting and are a tough bet right now. Some may scoff at the figure and immediately take the under. But there is still an entire preseason to go and Allen could easily win the starting job in Week 1. If he does that, he would hopefully start all 16 games.
At this point in time it is easy to lean toward taking the under. That involves believing the coaching staff and also realizing that it would be the smart move to let Allen learn on the sidelines. But maybe he only needs a few weeks before he is ready.
As fans of any NFL team know, it is easy to fall in love with a rookie quarterback. Especially when that rookie quarterback was taken in the first round. It is possible that Allen is the right man for the starting job and is indeed ready to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. But extra time to learn never hurt anyone.
Which way would you go on this bet? The 10.5 games may seem like a lot now but that could change after seeing Allen in some preseason action. It may also change based on how Nathan Peterman and AJ McCarron look.