OL Ravens explain how Bills Mafia affected their game
Anyone who watched the AFC Divisional Round game last night between the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens has heard the Bills Mafia on television.
In the Bills’ second game with fans at Bills Stadium this season, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth both said the 6,700 fans in attendance looked more like 67,000 throughout the game. A few Ravens offensive linemen agreed with that assessment and spoke about how the Bills fan base affected their play on Saturday night.
According to center Patrick Mekari, the fan base forced the Ravens to use a silent tally mid-game.
“To the Bills fans’ credit, they got loud at times and it got to a point that it was hard for us to hear the cadence. We had to switch to the silent tally mid-game, ”Mekari told media on Sunday. “It’s just something that I have to train more and feel more. Of course, I take full responsibility and I will fix it.
Mekari had a few bad shots in the game, and the silent tally Bills fans forced to use in Baltimore rattled his mechanics.
“Their fans got loud, especially when we entered the red zone or when we were supported,” Mekari added. “They got loud and we heard them. It’s an adjustment we had to make and I had to be better with the adjustment.
Mekari wasn’t the only offensive lineman to recognize Bills Mafia’s role in Buffalo’s 17-3 victory. Bradley Bozeman said despite playing guard he couldn’t hear the count as it looked like Bills Stadium was at full capacity.
“The crowd looked like it was at full capacity,” Bozeman said Sunday. “I couldn’t hear the snap count, I couldn’t really hear anything. Even at guard, I had a hard time hearing the instant count, ”Bozeman said. “Lamar was trying to be loud. It was as strong as maximum capacity in my opinion. The Bills Mafia, I guess they got together and applauded each other last night.
Unfortunately for Buffalo, the Bills mafia won’t be able to help the team in the AFC Championship game. Buffalo will travel to Arrowhead Stadium next weekend to take on the AFC’s No.1 seed, the Kansas City Chiefs.
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