Inside The Bills

Brown’s Best Week 15

Posted by Chris Brown on December 15, 2008 – 8:59 pm


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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