The popcorn was ready, but so was Darrelle Revis. The New York Jets’ Pro Bowl cornerback stifled Terrell Owens for the second time this season, but as he said, that’s his job.
The popcorn was ready, but so was Darrelle Revis.
The New York Jets’ Pro Bowl cornerback stifled Terrell Owens for the second time this season, but as he said, that’s his job.
“It was just straight competition,” Revis said.
Revis held the Bills’ receiver to three catches for 31 yards Thursday night, and six catches for a mere 44 yards in two games this season.
“He’s established himself as one of the best in the league at that position,” Owens said.
All in all, it added up to another frustrating game for the Buffalo offense, managing only 194 yards of offense in a 19-13 loss Thursday night at the Rogers Centre.
“There were opportunities we missed, as a unit,” Owens said. “Again, it’s been our Achilles heel, getting in those third and short or third and long situations and we’re not converting.”
It wasn’t just Owens that Revis bottled up either. Several times he moved over to cover the Bills’ other receiving threat, Lee Evans.
“Some game plans we tried this week was to try to switch it up on those guys,” said Revis. “It’s crazy when you have to study Terrell Owens and Lee Evans for the whole week.”
Evans had only one catch – a 38-yard grab on the Bills’ first possession of the game that set up a 49-yard field goal – but the Jets’ other Pro Bowl cover man, Lito Sheppard, drew the assignment on that play.
The 14th overall pick of the 2007 draft from the University of Pittsburgh, Revis has quickly made himself into an elite NFL cornerback. This season alone, Revis has smothered many of the league’s best receivers.
Houston’s Andre Johnson (four catches, 35 yards), New Orleans’ Marques Colston (two catches, 33 yards), Carolina’s Steve Smith (one catch, five yards), and New England’s Randy Moss (combined nine catches for 58 yards in two games) have all been shut down by Revis this season.
“I knew those guys were going to get some balls that come to them and I just tried to keep their catches to a minimum,” Revis said.
He also has yet to allow a touchdown this season. In only his third season, Revis is making a push to go from Pro Bowl cornerback to first-team All-Pro.
Revis grabbed his fifth interception of the season just before the two-minute warning to seal the win, matching his total from last season with four games still left to play.
“It was a big interception,” said Jets’ safety Kerry Rhodes, “but he should’ve had one earlier that he dropped and we gave him grief about it, but no, he did a great job.
“It’s just he’s doing what he does every weekend. He plays the No. 1 receiver (well) and that’s what he does.”
Despite Revis’ reputation, the Bills did not shy away from challenging him.
“There were times we tried to take some shots down field where he was real soft,” said Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. “But even the last interception, we had a little pump route on him and that’s one of those deals where I’m going to throw it up and give our guys the chance to make a play.”