ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW) — "He's a stud."
Bills center Mitch Morse is the latest teammate to praise quarterback Josh Allen and his play this season. Allen, while not putting up his best numbers, helped the Bills pick up their 10th win of the season and set a franchise record in the process.
With touchdown passes to Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis in the second half, Allen tied and broke the franchise record [previously held by Jim Kelly] for total touchdowns in a season with 34 and 35, respectively. He's now five touchdown passes away from tying Kelly's record of 33 set in 1991.
"To be mentioned in the likes of a guy like Jim, a guy that's the best QB to ever play in Buffalo, I know him personally and he's taken me under his wing," Allen said. "So, to be mentioned in the same sentence as him, it's a super honor and super humbling, but that's not why I play. I play to help this team win football team and be the best QB this team needs."
Allen finished the night going 24-of-43 for 238 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He now has 3,641 yards this season with three regular season games still on the schedule. More than 1,000 of those yards have been to wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who continues to prove just how valuable he is.
"Diggs is so special and as I see him play, I just want to rip off my captain "C" and throw it on his chest," tackle Dion Dawkins said. "He's been grinding, he just continues to outperform and outshine and prove us day in and day out that he's a different guy, and he's our guy."
"I've been saying it since day one. He's a problem," safety Micah Hyde added. "He is a man on a mission."
Diggs had his own record-setting night after catching 10 passes for 130 yards. It was his fifth 100-yard game this season and now has a season-high 1,158 yards though 13 games.
"Give all the credit to the people around me, especially Josh Allen. He puts his faith and trust in me to make plays," Diggs said. "Coach Daboll is calling the right stuff and putting me in the best position to make big plays. And then my wide receiver coach, Chad Hall. We put in a lot of work at practice, and rep a lot of stuff. I could be a lot better so I don't think too much of it. I'm just trying to chase these wins."
He also tied a Bills single-season record for receptions with 100, a record currently held by Eric Moulds . He's just the second player in NFL history to reach 100+ receptions in the first 13 games with a new team.
"I'm trying to get better each and every day. I know a lot of people trust me and believe in me and that's all I ever wanted," Diggs said. "They’re putting me in positions to be successful. I’m just thankful."
"His juice, his energy, the excitement he brings to the field and when we first traded for him, the whole media was so negative," Allen recalled. "It blows my mind how people can get that so wrong because he's been nothing but great for us. All he wants to do is help this team win football games."
The Bills are now 10-3 on the season, their best start since the 1991 season.