Brown and Johnson tip caps, share Twitter exchange


On Sunday, two of the best at their position matched up to provide Bears-Eagles fans with a fun battle to watch.

The league's leading receiver, A.J. Brown, matched up with one of the game's best cornerbacks, Jaylon Johnson.

"He's a great corner," Brown said after the game. "I hope he's okay. I know he got a little banged up. I got a lot of respect for him. He was just taking away the inside leverage."

Brown, the fifth-leading receiver in yards and third in touchdowns, was constantly defended by either Johnson on the outside, or rookie Kyler Gordon on the inside slot. 

The veteran receiver came away with a win on the day, catching nine footballs for 181 yards, including a 68-yard pass he bested Johnson for to take near the goal line. 

Nevertheless, Johnson made Brown's job difficult on Sunday. He helped the defense create three turnovers – making it only the second game this season the Eagles turned the ball over three or more times. 

The two shared a brief Twitter exchange on Monday, showing respect to the other for fighting hard and putting on a show during Sunday's game. 

Johnson left Sunday's game late after suffering a rib injury. Before his absence, he recorded six tackles and a season, game-high three pass breakups. 

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It's no easy task going up against one of the league's best, but Johnson and the Bears' defense provided their best effort, leaving him scoreless for the Eagles. 

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