1. John Brown puts on a record-setting performance in his Bills debut
John Brown showed exactly why the Bills signed him on his first Sunday with the team. Brown caught seven passes for 123 yards and a touchdown
Brown’s 123 yards were the most by a Bills receiver in Week 1 since Eric Moulds’ recorded 147 on Sept. 12, 1999 in Indianapolis.
Brown is also the first Bills player with 100 yards receiving in his first game with the team.
“Of course and especially with the win to put up stats like that it feels real good,” Brown said. “I’m just happy to be here. We put up a great fight today.”
Most importantly, Brown caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen to put the Bills up late in the fourth quarter.
“If I recall correctly, it was third down. I knew the play we had there was a shot play and I saw a post high. John was on 27 (Darryl Roberts) and I trusted him to make a play,” Allen said. “It was a stutter route basically I gave him a chance and he made the play. That’s why we brought him here. I’m just glad the team was resilient enough to overcome some of the situations that we did. I’m just proud of this team”
On the play, Allen admitted he had to stay in the pocket a little longer than he was comfortable. Brown appreciates that kind of play from his quarterback.
“It’s real impressive.,” Brown said. “Josh is a guy who trusts his players, the receivers, tight ends and running backs. We work it a lot and he was comfortable, so he knew it would be open.”
2. When was the last time the Bills won after committing four turnovers?
Buffalo’s comeback was special. The Bills had four turnovers and still managed to win the game. Buffalo hasn’t done that since Sept. 21, 1997 against Indianapolis when the team committed five turnovers and won.
It also marked the first time the Bills won when down 13 going into the fourth quarter since that game as well. Buffalo won that game in 1997, 37-35. Marv Levy was the coach and Jim Kelly was in the broadcast booth.
“I was careless with the ball on the fumble. I was a little low on the pass to Cole (Beasley). I’ve got to pick that up. Their guy made a good play. They get paid on defense too. On the fumble with Mitch (Morse), it was just one of those things. The stadium was really loud and it was a miscommunication. It’s something that I have to clean up and we’re going to work on that,” Allen said.
“We sat in the locker room thinking this is the worst it could have gone and we’re sitting there down six points. We understood that we still have a shot in this game. Nothing is going to be too crazy to overcome. We’re down one score. When they got up to 16, we were down two scores. That’s kind of the process we had. Everybody stayed cool and calm. We’ve got some real professional football players on this team who kept everything cool.”
3. Cody Ford, Ty Nsekhe rotation was planned
Buffalo’s offensive line remained the same throughout the game except at right tackle where Cody Ford and Ty Nsekhe subbed in for one another.
Ford would play two series then Nsekhe would step in. Head coach Sean McDermott explained why postgame.
“That was planned,” McDermott said. “We had planned, like I said during the week. I wanted to be able to give Cody (Ford) a little bit of a break in there just to take a look at things, talk to him on the sideline, give him a chance to watch. So that was scripted out. Wasn’t what Cody did or didn’t do. I thought, in fact, he played well at times in there. Good to have guys that can step in and play, and guys that maybe weren’t the starters that were prepared to play. And I think that goes a long way in terms of winning games as well.”
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