Merriman: Josh Allen is best quarterback for Buffalo, but Justin Herbert better overall

Former Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman joined the "NFL Total Access: The Locker Room” podcast with Michael Robinson

After a strong Week 5 performance against the Kansas City Chiefs, in which he led his Buffalo Bills to a victory while throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another, quarterback Josh Allen is back in the MVP fold.

In fact, his performance — and the start of his fourth campaign to this point — was so convincing that he leapt to the very top of the leaderboard in terms of NFL MVP odds. Though it’s a very tight race, Allen leads the pack at +450, with Kyler Murray (+500) and Tom Brady (+650) on his heels.

Rounding out the top-five at +700, along with Dak Prescott, is Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, who had an even more inspiring Week 5.

In an unforgettable 47-42 clash over the Cleveland Browns, the second-year stud threw for nearly 400 yards to go along with four scores through the air and an additional one on the ground. Allen is 25, while Herbert is 23, and the future is exceptionally bright in both cases.

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If you asked Bills fans who they’d rather have, the bulk would likely stick with their guy. Ditto for the Chargers.

So why not ask someone who spent time as a member of both teams?

That’s exactly what “NFL Total Access: The Locker Room” host Michael Robinson did, bringing Shawne Merriman on the podcast and making him choose between the two to start a franchise.

His choice? Herbert — but he began his explanation by arguing that the Bills shouldn’t want Herbert or anyone other than Allen leading the charge.