The Bills entered their Week 9 game against the Jaguars as 15.5-point favorites. Buffalo wasn’t supposed to have any trouble against a team that was viewed as one of the NFL’s worst.
The Jaguars had just one win on the season entering Sunday’s action. It was one of the last-second variety over the Dolphins in London. They were fresh off a 31-7 loss to the Seahawks and Geno Smith, so they weren’t expected to keep pace with Josh Allen and the Bills at all.
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But somehow, the Jaguars earned a 9-6 win at home. Their victory marked the seventh-largest upset win in the NFL since 1995 and the fourth-largest road upset since 1966.
Buffalo closed as a 15.5-point favorite.
This is the 4th-largest road upset loss since 1966.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 7, 2021
So, how did the Jaguars do it? Perhaps it was because Jacksonville limited Buffalo to 301 yards of offense and forced three turnovers.
Or maybe it was because of the “Manningcast” curse.
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The Manningcast curse has become a bit of a trend since “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” premiered in Week 1. In each week that the Manningcast has aired, Peyton and Eli Manning have had a current NFL player on as a guest. The week after each player has appeared, they have lost. That includes Allen, who appeared on the Manningcast in Week 8.
|Week||Player||Result week following Manningcast|
|1||Russell Wilson||33-30 loss to Titans|
|1||Travis Kelce||36-35 loss to Ravens|
|2||Rob Gronkowski||34-24 loss to Rams|
|3||Matthew Stafford||37-20 loss to Cardinals|
|7||Tom Brady||36-27 loss to Saints|
|8||Josh Allen||9-6 loss to Jaguars|
Many assumed that Allen would be the one to break the curse, as his competition was considered weak. However, he couldn’t get the job done. He threw for 264 yards, ran for 50 and recorded three turnovers without recording a touchdown.
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Maybe this is all a big, weird coincidence, but the results haven’t changed as the sample size has gotten larger. So, it’s at least something for superstitious fans to monitor.
We’ll have to wait until the next Manningcast to see which team may be the next victim of the curse. There will not be an episode of “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” in Week 9, so the NFL will be safe from the curse for at least one week.