Josh Allen dominates Josh Allen in bizarre NFL anomaly

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Linebacker Josh Allen of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a sack on quarterback Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills during the 2nd quarter of the game at TIAA Bank Field.
Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen tormented his namesake, Bills quarterback Josh Allen In the Jags' 9-6 upset win. Pic: Getty

Josh Allen was sacked by Josh Allen, picked off by Josh Allen, and had a fumble recovered by Josh Allen on Sunday.

Yes, you read that right. 

In a series of history making moments, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was tormented by his namesake, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen, as the Jags pulled off a massive 9-6 upset of the Bills.

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It started late in the first half, when the Jaguars’ Allen was able to get into the backfield and bring down the Bills’ quarterback for a sack. 

NFL fans were quick to point out the bizarre anomaly on social media.

Unsurprisingly, it was the first time in NFL history a player had been sacked by another player with the exact same name.

However Allen wasn’t done there. 

Late in the third quarter, the Bills’ Allen was put under pressure by a Jacksonville blitz and hurriedly threw the ball away.

The errant throw found its way right into the welcoming arms of the Jags’ Allen.

The icing on the cake came with the 5:38 remaining in the 4th quarter. 

The Bills’ Allen faked a hand-off before being tackled by the Jaguars’ Dawuane Smoot, with the ball coming loose. 

The Jags’ Allen was the first to react to the fumble, diving to the turf to secure the loose ball.

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Speaking to media after the game, the Bills’ Allen expressed disappointment in his own performance and especially in his ball security.

“I put the ball in danger too often. Hit us in the butt. Played like s**t, excuse my language, but that starts with me."

"Got to be smart with the football and end every drive in a kick," Allen said. 

"Understanding how our defence was playing, not giving them short field. Again, I got to be better. I played like s**t today."

Making the Josh Allen versus Josh Allen matchup even more bizarre, is the fact that both players were selected with the 7th overall pick of their respective drafts. 

The Bills’ Allen was drafted in 2018, while the Jaguars picked their Allen in 2019.

While Allen was the standout performer for Jacksonville, Australian Adam Gotsis also played a key role for the Jags’ defence, which held the Bills to their lowest points total of the season.

The victory was just Jacksonville’s second win of the season, improving their record to 2-6. 

The Bills are now 5-3, but still hold top position in the AFC East division.

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