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Stevie Johnson: No Patriot can cover me, not even Pat Chung

By Tim Graham

Stevie Johnson declared himself uncoverable in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

"I don't think they got nobody that can stop me," Johnson said this afternoon at One Bills Drive. "For real."

Johnson's never at a loss for confidence. He has been successful against NFL's best cornerbacks, particularly Darrelle Revis.

Johnson and his fellow Bills receivers will face a talented group of cornerbacks in Aqib Talib, Alfonso Dennard and Kyle Arrington.

"They're athletic," Johnson said. "I give a lot of credit to the New England Patriots. I haven’t played against Aqib Talib yet. I've checked him out on tape, long, athletic, try to play with vision. They play as one unit."

But then Johnson revealed his knowledge of the Patriots' secondary probably isn't as comprehensive as it should be.

"I got a lot of respect for Chung," Johnson said. "I know him personally."

Safety Pat Chung left the Patriots as a free agent. He's now with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Even so, nobody apparently concerns Johnson.

"I still think we can take advantage of their defense," Johnson said. "Their linebackers are downhill. They're aggressive.

"It's going to be a test, going to be a challenge. But I'll still ride with my boys over their guys."

Johnson added: "I think we got guys in the receiver room that's as good as I am, if not better. I just got that confidence in my teammates and in myself."

In seven career games against the Patriots, Johnson has 29 receptions for 382 yards and three touchdowns.

The Bills have beaten the Patriots twice in their past 24 games. Still, Johnson is supremely confident in their chances Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

"We've got to smother their offense," Johnson said, "and on offense, we've got to be efficient. We've got to get first downs and score when we can.

"We know the story with these Patriots. We've just got to stay on top of them."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski

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