Josh Allen vs. Josh Allen could create unique NFL history in Buffalo Bills-Jacksonville Jaguars tilt

Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen (pictured) squares off against his namesake, quarterback Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills, on Sunday. AP Photo/Ian Walton

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen has never met his quarterback namesake, Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills, but he’s hoping to finally do so Sunday.

Actually, he’s hoping to toss his rear end on the ground.

If that happens -- if the Jaguars’ Josh Allen sacks the Bills’ Josh Allen when the teams play Sunday at TIAA Bank Field (1 p.m. ET, CBS) -- it likely will be the first time that a player has sacked another player with the same name.

“That’s the goal,” said the Jaguars’ Allen, who leads the Jaguars with 4.5 sacks and has 17.5 in his two-plus-year career. “I told myself I’m not chasing. I’m going to let the play come to me. Take one play at a time, and when that play comes, I’m going to do what I do.”

The Elias Sports Bureau did not find any exact matches of names involving sacker and sackee but said it’s impossible to say with 100 percent certainty that it has never happened before because of different variations and spellings of first names, such as James and Jimmy.

And to be completely transparent, the names aren’t completely the same. The Jaguars’ Allen has no middle name, but the Bills’ Allen is Joshua Patrick Allen. But that’s a bit of nitpicking. When it comes to first and last names only, it doesn’t appear there has been an instance when someone sacked his namesake.

Maybe not that shocking, when you consider there have been some pretty unique QB names in the NFL: Terry Bradshaw, Rayne (Dak) Prescott, Tony Romo, Francis Tarkenton, Aaron Rodgers, Roger Staubach, Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger, Trevor Lawrence, Blake Bortles … you get the idea.

Surprisingly, the Jaguars’ Allen didn’t seem really all that excited about potentially earning a piece of NFL history.

“I’m just looking forward to playing against this team and looking forward to playing against him,” he said. “He’s been playing at a high level recently. He’s been evading sacks recently. He’s been getting out the pocket, he’s been scrambling. His O-line does a really good job protecting him, so I love this challenge.

“I don’t want to really speak [about sacking the Bills' Allen], you know what I’m saying, but we’re going to get after them -- but we have to do it early and throughout the whole game.”

The Bills’ Allen -- who has thrown 17 touchdown passes to only three interceptions and is third among quarterbacks with 269 yards rushing -- plans on interacting with the Jaguars’ Allen only before the game and doesn’t want to see or talk to him again until after.

“I don't want to talk to him in between the lines, you know, as long as he's staying off of me,” he told reporters in Buffalo on Wednesday. “But again, we got to be prepared for him and their defense as a whole.”

The Allens have messaged back and forth on Twitter and Instagram, especially after the Jaguars’ Allen was taken with the seventh pick in the 2019 NFL draft -- one year after the Bills took their Allen with the seventh pick. But that’s been the extent of their communication to this point.

The Jaguars’ Allen, however, did get an email once about a business opportunity that would have been somewhat lucrative and was excited about it -- until he realized it was supposed to go to the quarterback.

“I’m not going to tell his business, but I got an email [that was supposed to go to the other Allen] and I’m reading [it and] I’m like, ‘Oh yeah!’” he said. “Then I went to the bottom and I was like, ‘I don’t think this one was for me.’ It would have been good if it was on me, I’ll tell you that.

“… I’m excited about this one, not just because who we’re playing against or him, but just the team and how that team’s been playing recently.”