Gaines: 'It's a headache' going against Brady

November 28, 2017
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It has been quite the season Buffalo Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines. The fourth-year veteran came to Buffalo this preseason as part of a trade that saw wide receiver Sammy Watkins go to the Los Angeles Rams. Since the trade, Gaines has become a vital part of the Bills' secondary.

While Gaines has been banged up with groin and hamstring injuries this season, he has made the most out of the seven games he has played. In those seven games, Gaines has registered 41 total tackles, defended six passes, forced two fumbles and has one interception.

This week may be Gaines' toughest test to date as the Bills welcome Tom Brady and the New England Patriots to New Era Field on Sunday.

In one career matchup against the Patriots, Gaines registered three tackles in a 26-10 loss as a member of the Rams. Even though Gaines has not faced Brady much in his young career, he knows the accolades and what Brady has done throughout his stellar career.

"He's pretty much everything that you hear about and watch on TV," Gaines said with Howard Simon and Jeremy White on WGR Tuesday morning. "He's a great competitor, he knows the game inside and out, and he knows what you're going to do before you do it. Everything you hear about is definitely true.

"It's a headache going against him, but really the main thing is just sticky coverage going against his receivers. The placement of the ball is something you're not going to be able to get. You have to be sticky on your man and sticky in coverage to make sure you can give those guys up front a chance."

After three straight weeks of getting gashed on defense, the Bills rebounded this past Sunday with a big 16-10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Bills defense only gave up 236 yards of total offense, and limited the Chiefs' run game to just 55-yards.

The game plan this past week was to keep Alex Smith and the Chiefs' offense in check, and Gaines was part of the group that needed to limit weapons like wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce.

"We were really just trying to stop the explosive plays," Gaines said. "That's really what [Hill] has made his career off of in the league so far. Limit that, and I think we limited the offense as a whole. We got after the quarterback with the dogs up front, and that's something that we need every week."

With the win, the Bills are still in the thick of things in the AFC playoff picture. They currently sit at 6-5 and tied for the final wild card spot with the Baltimore Ravens. With the season starting to wind down, the attention surrounding the Bills will begin to swelter with the 17-year playoff drought looming. Gaines is doing all he can to avoid "scoreboard watching" as the season continues, but it certainly won't be easy.

"I'm more just worried about my own stuff, but around the locker room you hear stuff and you can't help it. It's the competitor in you wanting to know how other guys are doing and what you need to do next. We're just focused on New England and trying to get a win this week."

As for this week's game against the Patriots, Gaines knows that many around the football world are probably looking at the Bills being considerable underdogs against the AFC's top team. However, no one on the Bills are really focused on who's picking them to win or lose this week.

"It really wouldn't matter to us," Gaines said. "I think that was something that coach [Sean] McDermott was letting us know that everyone, except for those in our locker room, were going against us [against the Chiefs]. I think that it's something that he brought to us to to let us know that no body had us for last week, and probably this week as well. But it's not something that really matters to us."

You can hear Gaines' entire interview with Howard and Jeremy below: