'Indefensible' Josh Allen Draws Andrew Luck, Derrick Henry Comps as Bills Rout Rams

Erin WalshSeptember 9, 2022

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen signals during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
AP Photo/Ashley Landis

The Buffalo Bills defeated the reigning Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams 31-10 on Thursday night in their season opener at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, and Josh Allen looked great.

Allen, a potential MVP candidate, completed 26 of 31 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns against two interceptions. He also rushed for 57 yards and one score on nine carries, which led the team.

The 26-year-old has made strides since his 2018 rookie season, and his greatness was on full display Thursday night as he passed for a couple of touchdowns, rushed for a score and even stiff-armed a defender.

Here are some highlights of the action:

Buffalo Bills @BuffaloBills

The first touchdown of the 2022 NFL Season! <br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/SNFonNBC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SNFonNBC</a> <a href="https://t.co/2GpvRlvcLX">pic.twitter.com/2GpvRlvcLX</a>

Buffalo Bills @BuffaloBills

Let's roll that catch back. 😮‍💨<br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/SNFonNBC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SNFonNBC</a> <a href="https://t.co/n4YNZjPmr7">pic.twitter.com/n4YNZjPmr7</a>

Buffalo Bills @BuffaloBills

🚨 Josh Allen stiff arm alert! 🚨<br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/SNFonNBC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SNFonNBC</a> <a href="https://t.co/Pk5wFFPtNC">pic.twitter.com/Pk5wFFPtNC</a>

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Touchdown from the face of the franchise to the face of the franchise. <br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/SNFonNBC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SNFonNBC</a> <a href="https://t.co/yFovhntzdJ">pic.twitter.com/yFovhntzdJ</a>

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No stopping <a href="https://twitter.com/JoshAllenQB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JoshAllenQB</a>. <br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/SNFonNBC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SNFonNBC</a> <a href="https://t.co/KRzGNcuUCp">pic.twitter.com/KRzGNcuUCp</a>

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ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!!<br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/SNFonNBC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SNFonNBC</a> <a href="https://t.co/p48vi9M996">pic.twitter.com/p48vi9M996</a>

Allen's performance was praised on Twitter, and football fans everywhere can't wait to watch him again in Week 2.

Dan Orlovsky @danorlovsky7

Allen—when used the way <a href="https://twitter.com/BuffaloBills?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BuffaloBills</a> uses him—most indefensible QB in the NFL

Bob Kravitz @bkravitz

I watch Josh Allen and am reminded of early Andrew Luck. Wants to take on every tackler. Which isn’t necessarily smart.

Robert Griffin III @RGIII

Is that Josh Allen or Derrick Henry? <a href="https://t.co/PaUyhMbmST">pic.twitter.com/PaUyhMbmST</a>

Micah Parsons @MicahhParsons11

Josh Allen just plays football the right way!! He’s special !

Jody Oehler @radiojody

Josh Allen is jumbo sized Kyler Murray.

Robert Mays @robertmays

Josh Allen being surgical in the short/intermediate areas of the field and learning to consistently take the safe throws available to him while also being a T-1000 is some terrifying shit.

Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

Josh Allen posterizing folks in football

FanDuel @FanDuel

The Rams: "We have Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey &amp; Bobby Wagner!" <br><br>Josh Allen: <a href="https://t.co/H3twggnw9Q">pic.twitter.com/H3twggnw9Q</a>

Taylor Rooks @TaylorRooks

Yea we gotta have a real dialogue about Josh Allen. This man is unreal.

Kevin Patra @kpatra

Bills explosive enough to turn the ball over three times and still generate a blowout. Phew.

Colin Cowherd @ColinCowherd

Josh Allen is EASILY the best player on the field &amp; the Rams OLine is EASILY the weakest unit. Ballgame.

Breland Moore @BrelandFOX29

Remember that time Jalen Ramsey said Josh Allen was trash? 😂

Alexandra Francisco @ByAlFrancisco

Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs are a real dilemma 😳


Josh Allen... we are not worthy

Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora

Josh Allen is a monster.

Brett Kollmann @BrettKollmann

I’ve seen a lot of football games in my life.<br><br>But I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone like Josh Allen with my own eyes. There are no words for this.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Josh Allen in the second half: <a href="https://t.co/F25FsKUVlF">pic.twitter.com/F25FsKUVlF</a>

Twan @twan1021

Josh Allen xrays after tonight: <a href="https://t.co/8NhmercpNS">pic.twitter.com/8NhmercpNS</a>

Warren Sharp @SharpFootball


Daniel Valente @StatsGuyDaniel

There might not be a QB more fun to watch right now than Josh Allen. This man’s a human highlight reel.

If Allen continues to play as well as he did Thursday night, and perhaps better, he'll undoubtedly be in the MVP conversation.

Allen will look to continue his solid start to the 2022 campaign in Week 2 when the Bills host the Tennessee Titans at Highmark Stadium on Sept. 19.