For those not familiar with Brown’s Best we chronicle some of the less noticed plays and performances of the most recent game to recognize contributions made by players or units that otherwise would have been overlooked in many cases. So here are the Week 1 honorees.
BEST STUFFERS: Keith Ellison, Kyle Williams – The two veteran defenders stopped Laurence Maroney cold on a 4th-and-1 at the Bills 40-yard line to force a turnover on downs. Ellison finished the game with a career-high 15 tackles.
BEST STUFFER PART II: Marcus Stroud – The big fella had two tackles for loss and a tackle for no gain in the game where the Patriots averaged just 3.2 yards per carry.
BEST THIRD DOWN STOP: Aaron Schobel – The Bills pass rusher sacked Tom Brady for a 10-yard loss on a 3rd-and-6 early in the game to force a punt.
BEST THIRD DOWN STOP PART II: Schobel, Leodis McKelvin – The two defenders teamed up to stop Kevin Faulk on a 3rd-and-goal at the Bills three-yard line for just a one-yard gain forcing New England to kick the field goal.
BEST DOWNFIELD BLOCK: Andy Levitre – The rookie guard got out in front of Fred Jackson on one of his handful of screen plays and busted Jackson loose for a 21-yard gain on the team’s first touchdown drive.
BEST START TO A CAREER: Shawn Nelson – The rookie tight end’s first career reception was an 11-yard touchdown catch to get Buffalo on the board.
BEST ANGLE: George Wilson – The Bills special teamer took a sound angle on punt returner Wes Welker to wrap him up despite being the first downfield and a lot of open space for Welker to work with.
BEST ONE-HANDED GRAB: Aaron Schobel – His one-handed snare of Tom Brady’s attempted dump off pass to Sammy Morris for an interception was impressive. Almost as impressive as his 26-yard return for a TD with Morris draped on his back.
BEST RUN AFTER CATCH: Fred Jackson – All five of his catches were screen passes, but Jackson averaged an astonishing 16.6 yards per reception. Jackson showed how the screen game could be key for Buffalo’s efficiency on offense this season.
BEST MAKEUP YARDAGE PLAY: Trent Edwards – After back-to-back plays in which there was a run for a four-yard loss and a sack for a six-yard loss, Edwards on 3rd-and-20 at the New England 38 stuck a dart in to Derek Schouman over the middle for a 16-yard gain. The play didn’t get a first down, but put Buffalo back in the field goal range for Rian Lindell who put a 40-yarder through.
BEST WORKHORSE: Fred Jackson – The guy had 140 all-purpose yards and accounted for 49 of the 62 yards on Buffalo’s 14-play drive in the fourth quarter to put them up by 11 with 5:30 left to play.
BEST LEAP: Bryan Scott – The Bills safety climbed the ladder to intercept New England’s two-point conversion attempt intended for Ben Watson with 2:10 left.
BEST DECISION MAKER: Alex Van Pelt – The new coordinator crafted a game plan that was good enough to win the game for the Bills accentuating the strengths of Buffalo’s young players while limiting their weaknesses.
BEST IMPROVEMENT: Trent Edwards – The Bills quarterback looked like a different signal caller than the one in the preseason. He displayed poise in the pocket, made good decisions with his arm and feet and put Buffalo in position to win the game late. He finished the game with a 114.1 passer rating.
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