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Why Bart Scott thinks Josh Allen should take Viagra before Bills vs. Patriots wild-card game

Leave it to Bart Scott to make things awkward on the set of ESPN’s “NFL Live.”

It all began when ESPN’s Dianna Russini outlined a conversation she had with Bills quarterback Josh Allen about the cold weather ahead for the Bills vs. Patriots wild-card game. Allen explained to Russini that he has “bad circulation,” which causes his toes to get cold quickly in freezing-temperature games.

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It is expected to be in the single digits in Buffalo on Saturday with a sub-zero wind chill, so Allen will have to find ways to stay warm on the sidelines. Russini was about to start explaining Allen’s preferred method of staying warm when Scott butted in with some unsolicited advice.

“Can I give a suggestion for him? Is Josh Allen listening? Can people get this message to him? Vi-a-gra. Take a viagra before the game, baby,” Scott said. “That’ll get that circulation going right.”

Bart Scott had some, uh, interesting advice for Josh Allen as far as how to handle the cold weather and his potential blood flow issues for the playoff game this weekend…. pic.twitter.com/yXroC9kNs3

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That’s a joke from Scott, right? Nope. He was dead serious about recommending that Allen take the little blue pill to keep warm.

“I swear, I’m not trying to be funny,” Scott deadpanned.

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Naturally, Scott’s advice led to a certain amount of chaos, as Damien Woody couldn’t stop laughing while Russini and the others on the show regrouped and tried to address Scott’s comments. Eventually, he got a chance to explain why he thought Allen should do that.

“A lot of NFL players, at least in my day, took Viagra to open up the blood vessels,” Scott explained. “A lot of endurance athletes. Viagra was first a heart medicine, right? So, it builds up circulation, which makes sure it gets circulation to the feet.”

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Is Scott on to something? Actually, yes!

Scott is somewhat correct that Viagra will improve circulation, but it only works in certain parts of the body. One area in which it works is in the lungs; that’s why it’s used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension. However, it is more commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction in men, so you can figure out which part of the body gets increased blood flow from that usage.

Harvard Medical School even published an article titled “Viagra may help with cold feet and hands,” with a focus on people with Raynaud’s syndrome. While Allen shared news revolving around poor circulation in his feet, it’s not known what diagnosis or treatment the Bills QB has received for his ailment. 

We’ll soon see how Allen plans to keep warm on Saturday night. Be it by standing next to the heaters on the sideline — as he told Russini he would — or taking Scott’s advice, the Bills need him to be at his best to take down his divisional rival in their third matchup of the year.

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