If you ask any Bills fan that was around in the 90’s who their favorite player was, there is a really good chance that Jim Kelly will get their vote. Kelly is a legend in Buffalo and the Bills’ failures to replace him over the last 20+ years have been very well documented. For as great at Jim Kelly was, Josh Allen just did something that Kelly, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and whose number 12 is retired by the franchise, never did.
Josh Allen continued his Pro Bowl and MVP-caliber season with another elite showing Saturday in Denver. With his 359 passing yards in the game he now sits at 4,000 passing yards on the season. Jim Kelly, who led the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls never passed for more than 4,000 yards in a single season. His highest total was 3,844, and he did that in 15 games. Allen is already past that mark in 14 games. The only player in front of Allen now is Drew Bledsoe. His 4,359 yards in 2002 is the franchise record for passing yards in a single season.
The next Kelly record that Allen has his eyes on are 33 passing touchdowns in a single season. With two games to play, Allen is 3 touchdown passes behind that record. The Bills have been looking for the next Jim Kelly for two decades and every indication is that they have found him in Josh Allen. Breaking Kelly’s single season passing record, a player who is revered here, in just your third year is a heck of a way to stake your claim as the next GOAT in Buffalo.