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Josh Allen gets love from national media to go with Week 1 win

Josh Allen gets love from national media to go with Week 1 win

Josh Allen

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) fires a pass during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Quarterback Josh Allen earned plenty of national praise for his performance in the Buffalo Bills’ 27-17 victory Sunday over the New York Jets.

During NBC’s “Football Night in America,” Chris Simms, who has long been an Allen supporter, said he has “superstar” talent and added he was “unbelievable” Sunday.

If you were watching another game after the Bills win ended and missed CBS’ hourlong post-game report, you missed my favorite studio analyst, Nate Burleson, praise Allen’s growing “maturity.”

Studio analyst Phil Simms, Chris’ father, added, “there are only about 10 guys who can play quarterback in Buffalo. It is always windy.”

The elder Simms also said of Allen: “He loves football, I’d be so ecstatic if he was the quarterback of my franchise.”

Studio analyst Bill Cowher made a huge turnover, confusing Allen with New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones twice before being corrected.

On ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” Monday, co-host Tony Kornheiser said Allen belonged in the company of the top-performing quarterbacks Sunday, including Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Seattle’s Russell Wilson.

All the Allen praise might not have surprised Bills fans as much as what wasn’t shown. “Football Night in America” didn’t show a clip of Allen overthrowing a wide open John Brown in the end zone, which has been shared on Facebook by people less than ecstatic about Allen as a quarterback.

Many Bills fans on social networks expected that overthrow to get plenty of mileage nationally.

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TV Critic

Alan Pergament has had a variety of roles at The News since 1970, including as a news and sports reporter. He has been the TV columnist since 1982, with more than year off for good behavior. He is a member of the national Television Critics Association.

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