Josh Allen and Carson Wentz’s seasons more similar than you think

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 04: Carson Wentz #2 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 04: Carson Wentz #2 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The Indianapolis Colts have managed to fight and claw back into the AFC playoff picture, and the play of Carson Wentz under center is one of the main reasons that this team hasn’t completely capitulated. After a rough season in Philadelphia, Wentz looks completely rejuvenated.

Wentz has recorded 17 touchdowns against just three interceptions this season despite some turnover on the offensive line, rookies and unproven players taking up time at wide receiver, and a genuinely tough start to the season from the team collectively.

Wentz will try to prove that he can get this team back into the playoff bracket in what promises to be a tough matchup against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. While Buffalo has one of the best defenses in the game, they are going to win and lose games on the back of Allen’s arm.

When you compare Wentz’s stats to those of Allen, you’ll see that the gap may not be as cavernous as previously thought. Allen is deservedly getting MVP buzz, but Wentz’s numbers are not that dissimilar. This could set the stage for an offensive shootout when these two teams finally lock horns.

Colts QB Carson Wentz isn’t playing that much worse than Josh Allen.

While Allen is slightly edging Wentz in most of the major passing categories, the fact that Wentz is putting up numbers that are comparable to one of the best players in the game is extremely impressive given the run No. 17 has been on in the last few seasons.

  • Passer rating: 99.6 vs 97.9
  • Passing yards: 2,602 vs 2,378
  • Passing TD: 19 vs 17
  • Interceptions: 5 vs 3
  • Yards per attempt: 7.5 vs 7.1

Wentz may have Quenton Nelson on his offensive line and Jonathan Taylor in the backfield, but he’s doing so with a worse collection of wide receivers.

Having Brian Daboll on the sideline and a generally favorable schedule also plays into why Allen has the numbers that he has.

While Wentz was terrible with the Eagles last year, Indianapolis correctly assumed that a player with his physical gifts and history of above-average production didn’t suddenly forget how to play football. Based on how he’s played so far, giving up some draft capital to get him looks like an absolute steal.

Wentz is likely not going to be an MVP contender this season, but considering that he was the butt of everyone’s jokes during his 2020 season, the fact that he’s challenging Allen’s statistical dominance is a sign that this team is set up nicely for the future.