FS1 host Nick Wright spent the week leading up to the Buffalo Bills AFC Championship rematch against the Kansas City Chiefs taking shots at Bills quarterback Josh Allen. The Bills QB delivered in Prime Time, helping Buffalo take down its biggest division rival. After the game, the Bills’ social media team took the opportunity to fire their own shot back at the outspoken Allen critic.
Nick Wright is not a Josh Allen fan
Nick Wright is the co-host of the morning debate show First Things First on FS1. Like most sports debate show talking heads, Wright spouts loud, strong opinions on TV every morning and generally refuses to back off them.
In the vein of “great” debate show takes like Skip Bayless’ trolling of LeBron James and Stephen A. Smith’s hated of the Dallas Cowboys, Wright decided that his patented hot take is that Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen isn’t that good and can’t be trusted.
Ahead of the Bills Sunday Night Football game against the Chiefs this week, Wright compared Allen’s 2021 numbers to Patrick Mahomes. The latter QB’s numbers looked better, so Wright continued by showing other NFL QBs with better numbers this season. This group included Dak Prescott, Joe Burrow, Taylor Heinicke, and Kirk Cousins.
Wright did finally get to Daniel Jones, whose numbers weren’t better than Allen’s.
Of course, Wright gave no context to these numbers. He didn’t mention that, after a Week 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers where Allen did look rusty, Allen’s Bills won the next three games by a combined score of 118-21. Allen didn’t need to put up gaudy numbers in those games, which is why his 2021 totals didn’t look impressive.
The FS1 pundit was so confident about his Allen takes that he even finished the week leading up to the AFC Championship game rematch by predicting that the Mahomes and the Chiefs would “dog walk” the Bills.
The Buffalo Bills Twitter account roasted Nick Wright after the team’s 38-20 victory over Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs
After 60 minutes of football and an hour-plus lightning delay on Sunday night, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills left Arrowhead Stadium with a decisive 38-20 victory.
Allen finished the game 15-of-26 for 315 yards, with three touchdowns, and zero interceptions. He added another 59 yards on the ground and a rushing TD. The former Wyoming Cowboy even added a career highlight-reel play, hurdling a Chiefs defender on his way to picking up a first down.
Mahomes was 33-of-55 for 272 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
In the early morning hours after the game, the Buffalo Bills official Twitter account took aim at Wright for his bad-mouthing of the Bills Mafia’s favorite son.
The video the team posted starts with Nick Wright’s Josh Allen slander. It features the Wright quotes, “Josh Allen this year has been nothing close to the quarterback he was last year,” and, “They’re a very good, and if they had a quarterback I trusted, I think they’d be a very good football team.”
After the Wright snippets, the video cuts to Shark Tank clips that make it look like the Sharks are talking to the TV talking head.
The savage burns from the Bills via the Sharks include, “I find you enormously abrasive,” “He’s an idiot. He’s a con artist,” and “You’re kind of losing credibility.”
Wright was a good sport about it, referencing the Bills’ social media team mocking him on his show the next morning. He also stayed on brand, crediting the excellent Bills D, the awful Chiefs D, and KC’s “self-inflicted wounds,” for the win instead of Buffalo’s QB.
The Bills are the best team in the NFL through five weeks
On January 24, 2021, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills walked off the field after the AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium following a 38-24 loss. It came on the heels of a 26-17 loss to the same team in Week 6 of last season.
The Bills brought almost their entire offense back from last season and added veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (who caught two TDs Sunday night). They also added pass-rushers in the draft to get after Mahomes, including first-round pick Gregory Rousseau (who had a sack, an interception, and five tackles Sunday Night).
After beating the class of the AFC, there is no doubt that the Bills are the best team in the division right now and, likely, the best team in football.
The defense is putting up historic numbers, and the offense clicked on all cylinders for the first time Sunday night.
It’s still a long road back to the AFC Championship for Buffalo, but this time, it looks like that road will go through Orchard Park and not Arrowhead. It also looks like Mahomes may be the one who now has to prove something against “the best quarterback in the league” instead of the other way around, despite what Nick Wright says.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference