“What was proven Sunday is Buffalo now has a difference-maker on defense to make life hard for (Patrick) Mahomes…With (Von) Miller, Buffalo’s got to be the favorite to get to that elusive fifth Super Bowl.” – Peter King on Von Miller’s impact on the Bills
“Games like this one, this is why I came here.” – Bills LB Von Miller to King after Buffalo’s 24-20 win over Kansas City
“I think the best three teams in football, in order, are Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Kansas City.” – King
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 17, 2022 – Peter King speaks with Bills QB Josh Allen, Bills LB Von Miller, and Bills head coach Sean McDermott following the team’s victory over the Chiefs in this week’s edition of Football Morning in America, available now exclusively on NBCSports.com. King also discusses the Jets’ and the Giants’ strong starts, the Packers’ struggles, Bailey Zappe and the Patriots’ win over the Browns, and more.
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The following are highlights from this week’s edition of Football Morning in America:
Bills LB Von Miller to King after Buffalo’s win over Kansas City: “Games like this one, this is why I came here.”
Bills QB Josh Allen to King on his game-winning touchdown pass: “I just knew I had to get the ball up a little higher. Those are the ones where, I mean, it’s like, millimeters of distance of space that you have when you release the ball.”
Allen to King: “I trusted the throw. I saw how close it was to the DB. Dawson (Knox) made a hell of a catch. Sometimes you get lucky.”
QB tutor Jordan Palmer to King on Allen and Mahomes: “This is Josh and Pat’s league. They are established, bonafide superstars in the league, and neither is 28 yet. They’re becoming a rivalry like (Tom) Brady and (Peyton) Manning was.”
King on the Bills: “What was proven Sunday is Buffalo now has a difference-maker on defense to make life hard for (Patrick) Mahomes…With Miller, Buffalo’s got to be the favorite to get to that elusive fifth Super Bowl.”
Bills head coach Sean McDermott to King on signing Von Miller this offseason: “We felt like we needed a player, a marquee player, to help us a little bit there for games like this. Blitzing Patrick Mahomes, that’s been well-publicized is not very effective. So you gotta be able to win with your front four.”
Miller to King on leaving the Rams for the Bills: “So tough leaving L.A. I could’ve just rushed with Aaron Donald and Greg Gaines and rode off into the sunset. But to come here and have success and win the way we are and have this type of impact on a group of young guys, this is what it’s about.”
Miller to King on his homesickness in Buffalo this summer: “Bills Mafia started to make me feel at home when I was battling all that homesickness. I said something in the media about how we were staying in a dorm in training camp, and the toilet paper was not that great. And Bills Mafia sent me tons and tons and tons of toilet paper. Wipes too! So that made me feel good.”
King on Bills LB Matt Milano: “I think Buffalo linebacker Matt Milano is the best player who gets the least credit in the NFL.”
King on the best teams in the NFL: “I think the best three teams in football, in order, are Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Kansas City.”
King on the Packers’ struggles: “What odds could you have gotten from a wise guy back in the summer if you wanted to bet the Pack would lose to the Giants and Jets in succession in October? And not only lose, but be certainly outplayed, particularly in Sunday’s 27-10 loss to the Jets at Lambeau Field…The Packers aren’t able with a young receiver corps to rely on anything offensively.”
King on the 49ers: “The Niners might be really good, but how can we find out if they’ve got 11 of their starters on IR and four other stalwart starters (including groin-addled Nick Bosa) sidelined with lesser injuries?”
KING’S WEEK 6 AWARDS
Offensive Players of the Week: Bailey Zappe, New England, Matt Ryan, Indianapolis, & Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati
King on Zappe: “Another start, another win for the fourth-round rookie from Western Kentucky…The 23-year-old from Victoria, Texas, just might be threatening Mac Jones’ hold on the starting job.”
Defensive Players of the Week: Sauce Gardner, New York Jets, Kayvon Thibodeaux, New York Giants, & Von Miller, Buffalo
King on Gardner and the Jets’ win over the Packers: “What a win for the entire Jets organization, and what a statement game for the rookie cornerback. Even with his game-opening pick six of Aaron Rodgers reversed, his elite ballhawk capabilities were on full display.”
King on Miller: “He’s the powerhouse of a Bills defense laser-focused on the Super Bowl.”
Coaches of the Week: Arthur Smith, Atlanta, & Robert Saleh, New York Jets
King on Smith: “The Falcons held the 49ers scoreless in the second half and Marcus Mariota, Smith’s prize QB pupil, was the picture of efficiency, going 13-of-14 for 129 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. With $77 million in dead cap money, Smith is finding creative ways to win games.”
King on Saleh: “In his second season with the big job, Saleh has found a way to build a strong defense and to empower the offense to play his style, which will always include a strong run game.”
Special Teams Players of the Week: Will Parks, New York Jets, Ryan Wright, Minnesota, & Quinnen Williams, New York Jets
Goat of the Week: Lamar Jackson, Baltimore
King on Jackson’s performance in the Ravens’ loss to the Giants: “Lamar Jackson has shown himself to be more than capable of making magic this season. But in week six he showed himself capable of making truly terrible decisions…a costly error from Jackson that the Ravens can’t afford, even in a middling AFC North.”
NEWS & NOTES
King on the future of Rams RB Cam Akers: “I think it looks bad for the future of running back Cam Akers with the Rams…In 25 games with the Rams, Akers has had two 100-yard games. He’s wilted under hard coaching.”
King on the trade rumors surrounding Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey: “If I’m Carolina GM Scott Fitterer, I wouldn’t be just listening to offers for Christian McCaffrey. I’d be trying aggressively to move him…Question is: Will a team give a second-round pick for him? Not sure I would, unless I had a mega-need and was a strong playoff contender.”
King on Tom Brady getting fined for kicking Falcons DE Grady Jarrett last week: “I think that was unbecoming of Tom Brady, and that’s putting it mildly, to try to kick Jarrett after the perfectly legal sack. Brady deserved the NFL fine.”
King on Commanders owner Daniel Snyder: “If (former U.S. attorney Mary Jo White’s) report has teeth about personal misconduct from Snyder, that could finally be the smoking gun to force the league to confront the Snyder headache head-on.”
King on how the NFL will pay the legal bills for the Rams’ move from St. Louis to Los Angeles: “I heard that the NFL may consider making the two teams that moved near the same time as the Rams—the Chargers and Raiders—pay more than the other 29 teams in the league.”
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