Buffalo Bills (3-3-0) vs Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5-0)
October 22nd, 2015
Kickoff: 9:30 EST
Outlook: The Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars are playing this one in London, England and both teams need a win badly. The Bills are coming off their 3rd straight home loss and the Jags last win was back in week 2. Last Sunday in Orchard Park LeSean McCoy returned from a hamstring injury and ran wild over the Bengals during Buffalo’s opening drive. However that was the only real positive anyone took out of the loss as the Bills offense, led by EJ Manuel looked inept the rest of the way. Equally discouraging was Buffalo’s defense, as Andy Dalton and the Cincy offense had little trouble moving the football and scoring points. The Bills were undisciplined once again committing 8 penalties for 93 yards.
Manuel will make his 2nd consecutive start while Tyrod Taylor continues to work through a knee injury suffered against the Tennessee Titans in week 5. Also out for Buffalo are wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin. Offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson, John Miller and defensive tackle Kyle Williams will also be out of action vs the Jaguars.
Jacksonville is 1-5, losers of 4 straight. Offensively they are averaging 18 points a game. Blake Bortles is in his 2nd season under center for Jacksonville. He is ranked 7th in passing yards (1630), 5th in TD passes (13) but is only completing 57% of his passes. TJ Yeldon is the featured back and he nor any Jags for that matter have scored a rushing TD. Jacksonville has been playing from behind much of the season. They are a -6 in the turnover ratio.
Gus Bradley is in his 3rd season as Head Coach of the Jaguars but most Bills fans will be thinking more about his assistant head coach Doug Marrone. After last season Marrone left Buffalo unceremoniously after a tumultuous two seasons as the Bills head coach.
The Jags have two speedy, capable wide receivers in Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. Additionally, TE Julius Thomas (acquired last off-season) has returned from injury and scored a TD last Sunday. On defense Jacksonville is spending far too much time on the field, averaging close to 33 minutes a game. The good news for the Jaguars is they play in the AFC South and despite 4 losses already, they are just 2 games out of 1st place in the division.
The Jags haven’t had a special teams or defensive score so far this year. With all the injuries to Buffalo’s skilled positions and lineman they just might be worth a play this week.
Mario Williams says the pass rush is coming Sunday. Despite the pitiful performance against the Patriots, Giants and Bengals they should be back to playing as well as they did last season now that Rex Ryan has admitted to over coaching his defense.
McCoy should have another good day as well, the Jags have given up 10 rushing TD’s through 6.
Wolf’s Keys to the Game
- I can’t believe at this level you need to remind Pro’s to play disciplined.
- Ground and Pound
- 3rd Down Conversions, Jags D is leagues worst on 3rd down.
- Bortles Needs to get rid of the ball quickly
- Throw to Julius Thomas often
- Protect the football