"Because the last time I did, we didn't play very well," Nelson said to laughter all around his corner of our MetLife Stadium locker room following the 24-13 victory over the Browns. "We played Buffalo about five weeks ago and I made a big deal about it. I played a little outside of myself, I tried too hard and tried to make too many things happen. I feel like I didn't play very well and our team didn't play very well, and so this week I tried to play it off like it was nothing."
Et voilà. Nelson was one of a host of offensive stars who pulled the offense up by its proverbial bootstraps midway through the second quarter and got the Green & White moving toward its win.
"It's crazy because we've been practicing those two plays the past six weeks," he said. "What you saw today was the product of six weeks' work. Those are timing routes. Geno's got to trust that I'm going to be in the right place at the right time. I think you saw that he put it right on the money, right where it needed to be, and I was in the right spot at the right time."
Nelson had just two other receptions for a 33-yard game — WR
Our 12 third-down conversions (in 18 attempts) was our most in a game since the 2000 opener at Green Bay and is one shy of the 13 conversions in the 1998 regular-season finale vs. New England that is our most in a game since 1970.
Calvin Joins the Club
How will he be celebrating his first time in double digits?
"We've got Christmas coming up, so I can't wait to open up presents with the kids. That's how I'm going to celebrate," Pace said. "This year has been great playing with these guys. I really couldn't have done it without them. It's a lot of them and just a little bit of me.
"My job is easy and it's fun when I'm playing with three other great players on the defensive line. I give them a lot of credit, I do, and Rex [Ryan] for believing in an older guy who most people said his best years were behind him."
Pace accepted the razzberries and the congratulations from all around the defense. MLB
When it was all said and done, our red zone defense had another strong game, allowing one touchdown (Edwin Baker's 5-yard run in the second quarter) on four visits inside our 20 by the Browns defense. We have now allowed three TDs in our last 18 opponent drives. ... This is the first time we've beaten Jason Campbell as an NFL starting QB. He had wins leading Washington in 2007 and Oakland in '11.