Josh Allen was so bad in his season debut against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football that he was even trolled by former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez for one of his turnovers.
Seeing an opportunity to troll Allen about the nature of one of his late-game fumbles, the 36-year-old Sanchez harkened back to the butt fumble while cracking a joke about the Buffalo Bills quarterback.
Josh Allen just ran into his own guy and fumbled… weird 🤷🏻♂️
— Mark Sanchez (@Mark_Sanchez) September 12, 2023
Sanchez, of course, is referencing the “Butt Fumble”, which is the haphazard play that would ultimately come to define his career.
As a result of a broken play, Sanchez attempted to scramble but wound up colliding into the butt of Brandon Moore, thus causing a fumble. Immediately deemed the “Butt Fumble”, the moment has been ranked by ESPN as the most embarrassing in the history of the infamously comedic franchise.
Sanchez certainly picked the right moment to troll Allen and the Bills. Despite the devastating, season-altering injury to Rodgers, the Jets were still able to beat the Bills by a score of 22-16, thanks in large part to Josh Allen’s performance.
Against the Jets’ ferocious defense, the 27-year-old Pro Bowler completed 29 of 41 passes for 236 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions, and the aforementioned, Sanchez-mocked fumble.
Turnovers have been a major issue for Allen throughout his career, as his 83 interceptions/fumbles since 2018 are the most in the league.
As for the Jets, with Rodgers set to miss the entire season with a torn Achilles, the team will now turn to former #2 overall pick Zach Wilson, who is widely considered to be a major draft bust after just two seasons in the league.
In Week 2, Wilson and the Jets will travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys and their smothering defense, while the Bills will host the Las Vegas Raiders in their home opener.