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One Stat Recap: Leslie Frazier’s masterpiece

The Buffalo Bills’ defense checkmates the Ravens’ offense

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills’ regular season was all about Josh Allen, Stefon Diggs, and the rest of offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s bunch. That group rewrote the franchise’s record books, but it’s defensive coordinator/assistant head coach Leslie Frazier and the Bills’ defense that punched their ticket to the AFC Championship.

In a chess match against former Bills offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, Frazier was the clear winner. Roman’s offense had the 2019 NFL MVP in Lamar Jackson and scored 29.3 points per game in the regular season. As we all know, they came nowhere near that average. Even if Justin Tucker hit all his kicks, and if Taron Johnson hadn’t stepped in front of Jackson’s third-quarter, red zone pass and Mark Andrews made the catch for a touchdown, the Ravens would have only had 16 or 17 points going into the fourth quarter.

Thankfully, Tucker did miss those two kicks and Taron Johnson did pick Jackson off and take it all the way to the house, and the Ravens finished the game with 3 points. This is the fewest points any team has scored in the divisional round of the playoffs since 2009. It’s also only the 19th time a team has scored three or fewer points in the divisional round in NFL history. All of this is to say that Leslie Frazier coached one heck of a game. When he’s interviewing for head coaching gigs he should just pop in the game tape from Saturday night and lean back.