- Josh Allen suffered turf toe in a Week 13 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Allen would like to play, and claims that he is “feeling good”.
- Allen’s O/U odds are a bit low entering his matchup against a dangerous Carolina Panthers defense.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills was injured in an overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.
With his injury officially diagnosed as turf toe, Allen has been adamant that he wants to play against the Carolina Panthers, and the online sportsbooks seem to believe him, as they have posted prop odds for him.
“Obviously I want whatever’s the best opportunity for our team to win the football game,” Allen said of his status. “But if I can go, I’m going to go. It’s quite a bit better, and again, hats off to the training staff for putting up with me in the training room and giving me the attention that I’ve needed. As of right now it feels pretty good.”
Good news for online gamblers who’d like to back the Bills, certainly.
Josh Allen Passing Yards O/U Odds
- Over 260.5 -115
- Under 260.5 -115
Allen is averaging 271 passing yards per game this season, so it’s notable that his O/U in this game is lower than his average.
However, it’s unclear whether that is due to fears of his injury limiting his effectiveness, or the dominance of the Carolina Panthers’ defense.
The Panthers have given up the second-fewest passing yards to opposing quarterbacks in the entire league, surrendering only 2553 over the course of the season. The only team ahead of them in this stat is Allen’s own Buffalo Bills, which means that this is arguably the single toughest matchup Allen could possibly face.
The New England Patriots, third in this statistic, were able to hamper Allen significantly, holding him to 145 passing yards on a windy Buffalo evening.
The Panthers primarily reach their defensive statistics by limiting the amount of attempts opposing QBs take - they’re the team that is passed on the least in the NFL.
The Bills, rather famously, are a pass-first offense with a huge weakness at the running back position, so it will be interesting for NFL betting fans to see how these two opposing forces match up.
This isn’t so much the unstoppable force meets the immovable object, but it’s along those lines - the pass-first offense meets the defense that prevents passing the best.
The Bills face off against the Panthers on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on FOX and NFL Network.