In the NFL, few names have generated as much buzz in recent years as Josh Allen. The name conjures images of two highly skilled athletes who have pursued distinct paths in the sport despite sharing a common moniker. As a quarterback carving out a way for the Buffalo Bills and the other is a formidable OLB for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the stage is set for a thrilling face-off when their paths intersect again this Sunday in London.
The stage for the subsequent encounter between the Josh Allenses is set in London's Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. This will be the 35th regular-season game in London, with the stadium hosting six games since its opening in 2019. The NFL has a contract to stage at least two games there per season through 2029.
For the Jaguars, London is familiar territory. They have an overall record of 5-5 in London, with one game at Tottenham and the rest at Wembley Stadium. The Bills, however, have only played one regular-season game in London, a 34-31 loss to the Jaguars in 2015 at Wembley.
In 2023 the Bills are high on the power rankings, and the Jaguars are 2-2. The Bills are the first team to win three straight outings by 28 or more points since they did so over the final three weeks of 2020. They also lead the NFL in outscoring their opponents by a combined 84 points.
This is tremendous opporfor the Jaguars to show up and perform at the next level against one of the NFLs elite teams. An upset this week could make the Jaguars season and there is only two men that will determine this outcome, Josh Allen.
Josh Allen and the Jaguars will get a much-needed advantage playing the game vs. Josh Allen and the Bills away from Buffalo. One of the most anticipated matchups in the upcoming game is the face-off between the two Josh Allens. The Bills' Allen will have to navigate the Jaguars' defense led by Allen, who has already proven his ability to disrupt the Bills' offensive plans.
Jaguars vs. Bills Week 5 game: The Dual of the Josh Allens in London
The Jaguars' Josh Allen, a defensive powerhouse, has been equally impressive as his quarterback counterpart. Picked seventh overall by the Jaguars in the 2019 NFL draft, Allen has been a nightmare for opposing offenses. His speed, agility, and power have made him one of the most feared pass rushers in the league.
In the 2023 season, Allen is tied for the NFL lead with six sacks through the first four games, a record for a Jacksonville player in that timeframe.
The previous encounters between the two Allens have made for some intriguing moments on the field. In their 2021 meeting, the Jaguars' Allen made history by sacking the Bills' Allen and intercepting one of his passes, leading them to a 9-6 upset win.
The Bills' Allen, acknowledging the skill and prowess of his namesake, stated in a 2023 interview that the Jaguars' Allen "scares me. He got me last time we played." Jaguar Josh Allen also etched his name in the history books during that game against the Bills in 2021, when he became the first player in NFL history to record a sack and interception against a player with the same name.
Josh Allen ended that game with no touchdowns, a pair of interceptions, and dropped for a sack four times. He is still haunted by Jaguars Josh Allen's performance that game when he had eight tackles while also picking him off and sacking him.
Given the history between these two players, the anticipation for their next showdown is palpable. When last they met, the Jaguar's Josh Allen was just a learner; now he is the master. Bills Josh Allen is right to be afraid; he will be hunted by a Josh Allen predator named Josh Allen. The question on everyone's lips is simple: Will the real Josh Allen please stand up?