It’s the long-awaited event on a football field that’s… not actually football. And we’re still waiting to see it actually happen. But the tale is as old as… around the 2018 NFL Draft? That’s when the Bills selected quarterback Josh Allen in the first round of that draft, a year after Buffalo traded back with the Kansas City Chiefs, a move which allowed KC to select their QB, Patrick Mahomes.
That tale of course is… who has the stronger arm?
Thus far, it’s just been all talk.
Originally this challenge goes back to an episode of the Barstool Sports podcast, Pardon My Take. Allen said on the show he would be in for the battle first and Mahomes took to Twitter to accept.
Unfortunately, another thing the COVID-19 pandemic has taken from us is this challenge. Allen confirmed earlier this month that the two QBs tentatively planned to get together for the throw-off this offseason… then coronavirus hit.
Most likely we’re going to see these guys actually face each other in a real game before this challenge actually happens since the Bills and Chiefs meet in Week 6 on Thursday Night Football. Still, Mahomes recently gave a guess as so how things will go on his end.
Talking to Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless on FS1’s “Undisputed”, Mahomes revealed how far he believed he could sling it in a throwing competition with Allen.
“I think if I’m in a throw-off, in that situation, I’m going to throw it 80-plus yards,” Mahomes said. “I know I’m going to put that up there. I know that Josh Allen has got an arm too, he can chuck it out there as well. If he can beat 80-83 yards then he can beat me, but I’m going to put it out there, I promise you that.”
That’ll certainly be a tough one for Allen to beat, if Mahomes can truly chuck a ball that far. This past season, Allen nearly threw a football out of the stadium formerly known as New Era Field after scoring a touchdown. Dating back to the pre-draft process for Allen, he showed off his arm strength and reached 80 yards at his Wyoming pro day.
Let the arm-strength battle begin… once it’s safe, that is.