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Josh Allen had great response to Stefon Diggs’ new contract

Josh Allen wears a Bills hat

Stefon Diggs signed a massive contract extension with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday, and no one was more excited about that than Josh Allen. The star quarterback had a very simple way of showing it.

Diggs agreed to a four-year, $104 million extension with the Bills. He had two years remaining on his previous deal, so the new contract ties him to Buffalo for six more seasons. ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news, and Allen had a one-word response to the report on Twitter.

The Bills acquired Diggs prior to the 2020 season, and the move helped Allen take his game to the next level. Diggs has an absurd 230 catches over the past two years. He and Allen are a nightmare for opposing defenses.

Allen got his big contract from the Bills last offseason, and Diggs was the one with the great reaction to that news. You can understand why the duo is excited to keep the partnership going.

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Josh Allen has perfect 1-word response to Trevon Diggs

Josh Allen wears a Bills hat

Josh Allen had an absolutely perfect response to Trevon Diggs over Twitter Saturday.

Diggs just completed his second season in the NFL and led the league with 11 interceptions, with two being returned for touchdowns. He drew some attention when he said on Twitter that he’s always desired to play with his brother, Stefon.

Stefon Diggs, of course, is a star receiver for Allen’s Buffalo Bills. Allen isn’t about to let his favorite target go to Dallas and told Trevon as much.

Allen responded to Trevon’s tweets with 1-word: No.

You have to love the way Allen added a period at the end too to punctuate the point.

Trevon may want to play with his brother, but that’s not happening — at least not on a team other than one Josh is playing for. Not over Allen’s dead body.

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AFC QB not buying Tom Brady’s retirement

Tom Brady nods to the crowd

There has been a healthy amount of skepticism surrounding Tom Brady’s recent retirement announcement, and one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks is among those who are not completely convinced.

Allen was a guest on the “AP Pro Football Podcast” recently, and he discussed all the noteworthy retirements among his fellow quarterbacks over the past two years. The Buffalo Bills star was asked how he feels about “carrying that torch” now that Brady, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger have retired. Allen said he is up to the challenge, but he made an interesting comment about Brady.

“I think it’s something that I’ve always wanted as a kid. The only thing I ever wanted to do was play quarterback in the NFL,” Allen said. “It’s rewarding, in a sense, to be talked about like that. All I care about is winning football games, no matter how I do it. … And I’ll believe the Tom Brady retirement when he’s not playing next year. The jury’s still out on that for me.”

A lot of people feel the same way as Allen. Brady has brought some of that on himself. The 44-year-old was asked on his “Let’s Go!” podcast two weeks ago if he will ever make a comeback, and he said you can “never say never.” He then spoke a bit more at length about it a week later.

Brady turns 45 in August. It seems unlikely that he would take a year off and then return when he’s 46. We also doubt he will “retire” for just a few months, though there have been some theories about Brady maneuvering his way to a new team.

H/T Bills Wire
Photo: Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) jogs off the field after a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen sends 1-word response to Chiefs winning another coin toss

Josh Allen in a Bills hat

Josh Allen does not tweet very often, but he did send one message on Sunday during the AFC Championship Game.

The Bengals-Chiefs game ended regulation tied at 24. For the second straight weekend, a playoff game the Chiefs were hosting went to overtime. And for the second straight game, the visitor called the coin toss and lost, giving the ball to the Chiefs.

Allen was the quarterback last weekend when his Bills lost the coin toss and then saw the Chiefs immediately drive down the field and score a touchdown to end the game.

Upon seeing the Chiefs win a coin toss for the second straight week, Allen experienced some painful deja vu. He tweeted one word: “pain.”

Yes, Josh, that is way too fresh of a wound to be forced to relive so soon.

The difference is the Chiefs did not go into their overtime against the Bengals as hot as they did against the Bills. The Chiefs were held to a field goal by the Bengals’ defense at the end of regulation on Sunday. Then Patrick Mahomes threw an interception in OT, giving the ball to Cincinnati, which later won 27-24 on a field goal.

We feel your pain, Josh. We do.

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Twitter reacts to Josh Allen snubbing Pro Bowl

Josh Allen in a Bills hat

Josh Allen was considered one of the biggest Pro Bowl snubs when the 2021 rosters were announced, and the Buffalo Bills star has decided to return the favor.

Allen was an alternate for the Pro Bowl. He was invited to Las Vegas this week after Lamar Jackson withdrew due to an ankle injury. Allen announced on Thursday that he has turned down the invite “in order to allow my body to rest and recover from the harshness of the season.”

Allen even went as far as to say he gets a lot of bumps and bruises because of his playing style. However, most fans want to believe that he was simply sticking his middle finger up at the Pro Bowl after not being voted in. There were some great reactions on Twitter.

Allen’s numbers this season were only slightly worse than a year ago, when he was viewed as a legitimate MVP candidate. He threw for 4,407 yards, 36 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His performance against the Kansas City Chiefs last week was a reminder that he is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, let alone the AFC. Allen went 27/37 for 329 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in that game. Buffalo lost thanks in part to a massive late game blunder.

Even if Allen were healthy, we have our doubts that he would have accepted the Pro Bowl invite. The Bills were clearly bothered by their lack of Pro Bowl players and felt disrespected by it.

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Chiefs fans show respect for Josh Allen with awesome gesture

Josh Allen in a Bills hat

Josh Allen played an incredible game in a losing effort against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, and fans at Arrowhead Stadium clearly appreciated what they saw from the Buffalo Bills star. They have since come up an awesome way to show it.

More than 9,500 Chiefs fans this week have made donations to the Patricia Allen Fund, which was launched in 2020 after Allen’s grandmother died. According to Tim Meehan of WKBW, the donations had totaled more than $173,000 as of Wednesday morning.

A Facebook group called “Chiefs Kingdom Memes” created a post on Monday encouraging Chiefs fans to make $13 donations to the Patricia Allen Fund. The 13 represents the amount of time that was left after Allen’s Bills took a 36-33 lead. Patrick Mahomes then led the Chiefs on an improbable drive that ended with a game-tying field goal. Kansas City went on to win in overtime.

Brett Fitzgerald, the creator of the Facebook page, said Bills Mafia started the trend by making $13 donations to Patrick Mahomes’ foundation.

“I’m like I like that idea so. Instantly went found Josh Allen’s foundation. Donated $13 to it, so basically switch $13 over to Josh Allen’s foundation,” Fitzgerald said. “Made a quick name about it posted it on their, posted a screenshot of my donation and deleted the other one from Facebook and Twitter recommending Mahomes’ foundation. I said this is better.”

The Patricia Allen Foundation is run out of Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. The charity was started after Bills fans flooded the hospital with $17 donations (a nod to Allen’s jersey number) when his grandmother died in 2020. More than $1 million was raised, and a wing of the hospital was dedicated to Allen’s family.

Those who say sports aren’t important should remember movements like these. This isn’t the first time we have seen fans donate to an opposing player’s charity. Bills fans pulled a similar move after a star quarterback went down with an injury during the playoffs last year. Hopefully the trend continues.

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Patrick Mahomes had classy move after Chiefs’ win

Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen hug

Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen put on a show for fans in their Divisional Round overtime thriller on Sunday night, and the Kansas City Chiefs star had a great show of respect following his team’s victory.

Allen threw what looked like the game-winning touchdown pass with 13 seconds left in regulation, but Mahomes had other plans. He completed long passes to Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce on the ensuing possession to set up the tying field goal as time expired. The Chiefs then won the toss in overtime and scored a touchdown to win. Amid the celebration, Mahomes sprinted to find Allen to congratulate him on a hard-fought game and season.

While Allen is undoubtedly disappointed, he played an outstanding game. He finished 27/37 for 329 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for 68 yards. Mahomes went 33/44 for 378 yards, three touchdowns and no picks. He rushed for 69 yards and a score. Both quarterbacks were incredible.

The Bills may have given Kansas City a gift with a massive mistake at the end of regulation. Either way, the future of the AFC looks bright with Allen and Mahomes leading the way. Mahomes’ postgame gesture was likely an acknowledgement of that.

Josh Allen reveals what Bill Belichick told him after playoff blowout

Bill Belichick looks on from the sideline

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen admitted he got some high praise from Bill Belichick after dismantling the New England Patriots.

Allen threw five touchdown passes in Buffalo’s Wild Card win, and Belichick’s Patriots had no answer for the Buffalo offense. By Allen’s retelling, the Patriots coach admitted it, too. Allen told “The Pat McAfee Show” that Belichick went out of his way to come up and talk to him after the game.

“Just more respect, like, ‘What you did out there was awesome. You played well tonight; we didn’t have an answer,'” Allen recounted. “Again, I shared respect right back, obviously, because I’m a big fan of his and I could go on and on about the accolades that he has. But again, for a coach to do that, that high caliber, was pretty special.”

Belichick does praise opponents sometimes, but he’s still pretty tight-lipped with this sort of thing. There was nothing else he could say about Allen, though. Buffalo won 47-17, and New England was totally outclassed. Belichick can hold his hands up and admit that much.

Photo: Oct 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen has great take on Bills’ lack of Pro Bowlers

Josh Allen in a Bills hat

The Buffalo Bills were viewed as one of the best teams in the AFC heading into the 2021 season, and they have lived up to expectations. Despite that, they somehow only had two players voted to the Pro Bowl. They are almost certainly motivated by the snubs, but Josh Allen insists their focus is elsewhere.

During an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” Thursday, Allen was asked if he feels the Bills have not gotten the respect they deserve this season. He said they are “internally motivated” and not thinking about the Pro Bowl heading into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“We want the respect we deserve, but at the same time I could give two sh–s about all that,” he said. “I’m so focused on just trying to be the best quarterback for this team, the best teammate I can be and trying to win football games for this team. … We’re so internally motivated here in Buffalo. We want to win for each other.”

Allen mentioned how Jordan Poyer, who is considered by many to be one of the best safeties in the NFL, was named an All-Pro but not a Pro Bowler. Allen is an alternate. Allen received a text message about that from his trainer prior to Buffalo’s blowout win over the New England Patriots a few weeks ago.

Poyer has made it clear he is fueled by the Pro Bowl snub, and his wife also went off about it. In reality, the oversights are probably beneficial for the Bills. Fans should be grateful they haven’t been shown the respect they deserve.

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Josh Allen has interesting take on Chiefs

Josh Allen in a Bills hat

Josh Allen will lead the Buffalo Bills against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional round on Sunday, and the matchup looks to be a particularly meaningful one for him.

Allen spoke about the Chiefs on Wednesday, and the Buffalo quarterback cited the organization as the one he and the Bills are trying to emulate.

Obviously, on the surface, everyone is trying to be like the Chiefs. They have made back-to-back Super Bowl appearances and won one of them. That is a level of success that everyone aspires to. However, it runs even deeper for the Bills, who in some ways have constructed their offense very similarly. Allen wants to be a major dual-threat quarterback in the same way as Patrick Mahomes, and Stefon Diggs is a big play threat in the same way as Tyreek Hill is.

The Bills actually outplayed the Chiefs earlier in the season, with Allen showing his full capability in that one. The matchup may bring out the best in him, though the Chiefs know what it takes to win games like these in the postseason.

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