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Former Tide CB Levi Wallace has Bills locked in on AFC playoffs

Levi Wallace emerges from tunnel for 2019 game with Buffalo Bills
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Josh Allen has made improvements as a second-year quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, but it’s the defense that has the team at 9-3 this season.  

After missing the postseason in 2018, Buffalo is locked in on the AFC playoffs. The decision it made to sign Levi Wallace at cornerback was a huge move that’s paid off.

A former standout at the University of Alabama, he toiled as a walk-on for a long time – prior to becoming a starter at left corner in 2017.

During his lone season as a starter, Wallace earned the respect of both fans and critics as he led the team in pass breakups (15) and had three interceptions (one for a score). 

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The 6-foot, 183-pounder was a major contributor on a College Football Playoff National Championship team and now, he has become a leader for the Bills. On Thursday, Wallace assisted the franchise to its fifth win on the road. Buffalo earned a 26-15 victory over the Cowboys on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium.

Wallace recorded six tackles and one breakup, moving him to 61 total tackles and seven breakups (tied for third on team) for the season. 

He has six games with at least five stops and is on a defense that’s allowed just two 20-point games all year: both to the Miami Dolphins.

Defensively, the Bills are third in the NFL in points allowed (15.7 ppg), total yards allowed (288.6 ypg) and passing yards allowed (184.3 ypg). 

After handing Dallas its sixth loss, Buffalo has the fifth seed (first wildcard spot) in the AFC playoff picture. Should it win out, Wallace will be heading to postseason action.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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