Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
13 seconds. That’s how close Josh Allen came to the AFC Conference Championship and possibly a Super Bowl.
Is there anyone who wasn’t rooting for him in the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs? I mean, he led his team on a dramatic fourth-quarter drive to take the lead 36-33 with 13 seconds left on the clock. Amazing what Patrick Mahomes can do with 13 seconds.
What was easily one of the most exciting playoff games in NFL history, ended on a sour note as Allen didn’t get a chance to match Mahomes in overtime. And while he may have come up short in his playoff dual against Mahomes, Allen made us all believers and proved he’s ready for the spotlight.
After a relatively slow start to his career, the 26-year-old Allen has made a tremendous leap in the past two seasons. In 2020, he threw for 4,500-plus yards and 37 touchdowns. He basically matched those stats last year with 4,407 passing yards and 36 touchdowns. He’s also a dangerous threat with his legs, rushing for 763 yard sand six touchdowns last season.
If there’s one area of improvement though, it’s turnovers. Allen has a bad habit of throwing interceptions. Last year he threw a career-high 15 interceptions. If he can cut down on his turnovers, Allen will easily start to rise in the ratings and could possibly supplant Rodgers, Mahomes or Brady this year.
For now, though, I have him as the fourth-best quarterback in Madden 23. He finished last year with an 89 overall. I think, based on his playoff performance, he gets a slight bump.
Rating Prediction: 92 Overall