1. WR John Brown offers this opinion about the No. 1 receiver title for Buffalo
One Bills Live caught up with wide receiver John Brown to talk about his first regular season game as a Buffalo Bill. Brown caught the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter as part of the comeback win against the Jets. Despite the four turnovers, Brown liked the way the team moved the ball, especially in the second half.
“We felt good about it,” Brown said. “There were mistakes made, but at the end of the day no one folded. We communicated and we talked to each other. We saw that we were moving the ball and just had to finish the drives.”
Brown was targeted the most of any Bills receiver in the season opener, which was 10 times. He had seven receptions for 123 yards including the 38-yard touchdown. Even though he had the most targets, Brown doesn’t look at himself has the No. 1 guy.
“We all made plays,” Brown explained. “I’m not so big on the No. 1 receiver thing because you never know. This week it might be designed for another receiver to step up as the No. 1, so whenever my number gets called, I’ll be willing to make the play.”
On the play that won the game, Brown was pleased with how second year quarterback Josh Allen read the Jets defense.
“It was designed for a double move,” Brown said. “The defensive back, if you look at it, he had great coverage. If Josh [Allen] would have actually threw it out there it probably would have been an incomplete pass. Josh did a great job of seeing that and he kind of threw it inside. He trusted me to make that play. It was a great inside throw because he saw that I was getting washed to the sideline. I was able to adjust off of it.”
The Bills face the New York Giants on Sunday and Brown will play against a familiar face. New York Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher was on Arizona’s staff while Brown was a part of the Cardinals.
“The Giants, they are a great team. Their record doesn’t show it but they come ready to play. I am familiar with the defensive coordinator and I know a lot of things that they do and we just have to focus and leave last week behind.”
2. Bills jump six spots in NFL.com's Week 2 power rankings
The Buffalo Bills opened the season at No. 23 on NFL.com's Power Rankings list. After a 17-16 comeback win, the Bills jumped six spots to No. 17 ahead of Sunday’s game against the Giants. The New York Giants moved down two spots to No. 29 after their season opening 35-17 loss against the Cowboys.
What a comeback by the Bills, who wiped away a 16-point deficit and stole a game in which they lost the turnover battle, 4-1. Credit goes to both an uncharacteristically blitz-heavy pass rush that never allowed Jets quarterback Sam Darnold to find a rhythm and to Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen who shook off two fumbles and two interceptions in the first half to lead Buffalo to 17 unanswered points on three consecutive drives in the second half. Allen's go-ahead touchdown pass to John Brown with less than four minutes to play was a perfectly placed ball that showed off touch that Allen didn't always exhibit as a rookie. Allen didn't do it alone: Rookie running back Devin Singletary looked special, piling up 98 scrimmage yards on just nine touches. The Bills have a core in place to make some noise right now.
The Bills will play at MetLife Stadium for the second week in a row on Sunday. With a win, the Buffalo will be the first team to win back-to-back games at the same stadium since the Chicago Bears beat the Jets and Giants at MetLife Stadium in 2006.
3. Eight former Bills are modern-era nominees for Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020
Eight Buffalo Bills alumni are modern-era nominees for Pro Football's Hall of Fame Class of 2020. Former Bills on the list include RB Larry Centers, C Kent Hull, LB London Fletcher, LB Darryl Talley, LB Cornelius Bennett, LB Takeo Spikes, LB Chris Spielman and ST Steve Tasker.
A total of 122 players, including eight in their first year of eligibility, comprise the list of Modern-Era player nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020. The large list of Modern-Era nominees includes only players whose careers ended less than 25 seasons ago. The nominees include 63 offensive players, 43 defensive players, and 16 special teams players.
The modern-era players list will be reduced to 25 Semifinalists in November and to 15 Finalists in early January 2020. The finalists will then be presented to the full 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee during its annual meeting on “Selection Saturday,” the day before Super Bowl LIV.
The 15 finalists will be cut down to the five who will join the Class of 2020 on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.
The Centennial Class of 2020 will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the annual Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls from Aug. 6-9, 2020 and the Centennial Celebration in Canton on Sept. 16-19, 2020.
As the Bills prepare to play on the road against the NFC East New York Giants, scroll through to view photos from previous matchups between the two opponents.