NFL Quarterback Battle Odds: Can Josh Allen Win the Starting Job in Buffalo?

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The Buffalo Bills are hoping first-round pick Josh Allen can be their answer at quarterback. | Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NFL is all about the quarterback position. And if you don’t have a legitimate starting quarterback, then odds are you’re probably spending a lot of time, energy, and money trying to find one. For as long as we can remember, this has been the story of the Buffalo Bills. However, that tale may finally be coming to an end.

Like some other teams around the league, the Bills have a genuine quarterback battle on their hands. Who’s going to win the job? According to Vegas, the odds for who’s going to be the starting quarterback in Buffalo for the start of the 2018 season are as follows.

Odds courtesy of BetDSI as of August 2, 2018.

Nathan Peterman (+820)

Nathan Peterman is currently third on the Bills’ quarterback depth charter, and it’s hard to imagine that changing anytime. The former Pittsburgh QB, whom the team drafted in the fifth round (No. 171 overall) of the 2017 draft, played in four games last season — starting two — and didn’t exactly impress. Peterman threw two touchdowns against five interceptions, completed a mere 49% of his passes, and finished with a quarterback rating of 38.4. Simply put, he’s not “the guy.”

Josh Allen (+160)

The Bills believe they’ve found their franchise quarterback in Josh Allen. That’s why the organization traded up — to No. 7 overall — to select the former Wyoming product. So far, based on early reports from camp, the 6-foot-5 gunslinger, while not perfect, has definitely impressed with his incredible upside. The Bills aren’t going to rush Allen into the starting QB role. However, if the battle is close, it’d be hard to keep the rookie on the bench.

A.J. McCarron (-150)

Everyone knew the Bills were going to draft a quarterback in 2018. Still, it was important for the organization to bring in a veteran QB to act as the bridge to the future. Enter A.J. McCarron, the former backup in Cincinnati, who signed a two-year, $10 million deal this past offseason. McCarron is the odds-on favorite to win the starting quarterback battle in Buffalo (and for good reason). But don’t expect him to finish the season in that position.

Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-ReferenceSalary information courtesy of Spotrac.

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