The Bills defense has been a formidable force to start the season, particularly in the second half across the first four games where they have allowed just 7 points total. It was more noticeable than ever Sunday in Baltimore as the Bills, after going down 20-3, did not allow a scoring drive after the 7:40 mark in the second quarter.
The Ravens' final 5 drives:
The biggest sequence of the game came on Baltimore's final possession as it got to the Buffalo 1-yard line with just over six minutes to play. On second and goal from the 1, the Bills proceeded to make three consecutive stops and safety Jordan Poyer turned a would-be Ravens TD into a Bills INT as he came ranging over in the end zone to make the pick on fourth and goal.
Frazier said that interception wouldn't have been possible had it not been for a 3-yard tackle for a loss by LB Matt Milano on second down against JK Dobbins — who had already scored twice — that knocked the Ravens back to the 4-yard line and third and goal.
"They got in their goal line offense and Milano shoots through and gets a tackle for a loss. That set us up for third down and that entire sequence, man just to see our guys take it one play at a time and continue to make plays, it speaks to the character of our players," Frazier said.
The Bills DC praised Milano for his preparedness going into the game as the linebacker made a career-high 13 total tackles.
"Milano had an outstanding game, he was all over the place. There were a couple of times when it was he and Lamar Jackson one-on-one. He made great open field tackles," Frazier said.
The Bills have now beaten Jackson and the Ravens in their last two meetings, both times limiting Jackson's impact in the second half of games. Frazier shared that while there's no "secret sauce" to defending the Ravens' dynamic QB, he's reluctant to share why the Bills have been as successful as they have.
"There are some people that will reach out and want to talk through things, but we're not giving out anything," Frazier laughed.
Shakir steps up
With injuries to slot wide receivers Jamison Crowder (ankle) and Isaiah McKenzie (concussion), rookie wideout Khalil Shakir could be in line for an expanded role this week against Pittsburgh. Crowder is expected to be placed on IR this week with a broken ankle while McKenzie will go through concussion protocol.
Offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey said that he will game plan like he normally does but has confidence in Shakir if he needed to step into a bigger role.
"I think he's constantly gotten better and really done a good job of working. And even when he's not been up and active on game day, he's kept a great attitude, kept a focus and locked in," Dorsey said.
Shakir played a larger role in the second half in Baltimore, hauling in his first two NFL targets for 23 yards — both coming in the fourth quarter as Buffalo erased its deficit.
"I think Josh has a lot of faith in him, and I think he'll be able to step in and do a lot of good things for us," Dorsey said.
The health of the Bills' WR group will be something to monitor going forward with Jake Kumerow out with a high-ankle sprain and Gabe Davis still battling an ankle injury an ankle injury of his own.
Singletary leads the way
Devin Singletary saw 88% of the Bills' offensive snaps in Week 4 as the team continues to rely on the fourth-year RB. In Weeks 1-2, Singletary saw 68 combined snaps; that total has nearly doubled (122) in Weeks 3-4.
Dorsey explained Monday that the team has leaned on Singletary for a number of reasons.
"Devin does a great job just one, overall, for everything that he does for us as a receiver out of the backfield and as a blocker and as a runner," Dorsey said.
Singletary's experience showed late in the fourth quarter as he picked up a huge first down on the first play out of the two-minute warning, gaining 16 yards on a screen pass from Josh Allen to get to the Ravens' 11-yard line. He then, smartly, didn't go in for a touchdown on the next play, going down at the 3-yard line to help set up Bass' game-winner.
Check out the Bills celebration photos from the sideline and locker room following the 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens.