1. Why Buffalo’s secondary respects Eli Manning
The Bills defense has to switch gears and prepare for quarterback Eli Manning this week. Manning, a two-time Super Bowl chance has a lot more experience than second-year QB Sam Darnold of the Jets.
Buffalo’s starting safeties weighed in on what they’re expecting heading into a matchup with the 16-year NFL veteran.
“A guy who’s won the Super Bowl, a guy who has control and knows his offense. He’s able to understand looks and see’s the game differently. He’s able to get the ball out of his hands and push the ball down the field. This week we’re going to try and get him out of the pocket and force him to make plays,” Jordan Poyer said.
“His mental awareness,” Micah Hyde said. “I’ve played against him in the past and he’s a very smart quarterback. He knows what you’re going to do on every play and is going to be dangerous. We have to continue to work on out craft and disguise our coverages.”
It’s easier said than done but the Giants are hurting offensively with their No. 1 receiver Sterling Shepard in concussion protocol. Without Shepard on the field the Bills defense will be able to shift their focus to running back Saquon Barkley.
2. Mitch Morse impressed with Josh Allen’s demeanor
Center Mitch Morse and Josh Allen were finally able to get into game action with one another on Sunday. Morse didn’t play a single snap during the preseason due to a concussion and was held out of the fourth preseason game where neither he nor Allen player.
Sunday, Morse was able to see Allen’s gameday demeanor for the first time as Buffalo came back from a 16-point deficit.
“I think when the highs are high and the lows are low, he's kind of had this easy, calm demeanor that when you bring into the huddle is infectious, you know, I mean, so understanding the guys were looking up to him in the huddle. The way you carry yourself is just monstrous and he did a very good job,” Morse said.
Morse and Allen have spent time with one another despite injury issues. Morse wasn’t surprised at all that Allen was able to lead the Bills to a victory.
“He's just a competitive dude. And he brought that competitive nature to the game on Sunday and really played out well for us,” Morse said.
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3. Kyle Peko’s wife is cancer free
In July, it was announced that Giuliana Peko, wife of Bills defensive tackle Kyle Peko, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The team rallied around Peko and his family. On Tuesday night, Giuliana announced that she was cancer free.
“She called me crying,” Peko said after practice on Wednesday. “I didn’t know what news I was about to hear, but then I got a smile out of her.”
Peko got the chance to break the team down and tell them the news on Wednesday.
“I walked up and gathered everyone and I was like ‘Hey I just want to let you guys know that my wife got the news yesterday that she was cancer free.’ Everyone started cheering and jumping up and down,” Peko said.
“It’s been a very emotional time but I think all these guys have been super supportive and super appreciated. Bills mafia, thank you to everyone for showing love and prayers, it’s been a blessing,” Peko said.