Buffalo Bills: 3 reasons for optimism after Week 1 loss to New York Jets

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Josh Allen is Still an Elite Quarterback

Over the past three seasons, no quarterback has more total touchdowns than the 127 recorded by Allen.

And while he turns the ball over at a higher rate than some other signal-callers, his 37 wins still rank second across that same span. It's true that Allen needs to limit his turnovers if the Bills want to capture the Super Bowl this season, but that isn't to say he isn't still one of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League — or can't piece together stretches of clean football.

In the first six weeks of last season, Josh Allen threw only four interceptions to go along with 19 total touchdowns and five wins. After struggling for a couple of weeks afterwards and injuring the MCL in his throwing elbow, Allen enjoyed a five-week stretch in which the Bills went undefeated on the back of his 12 total touchdowns and only one interception.

The question isn't whether Allen can limit his turnovers, but whether he can do it on a consistent basis. Even if it didn't begin this past week, there will come a time this season when Allen and the Bills are virtually unstoppable — it always happens.

But will he find that consistency?

While it's hard to answer that question, especially when you consider he's already in his sixth season as starting quarterback, Allen will still likely score 40-plus touchdowns this season and lead the Bills into a playoff berth.

I guess the Bills and their loyal fanbase just need to hope Allen gets hot at the right time. In 2021, it almost worked out when Allen was having a historic playoff run that was halted by a '13-second collapse' at Kansas City, whereas in 2022, Allen and the Bills were eliminated early after Allen seemingly went through a bad stretch of games at the wrong time.

If Allen can find his game during the right moments in January, the Bills are always going to have a fighting chance. And if he can finally find some turnover-free consistency over the course of an entire season? The rest of the league should be on watch.

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