Unfortunately, the creators of the Madden NFL football video games series, EA Sports, did Bills fans little favors this year. Their cover stars for the upcoming game Madden 22?
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Bucs quarterback Tom Brady.
But could Bleacher Report be onto something? After EA Sports revealed who would be on the cover of the game this year, B/R made a top-five list of players that could be on the cover of a future edition of the game.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen led the list at No. 1 overall:
Bills Mafia already lives and dies with every comment—positive or negative—made about their franchise quarterback, Josh Allen. That mentality is understandable after the guff the quarterback and his fanbase endured for two seasons as Allen tried to find his footing at the professional level.
As the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Allen always had the entire package from a physical standpoint. He’s big and athletic with a howitzer attached to his right shoulder. But inconsistency plagued him well before he donned a Bills uniform.
Allen’s massive frame to shrug off pass-rushers, coupled with uncanny athleticism for a 6’5″, 237-pound quarterback, allowed him to get away with a lot during his first two seasons. Poor decision-making was hidden somewhat because the Bills remained competitive thanks to Allen’s creativity as a runner. The quarterback ran for 17 total touchdowns in his first two seasons.
Everything clicked in Year 3.
The one-time project became a complete quarterback while still excelling in the areas that drive defenses mad. Allen finished top five overall in completion percentage, passing yardage, yards per attempt, passing touchdowns, quarterback rating and QBR. He also graded first against the blitz, in yardage from the playaction game and when he scrambled, according to Pro Football Focus.
Thankfully in recent years it seems that the “Madden curse,” the idea that the player on the cover of the game has a bad time the ensuing campaign, has kind of died. While most of Buffalo would be fine with Mahomes and Brady both having an off 2021 season, it still could be a very cool thing to see Allen on the case of the highly sought after game.
One Bills fan on Twitter even suggested a future cover image to the team:
— Thunder Cheerio (@thundercheerio) June 17, 2021