Josh Allen To Appear With Peyton and Eli Manning on Monday Night Football

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By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily

If yesterday’s Bills game wasn’t enough for fans of former University of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, there’s good news to report: he’ll be appearing on Monday Night Football.

Not as a player, but as a guest on ESPN’s “Manning Cast”.

For those unfamiliar with the show, it’s the regular broadcast of Monday Night Football but brothers Peyton and Eli Manning handle play-by-play duties. Sort of.

The alternative broadcast of the esteemed weekly football game is unorthodox to say the least. The focus is on the brothers’ comments — not so much the game.

That’s the charm. It also means if the contest is a “dog,” it’s still entertaining to watch.

To that point, Cheyenne resident Jeff Gillotti said he enjoyed last week’s game between the Saints and the Seahawks, not because of the football, but because of the Mannings.

“Amazing, a horrible football game, two horrible quarterbacks, and I didn’t even notice, didn’t miss a second of a game between two team I couldn’t care less about,” he said shortly after the game concluded.

This week’s Monday night game is no gem. Neither the Giants nor the Chiefs are having a good year and perhaps the only interesting thing about it is to find out whether Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes can get his act together. 

But with the Manning Cast, it doesn’t really matter. The brothers carry the show. And anything can happen.

Last week, former Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch dropped the f-bomb a couple of times and Tom Brady provided a full quarter of entertainment.

Allen is a fan.

“It’s awesome,” Allen said of the telecast. “Yeah. Big fan. … I have a good relationship with Peyton and Eli going back to the Manning Passing Academy. And Archie texts me once in a while, which is really cool.”

As for Monday’s broadcast, Allen said he was looking forward to it even if he purposely tries not to say anything interesting.

“I don’t know if I have the insight they’re looking for. Let’s just say I wouldn’t give them any sound bites or clips,” he said.

The broadcast begins at 6 p.m. on ESPN 2. Allen will be the third quarter guest. Other guests include Jon Stewart, Michael Strahan, and Michael Irving.

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