Colin Cowherd believes this week's showdown between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs will pit the two best quarterbacks in the NFL against one another.
Cowherd said on his Fox Sports talk show "The Herd" Friday that the Bills' Josh Allen and the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes have separated themselves from the rest of the signal-callers in the NFL and are now in a tier of their own.
Behind them, he said, is a group that includes the likes of Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert and (somewhat surprisingly) Jimmy Garoppolo.
“I think Mahomes and Josh Allen have separated from the league," Cowherd said. "I think they’re different. I think the arm talent, the ability to move — I think they’ve literally separated from the league."
The sports talk personality believes Allen and Mahomes could be the latest in a long line of two-quarterback rivalries atop the NFL. He mentioned them alongside Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach, John Elway and Dan Marino, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
In each of those rivalries, Cowherd said, there was one quarterback who won more than the other, and it often wasn't the more talented player.
This time around, he believes Mahomes is the winner while Allen is the "take-your-breath-away talent."
"One guy usually wins more titles than the other guy in that decade," Cowherd said. "And I do believe there are advantages to Mahomes. What? He’s got the offensive coach, Josh has the defensive coach. Kansas City rebuilt their offensive line in one year. It took Buffalo six. Buffalo still doesn’t have a competent run game with their coach six years in. Kansas City always runs it okay."
Cowherd pointed to the last meeting between the two quarterbacks as proof. Allen threw for 329 yards and four touchdowns, but Mahomes and the Chiefs engineered a field goal drive in the final 13 seconds of regulation to tie the game and then won in overtime, 42-36, in one of the more dramatic games in NFL playoff history.
Allen will look to get revenge on Sunday in a game that has the makings of another classic between the two quarterbacks.