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NFL Fans Rip Josh Allen's MVP Chances Despite Late Heroics in Bills' Win vs. Lions

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVNovember 24, 2022

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - NOVEMBER 24: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills warms up prior to a game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 24, 2022 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
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Despite leading the Buffalo Bills on a game-winning field-goal drive with just 23 seconds left against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, quarterback Josh Allen was highly criticized on social media.

Detroit tied the game with a 51-yard field goal with 23 ticks on the clock, but that was too much time for Allen. He found Stefon Diggs on a 36-yard strike to help set up a 45-yard field goal by Tyler Bass, which gave Buffalo a 28-25 victory:

NFL @NFL

Unbelievable throw. <a href="https://twitter.com/JoshAllenQB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JoshAllenQB</a><br><br>📺: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BUFvsDET?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BUFvsDET</a> on CBS<br>📱: Stream on NFL+ <a href="https://t.co/rs1CGFUmVT">https://t.co/rs1CGFUmVT</a> <a href="https://t.co/aKDmAGgbC4">pic.twitter.com/aKDmAGgbC4</a>

Allen, who is less than three weeks removed from suffering a UCL injury in his throwing elbow against the New York Jets, struggled for much of Thursday's game before leading the Bills on a go-ahead touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter and then the game-winning drive.

He also didn't appear to be himself in a loss against the Minnesota Vikings and a win over the Cleveland Browns in the previous two weeks, which contributed to Twitter users' blasting Allen and his MVP candidacy on Thanksgiving:

Kazeem Famuyide 🇳🇬 🍎 @Kazeem

The Josh Allen MVP Talk… <a href="https://t.co/7ab4XsMSTU">pic.twitter.com/7ab4XsMSTU</a>

Dre @phinsforlife305

Time to take josh Allen out of the mvp discussion

GLTW @Painadelphia

Josh Allen MVP debate <a href="https://t.co/v72hK5OFaK">pic.twitter.com/v72hK5OFaK</a>

IdrisChillba @JcBeChillin

I can’t believe I said Josh Allen was a top MVP candidate…they might as well put me on ESPN because I be wrong a lot

Music City Bets @MusicCityBets

Josh Allen MVP odds <a href="https://t.co/xZJtEnOWQp">pic.twitter.com/xZJtEnOWQp</a>

🤞🏽 @ChiefsKngPride

josh allen really lost his spot in the mvp race and won a spot on the fraud watch list after this game

Huh @Tony_Kudo

i’m sorry josh allen can’t be struggle against the lions defense without they best corner can’t call him a MVP

Tua 🙏 🇨🇺 @daash1121

Get Josh Allen out of the MVP Convo. He doesn’t deserve to be mentioned anymore as of right now

Mikehunt @Tatumofjayson0

Josh Allen threw away his mvp chance

. @SportsTalkGxFR

I don’t wanna hear no more MVP talks surrounding Josh Allen

Tom Sobczak @Sobiez_

I don’t ever want to hear that Josh Allen is an MVP candidate ever again.

Allen's numbers looked solid for the game, as he threw for 253 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while rushing for 78 yards and a score.

His third touchdown was a five-yard toss to Diggs with 2:40 left, and he made an even more clutch throw to Diggs on the next drive.

Allen was inaccurate at times against Detroit, completing 24 of his 42 passing attempts, and CBS commentator Tony Romo questioned if his elbow injury was causing him to miss some throws.

He threw a red-zone interception on a tipped ball in the third quarter, giving him an NFL-high four red-zone picks and 11 interceptions overall.

Prior to getting injured against the Jets, Allen was a substantial NFL MVP favorite, but Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has seemingly surpassed him and the rest of the league thanks to 660 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns in his past two games.

Regardless of where he sits in the MVP race, Allen came through when it mattered most Thursday and helped the Bills improve to 8-3. That puts them in first place in the AFC East and a half-game behind the Chiefs for the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

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