The Buffalo Bills passing offense has ascended into one of the best in the NFL. After being ranked in the bottom half in the league in passing yards seemingly year in and year out, the Bills now rank third. From Stefon Diggs to Cole Beasley the Bills offense is loaded with dynamic pass catchers. However, there is one player in particular who could be the key to a Buffalo Bills playoff victory. This week’s Thursday Thought: John Brown is the key against the Colts.
Diggs is the obvious player that defenses need to account for on every single play. Leading the NFL in receptions (127) and yards (1,535), he has been unstoppable at times this season. However, against the Colts, Diggs will likely see a lot of his former teammate from the Vikings Xavier Rhodes. Despite his age (30 years-old) Rhodes has had a fantastic season. He appears to have had a career resurgence, playing like a shutdown cornerback.
Despite, the Colts defense being considered to be a top unit in the NFL, they have one weakness that can and should be exposed by the Bills. The Colts defense is just 20th in pass defense has allowed amongst the most reception in the NFL of 20+ yards. Meaning there are big plays in the passing game to be had against the Colts.
This is where John Brown comes into play. Not only is John Brown the No.2 or No.3 receiver in the offense, but Brown is a big-play specialist down the field. In his career, Brown has averaged 14.8 yards per reception. This is due to his blazing 40 yards dash time of 4.34 seconds.
Despite only playing in nine games this season due to injury, Brown is still having a good season statistically. He’s averaging 50.9 yards per game, the third-highest average in his career. The other two seasons that were better were Browns only two 1,000 yard seasons.
Even though Brown has been injured throughout the season, when healthy, he has proven that he is very productive. He still has strong chemistry with Josh Allen. Despite missing five straight games due to injury, in the season finally Brown played well catching four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. Impressive considering the week before Brown couldn’t be at the team facility due to being on the Covid List.
On top of all that, Colts starting cornerback Rock Ya-Sin has been officially ruled out of Saturday’s game with a concussion. This means that veteran T.J. Carrie will be in charge of covering Brown. Carrie was reasonably fast entering the league in 2014 running a 4.45 40-yard dash at his pro day.
However, Carrie is now 30-years old and is not a speedy as he once was.
With Brown and Allen’s tremendous chemistry paired with a backup cornerback having to cover him, Brown is an intriguing matchup for Buffalo. Toss in the fact the Brown is a big-play receiver and the Colts give up big passing plays more than most teams, and this matchup makes even more sense.
What do you think? Is John Brown the key to a Bills win on Saturday? Or is there someone else you have in mind? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments section below!