Patriots CB Aqib Talib vs. Bills WR Stevie Johnson
Trash talk keeps the NFL entertaining, and Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson infused some entertainment into the hype for the Bills' Week 1 game against the Patriots.
"I don't think they got nobody that can stop me," Johnson said Monday, according to The Buffalo News. "For real."
Never mind the fact that he hasn't studied much film of the Patriots yet – he thinks safety Patrick Chung is still a member of the Patriots secondary – Johnson has made plays against better cornerbacks than anyone the Patriots currently have on their roster.
Johnson has gotten used to burning the Patriots defense, logging 20 receptions for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his past four meetings with the Patriots, but he has never faced Talib, who made his Patriots debut the week after the second Patriots-Bills game.
Talib matches up well with Johnson in terms of size – the receiver is an inch taller and two pounds heavier than the cornerback – but perhaps the biggest factor in this matchup is the quarterback. Whether it's rookie first-rounder EJ Manuel or undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel throwing the ball, the Bills will be rolling with an unproven quarterback.