Josh Allen is in Tom Brady’s class — at least as far as the oddsmakers are concerned.
The betting outlet sportsbetting.ag released odds this week for NFL passing, rushing and receiving leaders. While Patrick Mahomes is the odds on favorite at 6/1, Allen and Brady are right behind him.
They’re each pegged with 9/1 odds to lead the league in passing.
The Buffalo Bills are coming off their most prolific offensive season in history, with Allen throwing for 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns (and rushing for eight more). There’s reason to expect he’ll put up an encore performance this year, considering the Bills are returning virtually their entire offense, and also added Emmanuel Sanders.
Stefon Diggs, who led the NFL in receptions last season, is the favorite to do it again at 8/1 odds.
Brady threw for 4,633 yards en route to his seventh Super Bowl title this past season, putting him just 89 yards ahead of Allen. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also brought back every member of their offensive core, once again providing Brady with one of the best receiving corps in the NFL.
It’s hard to compete with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard, Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson.
But the Bills come close, running out Diggs, Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis and Sanders. Their weak point remains at tight end, though Dawson Knox has been working quite a bit with Allen this offseason.
Either way, Allen is now in rarified company among NFL quarterbacks. The expectations for him are just as high as they are for the team as a whole.
By the way, the Bills face off against the Buccaneers on Sunday, Dec. 12. Perhaps it will serve as a Super Bowl preview.