Not a whole lot to be proud of after Sunday’s game, but the defense certainly turned in some solid plays for three quarters of the game. Here’s the rundown.
BEST STOP: Chris Kelsay, Kawika Mitchell – Their tackle on Reggie Bush on 4th-and-2 forced a rare New Orleans turnover on downs. Buffalo now has a fourth down stop in each of their three games this season.
BEST SACRIFICE: Brian Moorman – The Bills punter took a wicked shot from Jonathan Vilma just as he released his 25-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Denney. Moorman paid a price for those points.
BEST SOLO PLAY: Aaron Schobel – With New Orleans threatening at the Bills’ 32, Schobel backed his offensive tackle up into Drew Brees, reached around him stripped the ball, sacked Brees and then recovered the fumble.
BEST THIRD DOWN PLAY: Chris Kelsay – The Bills defensive end sacked Drew Brees on a 3rd-and-8 forcing the Saints to punt again late in the first half.
BEST SERIES: Spencer Johnson, Kyle Williams, Chris Kelsay – After the Bills went three-and-out on offense early in the fourth quarter down seven, Buffalo’s defense did the same to New Orleans offense. Spencer Johnson stopped Pierre Thomas for no gain on first down, Kyle Williams pressured Drew Brees into an incompletion on second down and Kelsay got pressure on Brees on third down to force another errant throw, and ultimately a punt.
BEST EFFORT: Fred Jackson – Despite being a focus of the Saints defense for a good portion of the game, Jackson still managed to put up 97 yards from scrimmage on the day.
BEST TACKLER: Chris Kelsay – He was one of the leading tacklers with eight in the game, had two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit. Honorable mention to Bryan Scott.
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Sorry for the delay this week, as this usually posts on Monday afternoons, but with all the news Monday we got a little behind. Here’s some of the best of the unnoticed from Sunday’s game.
BEST TONE SETTER: Kyle Williams – His tackle of Cadillac Williams for a five-yard loss on the second play from scrimmage, got Buffalo’s defense amped up for another strong day in terms of run defense. The Bucs managed just 57 yards on the ground.
BEST ADJUSTMENT: Trent Edwards – On 3rd-and-1 at the Tampa 32, Edwards checked out of a run play based on the Bucs’ defensive look and took advantage of the one-on-one matchup outside with Lee Evans, hitting the wideout with a well thrown ball for a 32-yard touchdown pass.
BEST PRESSURE: Kyle Williams – The Bills defensive tackle got enough heat on Byron Leftwich to force him to hurry a checkdown throw to Cadillac Williams, which was overthrown right to Donte Whitner for a 76-yard interception return for a TD. He had three QB hits in the game.
BEST DEFEAT OF A SCREEN: Terrence McGee – The Bills #1 CB slipped underneath a Bucs’ blocker and dropped Cadillac Williams for just a one-yard gain on what looked like a well executed screen play by Tampa at the outset.
BEST SHOESTRING: Bryan Scott – Scott was ‘johnny on the spot’ with his shoestring interception on a deflected pass off the body of Bucs WR Sammie Stroughter.
BEST GUTS: Dick Jauron – Electing to go for it on 4th-and-inches at his own 35-yard line while in control of the game (17-7) early was a gutsy call. It showed faith in his offensive line and they responded allowing Trent Edwards to get two yards on a sneak. Of course the Bucs added on to the yardage with a ridiculous facemask penalty when Edwards helmet was ripped off at the end of the play.
BEST OPEN FIELD TACKLE: Terrence McGee – His wrap up on Bucs RB Earnest Graham in the flat was important. There was just one defender behind McGee further up the sideline on that swing pass. McGee’s tackle held the play to a three-yard gain.
BEST HUSTLE: Roscoe Parrish – The Bills speedy wideout sprinted 72 yards to run Bucs safety Sabby Piscitelli down from behind after a turnover on a fumble by Buffalo.
BEST STOP: Marcus Buggs, Donte Whitner – The two defenders stoned Derrick Ward for a one-yard loss on a 4th-and-1 at the Bills 43 forcing a turnover on downs in what at the time was a six-point game.
BEST REDEMPTION: Terrell Owens – After letting a potential long touchdown pass slip through his hands in the first half, Owens made good on his second opportunity pulling in a 43-yard touchdown catch from Trent Edwards to put the game on ice in the fourth quarter (30-14).
BEST OMNIPRESENCE: Keith Ellison – For the second straight game, Ellison was the team’s leading tackler. After his 15-tackle performance in Week 1, he came back with another 10 in Week 2. He also had a sack wiped out be penalty and a QB hit.
BEST STAMINA: Fred Jackson – On a day in which Jackson had 35 touches and rolled up 197 all-purpose yards, it was impressive to see him bolt 43 yards late in the fourth on his second to last carry of the game.
Tags: Brown's Best, Bryan Scott, Dick Jauron, Donte Whitner, Fred Jackson, Keith Ellison, Kyle Williams, Marcus Buggs, Roscoe Parrish, Terrell Owens, Terrence McGee
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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.
Tags: Aaron Schobel, Alex Van Pelt, Andy Levitre, Brown's Best, Bryan Scott, Fred Jackson, George Wilson, Keith Ellison, Kyle Williams, Leodis McKelvin, Marcus Stroud, Shawn Nelson, Trent Edwards
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It certainly wasn’t the way the Bills wanted to go out in 2008, but there were still some efforts that deserve some recognition.
BEST SECOND EFFORT: Fred Jackson – On more than one occasion Jackson broke loose from the pile for extra yardage, one of which converted a third down in the first quarter.
BEST RETURN: Spencer Johnson – The defensive lineman made a solid play with a 19-yard return on a squib kick to the Bills 40-yard line.
BEST SAVE YOUR BACON PLAY: Fred Jackson – His recovery of the muffed punt return by Leodis McKelvin prevented a touchdown as Jackson recovered it in the end zone forcing a touchback.
BEST PENETRATION: Bryan Scott – The strong safety got into the offensive backfield on a 2nd-and-9 at the Patriots 39, forcing Sammy Morris to change his run and allow Spencer Johnson to drop Morris for a two-yard loss.
BEST COURAGE: Trent Edwards – The quarterback took off running for a first down on 3rd-and-4 and dove head first to reach the first down marker with defenders closing in fast.
BEST THIRD DOWN STOP: Chris Kelsay/Kyle Williams – On a 3rd-and-7 at the Patriots 23 early in the third quarter, Kelsay and Williams swooped in on Matt Cassel with Williams getting credit for the full sack to force a punt.
BEST THIRD DOWN STOP PART II: Kawika Mitchell/Paul Posluszny – The two linebackers teamed up to stone LaMont Jordan for a one-yard loss on 3rd-and-1 at the Bills 24.
BEST ADJUSTMENT TO WIND: Josh Reed – His leap to snare a 16-yard pass over the middle from Edwards not only got them into New England territory, but set up a 4th-and-1.
BEST TACKLER: Ryan Denney – The defensive end led all players with 11 tackles including one for loss.
BEST DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE: Kyle Williams – The defensive tackle had six tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit.
BEST OFFENSIVE PERFORMANCE: Fred Jackson – It was hard to argue with a career high 136 rushing yards, especially after only getting seven carries in the second half.
BEST OVERLOOKED STAT: Third down efficiency – Buffalo’s offense was surprisingly efficient on third down converting 9-17 for a 53% conversion rate, one of their best of the season. The Patriots meanwhile went 2-10 (20%). Of course on fourth down the Pats were 2-2 and the Bills were 0-2.
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A nice week of contributions by a lot of different players.
BROWN’S BEST WEEK 16
BEST TACKLE FOR LOSS: Ryan Denney – He dropped Selvin Young for a three-yard loss on a 2nd-and-2 play to set up a 3rd-and-5.
BEST HEART: Marshawn Lynch – Buffalo’s feature back played as long as he could with a bum shoulder contributing a big touchdown at the end of the half that gave the Bills momentum for the final two quarters.
BEST BAILOUT: Rian Lindell – The Bills kicker made Buffalo’s first drive in the second half when it stalled at the Denver 30 as he put a 49-yard field goal through the uprights on a day when the ball resembled a frozen rock.
BEST HIT: Donte Whitner – His crack on Brandon Marshall separated the receiver from the football and the turnover led to a field goal.
BEST BALL AWARENESS: Reggie Corner – The rookie cornerback pounced on the loose ball off the Marshall fumble and tried to return it.
BEST BIG PLAY OFFENSE: Fred Jackson – His 65-yard catch and run helped lead to a go ahead touchdown as it set up first-and-goal at the Broncos three.
BEST BALL PLACEMENT: Trent Edwards – His touchdown pass to Steve Johnson’s back side shoulder was put only where his receiver could pull it in for a touchdown giving the Bills the lead (23-20).
BEST MONEY MAN: Josh Reed – His nine receptions were a personal best and his two consecutive catches for 16 and 11 yards that got Buffalo into the red zone on the game-winning point drive were huge.
BEST CUTBACK: Fred Jackson – His eight-yard touchdown run went against the grain as he found the end zone to put Buffalo up for good.
BEST PICK: Kawika Mitchell – His goal line INT thwarted the first attempt by Denver to tie the game.
BEST PLAY: Reggie Corner – His pass breakup on the 4th-and-5 play for Denver was huge as he knocked the ball out of Brandon Stokley’s hands in the end zone to preserve the win.
BEST TACKLER: Terrence McGee/Paul Posluszny/Bryan Scott – All three led the team with eight tackles each. There were plays made against the defense, but they play physical and got the stops they needed when they had to have them.
BEST TEAMS UNIT: All the special teams units were solid, but the kick return unit consistently provided solid field position throughout the game. Leodis McKelvin and Fred Jackson gave Buffalo’s offense drive starts at their 30-yard line or better on four of their six returns. The Bills lead the league in average drive start.
BEST COMING OUT PARTY: Reggie Corner – The rookie cornerback had four tackles, four pass breakups including the big one at the end and a fumble recovery.
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BROWN’S BEST Week 15
I know, I know, some of you think why bother. But truthfully there were a lot of positives in Sunday’s game that need to be recognized, particularly the play on special teams. Trust me I won’t be too long with this in light of the outcome.
BEST SIGN OF AGGRESSIVENESS: Keith Ellison – His 4th-and-5 run for a first down on the fake punt gave the team a spark as evidenced by the response of the offense, which put together a field goal drive.
BEST RUMBLE: Marshawn Lynch – The Bills feature back fought off tacklers for the better part of 20 yards on his 35-yard run down the far sideline on the first possession.
BEST HANDS: Marcus Stroud – The defensive tackle batted down a Brett Favre pass while defending Buffalo’s red zone.
BEST TACKLE FOR NO GAIN: Ryan Denney/Bryan Scott – The two defenders teamed up to stone Thomas Jones on a 1st-and-10 from the Jets’ 30.
BEST REACTION TIME: Paul Posluszny – Running at top speed to the football, Poz reacted instantly to the deflected ball that bounced off Leodis McKelvin’s arm to make the interception.
BEST SCRAMBLE: J.P. Losman – Buffalo’s backup QB, took advantage of the real estate in front of him and lunged just far enough to reach the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown.
BEST TOUCHDOWN SAVING TACKLE: Justin Jenkins – The special teams coverage specialist made a crucial tackle near midfield to keep Leon Washington from scoring more than one touchdown in the game.
BEST OFFENSIVE BOOST: Roscoe Parrish – The punt return ace eluded tacklers to bring a punt back 56 yards to the Jets’ 24-yard line giving the offense superior field position. It led to a touchdown and the lead.
BEST LASER: J.P. Losman – His quick slant throw to Steve Johnson was tight, but good.
BEST SHIELD: Steve Johnson – The rookie wideout kept the defensive back on his hip so he could protect the ball from the defender and make the play.
BEST THIRD DOWN CONVERTER: Josh Reed – He had two big third down conversions to move the sticks, one of which came on a touchdown drive.
BEST BAILOUT: Langston Walker – The right tackle pounced on J.P. Losman’s third quarter fumble to maintain possession in a tight four-point ball game.
BEST TACKLE FOR LOSS: Kawika Mitchell/Kyle Williams – The two run defenders dropped Jones for a one-yard loss on a 2nd-and-6 play near midfield.
BEST PRESSURE: Ryan Denney – He got close enough to Brett Favre to mess up his form on a 3rd-and-17 pass downfield that wound up being underthrown.
BEST REACTION TO THE BALL: Terrence McGee – The cornerback reacted better than Jerricho Cotchery as he stopped and came back to the underthrown ball for the interception.
BEST USE OF THE UPRIGHT: Rian Lindell – The kicker shtoinked his 48-yard attempt off the right upright, but it had enough momentum to carry through.
BEST THIRD DOWN STOP: Bryan Scott – The strong safety broke up a key 3rd-and-2 pass intended for Jets tight end Dustin Keller to force New York to settle for a field goal early in the fourth quarter.
BEST PIN ‘EM BACK PLAY: Brian Moorman/John Wendling – The pair teamed up to pin the Jets back at their own three-yard line midway through the fourth quarter.
BEST DEFENSIVE SERIES: 9:16 left fourth quarter – Buffalo’s defense sent the Jets three-and-out after three straight incompletions.
BEST WOULD-NOT-BE-DENIED PLAY: Fred Jackson and company – The Bills back kept churning his legs and his offensive linemen kept pushing him forward on the most determined 11-yard touchdown run of the season to give the Bills the lead.
BEST FOURTH DOWN STOP: Kyle Williams/Bryan Scott – The pair teamed up to stuff Thomas Jones on a 4th-and-2 at the Bills 25, holding him to no gain and giving the offense one last shot to win the game in the waning moments on a turnover on downs.
BEST REBOUND EFFORT: Offensive line – Buffalo’s men up front redeemed themselves against Kris Jenkins inside, effectively neutralizing him with a new blocking scheme as he was hardly the dominant force he was in the first matchup between the teams.
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I know there doesn’t appear to be a lot that went right for Buffalo in that painful loss to San Francisco, but the defense really had a good day all things considered and they dominate this week’s list.
BEST GOAL TO GO TACKLE: Ko Simpson – The Bills free safety dropped Frank Gore for a four-yard loss on 1st-and-goal from the Buffalo eight-yard line in the first quarter.
BEST THIRD DOWN STOP: Ryan Denney – Denney swooped in and sacked Shaun Hill on a 3rd-and-8 in the second quarter forcing the 49ers to punt.
BEST BURST: Marshawn Lynch – The tailback shot through the hole on the left side for a 50-yard run down to the San Francisco nine-yard line.
BEST BLOCKER: Jason Peters – Buffalo’s left tackle may have had his most consistent game of the season as he was moving 49er defenders out of the way with alarming regularity.
BEST CONVERSION: Derek Schouman – Facing a 3rd-and-14 situation at their own 28-yard line J.P. Losman found Schouman over the middle for a 17-yard completion and a first down.
BEST POUNCE: Derrick Dockery – The offensive fell on the ball at the San Francisco six-yard line after a fumble to maintain possession allowing the Bills two more cracks at the end zone.
BEST HIT: Ryan Denney – His second sack on Hill knocked the ball loose as he forced a fumble, but the 49ers recovered.
BEST SCOOP: Bryan Scott – The safety ran to the bouncing ball after Frank Gore coughed it up and scooped it up without breaking his stride.
BEST GET THE BALL BACK PLAY: Chris Kelsay – On a 3rd-and-12 at the 49er 45-yard line, Kelsay dropped Hill for an 11-yard loss with 2:26 remaining to give the offense another chance to tie the game.
BEST TACKLER: Chris Kelsay – The defensive co-captain finished the game with a team high seven tackles, a sack, two quarterback hits and a tackle for loss.
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Here’s the latest from a game that was unfortunately wrought with miscues. We try to find some of the hidden efforts that deserve some recognition.
BEST LEG: Rian Lindell – Everyone remembers the three field goals, but the two touchbacks on kickoffs were just as impressive. It went a long way in helping keep Ted Ginn under wraps on returns.
BEST ACCURACY: Trent Edwards – It wasn’t his best day, but his 1st-and-10 throw on the opening drive at the Dolphins 19 was put only where James Hardy could catch. Edwards hit him on his back side shoulder for a 14-yard pickup and a 1st-and-goal at the five.
BEST BLITZ PICKUP: Fred Jackson – The all-everything back picked up the blitzing linebacker in the hole on the above play as Miami sent six and it allowed Edwards just enough time to make a play.
BEST CONVERSION: Josh Reed – On a 3rd-and-3 at his own nine-yard line, Reed broke a pair of tackles and gained 10 yards for a first down. Unfortunately it was one of just four conversions the whole day.
BEST AD LIB: Brian Moorman – He may have looked like a kid in a pig scramble at the country fair, but Moorman’s ability to quickly run down the snap over his head and still have enough time to quick kick it away was a big play. It at least gave the defense a field to defend instead of handing the Dolphins two points and the ball.
BEST ROBBER: Paul Posluszny – The Bills middle linebacker reached in on a gang tackle of Ricky Williams and ripped the ball out for a fumble. Keith Ellison then jumped on it for the takeaway.
BEST PRESSURE: Ryan Denney – The defensive end got just enough heat on Chad Pennington on a 3rd-and-5 to force an incompletion on one of Miami’s two three-and-outs of the afternoon.
BEST OPEN FIELD TACKLE: Keith Ellison – His takedown of Ricky Williams after he made a catch on the flank was textbook. Ellison dropped him for a four-yard loss.
BEST DETECTIVE: Jabari Greer – The Bills cornerback sniffed out an end around by Miami and dropped Greg Camarillo in the backfield for a loss of five.
BEST REACH: Langston Walker – The big man batted down Dan Carpenter’s 46-yard field goal attempt to keep the Bills first half deficit to one.
BEST JUKE: Marshawn Lynch – On a 2nd-and-6 play Lynch made a reception in the flat and tore up field where he juked Miami LB Akin Ayodele out of his cleats and got a first down.
BEST RUN: Marshawn Lynch – His nifty cutback move on his eight-yard touchdown run left overpursuing Dolphin defenders grabbing at air.
BEST BACK TO BACK PLAYS: Bryan Scott/Copeland Bryan – On a 2nd-and-11 Scott sacked Chad Pennington for an eight-yard loss. On the next play Copeland Bryan batted down a Pennington pass attempt to force Miami to settle for a 43-yard field goal despite getting a big 64-yard gain on a Ted Ginn reception to start the drive.
BEST DEFENSIVE SERIES: Kelsay/Mitchell/Posluszny/Bryan – Some might argue with this one, but down 22-16 with 7:35 left in the game the defense did what it could to get the ball back. Chris Kelsay batted down a pass, Kawika Mitchell and Paul Posluszny each had a tackle for loss and Bryan stopped Ronnie Brown for a one-yard loss as well on 3rd-and-7, but the Dolphins had gained enough yardage on a short field to put another field goal on the board and make it a two-score game thanks in part to a personal foul penalty that accounted for more than a third of the yardage on the drive. I just felt in a last ditch effort they made some plays.
BEST COVERAGE: Bills kickoff unit – They had to cover three Ted Ginn kick returns and held him to a 12.3 yards per return average, about half of what is considered good in the NFL.
Tags: Brian Moorman, Brown's Best, Bryan Scott, Copeland Bryan, Fred Jackson, Jabari Greer, Josh Reed, Kawika Mitchell, Keith Ellison, Lanston Walker, Marshawn Lynch, Paul Posluszny, Rian Lindell, Ryan Denney, Trent Edwards
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This was a week of several stellar individual efforts. We run some of the less noticed ones in addition to the stand outs right here.
BEST VERSATILITY: Donte Whitner – He played free safety, slot corner, a touch of cornerback and strong safety all in one game. San Diego didn’t even test him deep in centerfield. There aren’t many strong safeties in the league that can do all that he did and not get roasted.
BEST EARLY CHEMISTRY: Trent Edwards-Lee Evans – The quarterback-receiver tandem had a good rhythm going on the opening drive as Edwards hit his top wideout three times on the team’s first five plays from scrimmage for three first downs and 43 yards in gains to set up an early field goal.
BEST SCARE: Kyle Williams – His impending hit on Philip Rivers was so alarming to the San Diego quarterback that he just dropped the ball.
BEST POUNCE: Marcus Stroud – Williams’ fellow defensive tackle made the quickest drop to the ground of any 300-plus pound man I’ve ever seen as he made the fumble recovery.
BEST BUMP: Marcus Stroud – Celebrating with George Wilson after his fumble recovery, Stroud engaged in a chest bump celebration with Wilson and knocked him flat on his back.
BEST DRIVE COMBO: Marshawn Lynch/ Fred Jackson – Buffalo’s two backs were the team’s first touchdown drive. Lynch had three carries for nine yards including a grinding five-yard run on a 3rd-and-4 to keep the drive alive and a five-yard reception, while Jackson had a 14-yard catch and then a three-yard inside run to set up 1st-and-goal at the Chargers two. The two accounted for 28 of the 38 yards on the scoring drive.
BEST DAVID TYREE IMPERSONATION: Lee Evans – His one-handed press the ball against the helmet and shoulder pad catch was remarkable.
BEST FEET: Lee Evans – As impressive as his catch was getting a total of three feet down along the sideline was even more eye-popping as his momentum was taking him over the sideline quickly.
BEST DECEPTION: Turk Schonert – On the touchdown pass to Lee Evans, Schonert lined up two tight ends on the left with a fullback and tailback in the offensive backfield. The Chargers expecting a run up the gut put 10 men in the box, leaving Evans one-on-one with Quentin Jammer. Surprise!
BEST RECEIVER BLOCK: Josh Reed – He smacked a defensive back hard on a five-yard reception by Fred Jackson.
BEST OPEN FIELD HIT: Donte Whitner – His shot on Malcolm Floyd kept a big play from happening as he brought the big receiver down after just a three-yard gain.
BEST COVERAGE: Bryan Scott – Matched up one-on-one with Antonio Gates on a 2nd-and-goal from the 12, Scott stayed on Gates’ hip and prevented a touchdown pass from being completed.
BEST REVERSE: Fred Jackson – Vincent Jackson’s reverse notwithstanding, the Bills had an answer. On a 2nd-and-2 play Fred Jackson somehow gained the corner despite some very, very good pursuit to gain six yards and a first down.
BEST BLOCK BY A LINEMEN: Jason Whittle – The reserve guard stepped in and took out two defenders with a sliding cut block on Marshawn Lynch’s nine-yard TD run.
BEST BLOCK BY A BACK: Fred Jackson – Leading for Lynch, Jackson lowered the boom on Quentin Jammer driving him five yards deep into the end zone allowing Lynch to coast to pay dirt.
BEST THIRD DOWN STOP: Kawika Mitchell – Out on the wide side of the field with Darren Sproles coming at him, Mitchell prevented the speedy back from getting the edge on a 3rd-and-1 from the Buffalo 41-yard line.
BEST ONE LEGGED EFFORT: Brian Moorman – Despite a cramping plant leg, Moorman still got off a 49-yard punt.
BEST SERIES: Kawika Mitchell – On the first play of San Diego’s fourth quarter drive to try and re-take the lead Kawika Mitchell batted down a pass attempt on first down. Four plays later Mitchell pressured Rivers to force an incompletion. Three plays after that Mitchell anticipated a pass to Gates in the end zone and made a leaping interception returning it 32 yards to the Bills 30-yard line.
BEST ACCURACY: Trent Edwards – While his day on the whole was stellar (25-30 passing) his throw to Josh Reed on a 2nd-and-5 from his own 36 with 5:40 remaining was put in a very tight window between two defenders for a 16-yard gain that got Buffalo to midfield. It was a big time throw. The drive ended with a field goal to put the Bills up by two scores.
BEST CLOSER: Kawika Mitchell – His sack and forced fumble with just over three minutes remaining killed any chance for San Diego to come back in the game.
BEST UNRECOGNIZED PERFORMANCE: Copeland Bryan – The defensive end pressured Rivers before he threw the interception to Mitchell and then following Mitchell’s sack and forced fumble recovered the loose ball to secure the victory.
BEST TACKLER: Jabari Greer/Paul Posluszny – Greer was instrumental in limiting yards after the catch with solid wrap-ups, while Posluszny was a force near the line of scrimmage including one tackle for loss. They finished atop the team tackle chart with eight and seven tackles respectively.
BEST BELL ANSWERER: Duke Preston – Preston stepped in for the injured Melvin Fowler and handled a Pro Bowl caliber defensive tackle as Jamal Williams was a virtual non-factor in the game. Honorable mention to Jason Whittle.
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