The Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills’ passing offense isn’t really a threat to the secondary of any other NFL team, but after missing key players on the offense and defense the Jaguars appeared out of contest with the Bills on a dark, soggy day at the Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Given the weather, it was plain that whichever team could run the ball best would win the game, since both quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buffalo Bills) and Chad Henne (Jacksonville Jaguars) struggled to zip the ball under difficult atmospheric conditions. And after the first drive of the second drive, the Buffalo Bills started to appear more clearly as the leading team, eventually routing the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 34-18 victory on Sunday.
Entering the second-half on a 17-10 lead, the Buffalo Bills gained 44 yards through their first five plays of the quarter, setting up Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 13-yeard pass for touchdown to wide receiver Stevie Johnson, and progressing their lead to 24-10. The key feature of the Buffalo Bills’ first nine plays included a 51-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to rookie wide receiver T.J. Graham, making his debut start due to Donald Jones’ injury.
The Jacksonville Jaguars decided to get on the scoreboard on an interception by Paul Posluszny which set up Josh Scobee for a 36-yard field goal with 11:47 minutes remaining in the half. There was a brief moment with 3:47 remaining in the second half when the Jacksonville Jaguars build a 10 point lead in the quarter with Buffalo Bills offense sputtering in the air, but the Bills quickly responded on the 1:56, when Ryan Fitzpatrick targeted Scott Chandler on the post for a total 14-10 lead. It progressed to 17-10 with 29-yard Rian Lindell field goal on the 0:31 mark in the half.
The Buffalo Bills’ dynamic running-back tandem of C.J. Spiller and veteran Fred Jackson emphasized on playing the safest route towards gaining yards on the ground.
Fred Jackson had his first 100-yard game in over 13 months, running 25 carries for 109 yards, while C.J. Spiller racked up 77 yards on 14 carries.
Following Buffalo Bills place kicker Rian Lindell’s 52-yard field-goal on the 4:52 mark in the third quarter, C.J. Spiller crushed all hopes of a Jacksonville Jaguars comeback, ripping 44 yards on the left end of the ground, giving the Bills a solid 34-10 lead with 13:29 minutes remaining in the game.
The 2-10 Jacksonville Jaguars already boast arguably one of the worst offenses in the league. And after losing both, quarterback Blaine Gabbert to season-ending shoulder injury and all-pro running back Maurice Jones-Drew due to an ankle injury, the Jacksonville Jaguars never had a chance at catching-up to the Buffalo Bills passing offense.
Maurice Jones-Drew’s replacement fourth-year running back Rashard Jennings was pulled out of the game in the second-quarter after taking a head injury, building pressure on Montell Owens to sustain the Jacksonville Jaguars passing game. But he generated just 29 yards halfway through the fourth quarter.
Hence, under a second-string quarterback Chad Henne, and third-string running back Montell Ownes, the Jacksonville Jaguars were no match for the Buffalo Bills defense.
The Jacksonville Jaguars scored an easy touchdown with Chad Henne’s five yard pass to wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, and a two-point conversion run by Montell Owens in the fourth quarter so that they were trailing the Buffalo Bills by just 16 points following a botched punt at the Bills’ five-yard line. But that was pretty much the end of Jacksonville Jaguars offense’s chronicles.