By Tim Graham
Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis knew Miami Dolphins linebacker Jelani Jenkins was screaming towards him on a blitz.
But it was a third-and-11 situation late in the third quarter, and the Bills were down by four points.
"I actually saw the guy coming," Lewis said. "But in that instance it's third down. You need a first down."
Jenkins delivered a blast that sent Lewis' helmet rolling yards away on the grass. The ball, however, had been thrown.
Stevie Johnson caught Lewis' pass for a crucial 17-yard pickup. That plus the 15-yard roughing penalty on Jenkins provided Buffalo's longest gain and put the Bills in field-goal range.
"It's up to me to make that play, to complete that throw," Lewis said today at One Bills Drive. "We got on football gear. I can take a hit. ... That's what you have to do. You have to be tough, playing the quarterback position.
"I know the game is fast, I know the limited time I have, and I know I'm going to take shots. That's what you have to do, and the guys appreciate somebody that's back there, willing to do that for the team."
In the second quarter, Lewis didn't back down from a blitz and completed a 30-yard strike to T.J. Graham on a third-and-17 play to extend a field-goal drive.
Lewis must keep his head on a swivel again Sunday versus the New Orleans Saints. They rank third in sacks per pass play. Only four teams have held opposing quarterbacks to a lower passer rating.
"Sometimes they bring more than you can" pick up, Lewis said. "Sometimes you have to hang in there and take that shot.
"For the most part, it's just more studying and knowing where they guy's coming from this week to try to limit the hits. You don't want to get hit all the time. But when you have to, sometimes you have to do it."
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