NFL players are also NFL fans.
Monday night, some of the Bills were glued to the wild Monday Night shootout between the Chiefs and the Rams.
Jordan Poyer said he stayed up to see the finish. That’s no small feat considering the Bills had a full day of work on Tuesday (their normal day off) so players could be off Thursday and spend Thanksgiving with families.
“It was a fun game to watch,” Poyer said. “A lot of things to learn from it.”
Leslie Frazier seemed to enjoy it just a bit less. The Bills defensive coordinator did not watch the game, but did take a question from a reporter about it open his weekly meeting with the media. Frazier wasn’t sure if that was an “official” press conference question and laughed as he took a moment to compose himself. “I better think this through a little bit.”
He understands that better offense usually means better ratings and that NFL fans are eating 54-51 games up. However, Frazier is still a defensive guy through and through.
“I’m happy with a 10-9 win, a 13-12 win. That would please my heart,” Frazier said. “I still want us to pitch shutouts and keep points down, but it’s good for the league, for sure.”
Poyer was texting with Micah Hyde Monday night about how much he enjoyed the game and how much he was glad not to play in it.
“If that was us, I’d be sick,” Poyer said. “Even if we won the game, I’d be sick coming in here as a defensive player having to watch the tape.”
Even in a game with 105 points, the one player Poyer praised by name was still from his side of the ball: Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald. “He’s something to reckoned with. He wrecked the whole game plan. I’ve never seen a player like him.”
Though the reverence is well deserved, it’s obviously exaggerated. If Donald had wrecked the “whole game plan”, the Chiefs would not have become the first NFL loser to score 51 points.
Most of the wrecking was done by the offenses. Poyer is one of the rare men in the world who can appropriately appreciate both the thrill and the agony caused by Pat Mahomes, Jared Goff and their point scoring brethren.
“Us as spectators, people as fans love watching that game,” Poyer said. “When you’re kinda sitting back and watching the defense and seeing how things are breaking down, those are tough ones to bite.”