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What to watch for: Bills at Jaguars

Posted Dec 11, 2013

Buffalo visits Jacksonville on Sunday, Dec. 15 for a matchup with the Jaguars.


BUFFALO TRAVELS TO JACKSONVILLE
The Buffalo Bills will make their second consecutive road trip to Florida in Week 15 with a 1:00 p.m. match-up at the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Sunday’s game will mark the 12th regular season meeting between Buffalo and Jacksonville, with the Bills holding a 6-5 advantage in the series.

With a win over Jacksonville on Sunday, Buffalo will:
• Defeat the Jaguars for the second straight time (12/2/2012, 34-18)

BILLS-JAGUARS REGULAR SEASON SERIES
• Overall regular season record: 6-5
• Bills on road at Jaguars: 3-2
• Last meeting on road: 11/22/2009, L 15-18
• First regular season meeting: 12/14/1997, L 14-20 at Buffalo
• Last regular season meeting: 12/2/2012, W 34-18 at Buffalo

The Bills will host the Miami Dolphins in their final home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2013 on Sunday, December 22 at 1:00 p.m.

BILLS-JAGUARS SERIES
Buffalo and Jacksonville will meet for the 12th time in the regular season this week. The Bills are 6-5 all-time against the Jaguars and won the last game against Jacksonville (34-18, 12/2/2012 at Buffalo). Sunday’s game at EverBank Field will mark the third meeting in the month of December between the two teams (1-1).

BILLS-JAGUARS SERIES HIGHS
Rushing Yards
Bills: 109, Fred Jackson 12/2/2012 @ BUF
Jaguars: 104, Fred Taylor 11/25/2007 @ JAC

Receiving Yards
Bills: 197, Terrell Owens 11/22/2009 @ JAC
Jaguars: 94, Keenan McCardell 12/14/1997 @ BUF

Passing Yards
Bills: 314, Drew Bledsoe 9/14/2003 @ JAC
Jaguars: 317, Mark Brunell 12/14/1997 @ BUF

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS
FORMER BILLS/JAGUARS
• Buffalo DB Coach Donnie Henderson held the same position with the Jaguars in 2008.
• Bills OL Erik Pears had a stint with the Jaguars in 2010.
• Bills G Mark Asper played for Jacksonville in the 2012 season and spent training camp with them this past summer.
• Jaguars STC Mike Mallory played for the Bills in 1993.
• Jacksonville LB Paul Posluszny was drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft and he played in Buffalo through the 2010 season.
• Jaguars OT Sam Young played for the Bills from 2011 through the first four games of the 2013 season.

AREA CONNECTIONS
• Bills RB C.J. Spiller grew in Lake Butler, Florida.
•Jaguars GM David Caldwell is a Buffalo, N.Y. native.

NFL CONNECTIONS
• Bills HC Doug Marrone coached with Jaguars STC Mike Mallory in New Orleans.
• Bills DC Mike Pettine and Jaguars OC Jedd Fisch coached together while at Baltimore. Pettine was a defensive assistant in 2004 and coached outside linebackers from 2005-08, while Fisch was the assistant quarterbacks coach from 2004-07. Jaguars OQC Coach Tony Sorrentino also was on the staff with the Ravens, serving a summer internship in 2007.
• Bills OC Nathaniel Hackett coached with Jaguars HC Gus Bradley while in Tampa Bay (2006-07). Hackett was an OQC while Bradley was the team’s DQC coach and linebackers coach. Jaguars TE/AST coach Ron Middleton also coached with Hackett in Tampa Bay.
• Bills STC Danny Crossman coached with Jaguars OL coach George Yarno in Detroit from 2010-12, serving in the same capacities.
• Bills WR coach Ike Hilliard was the AWR coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2011 while Jaguars QB Chad Henne was a member of Miami’s roster.
• Bills DE Mario Williams lined up with Jaguars DE Jason Babin in 2006 with the Texans.
• Bills TE Scott Chandler (2009-10) was teammates with Jaguars CB Alan Ball (2007-11) in Dallas.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
• Bills LB Nigel Bradham and QB EJ Manuel were teammates with Jaguars CB Mike Harris at Florida State. In addition, LS Garrison Sanborn played alongside Jaguars LB Geno Hayes at FSU from 2005-06.
• Buffalo RB C.J. Spiller (2006-09) played alongside Jaguars DE Andre Branch (2008-11) at Clemson.
• Bills DT Marcell Dareus (2008-09) competed with Jaguars DE Brandon Deaderick (2005-08) at Alabama.
• Bills S Aaron Williams was a Texas Longhorns teammate with Jaguars DT Roy Miller in 2008.
• Bills CB Stephon Gilmore was a teammate of Jaguars WR/PR Ace Sanders at South Carolina in 2010.
• Dareus also played with former Tide teammate Jaguars LS Carson Tinker (2008-12).
• Bills OL Alan Branch shared a locker room with Jaguars QB Chad Henne at Michigan from 2004-06.
• Bills OT Cordy Glenn played alongside Jaguars DE Abry Jones at Georgia from 2009-11.
• Bills DT Corbin Bryant (2006-10) was a teammate of Jaguars WR Jeremy Emert (2007-11) at Northwestern.
• Bills WR Marcus Easley and Jaguars CB Dwanye Gratz and RB Jordan Todman were teammates at Connecticut in 2008.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
OFFENSE
QB EJ Manuel
• One touchdown pass to match a franchise record among rookie signal callers (Dennis Shaw: 1970, 10)
• 16 pass completions to surpass Dennis Shaw (178, 1970) for the most among Bills rookie quarterbacks
• 221 passing yards to record 2,000 on the season

RB C.J. Spiller
• 77 rushing yards to move into 10th in team history (Jim Braxton, 2,842)

RB Fred Jackson
• Will play in the 90th game of his NFL career on Sunday
• One rushing score to tie Travis Henry for fifth in team history (27)
• 36 yards from scrimmage to record 1,000 in 2013
• 124 rushing yards to become the third player in team history with 5,000

WR Stevie Johnson
• Sunday’s game will mark the 75th game in his NFL career
• Will extend his current streak of consecutive games with a catch to 60 with a reception at Jacksonville
• Three catches to pass Pete Metzelaars (302) for sixth-most in Bills record books
• 172 receiving yards yards to move into eighth in team history and to become the eighth Bill with 4,000 receiving yards

WR T.J. Graham
• One reception to reach 50 in his NFL career

WR Robert Woods
• 92 receiving yards to reach 500 in his rookie season and to become the eighth rookie in team history to record 500

TE Scott Chandler
• Will match Reuben Grant (15) for third-most touchdown catches among Bills tight ends all-time with his next scoring grab
• One catch to set a personal single-season high (43 in 2013 and 2012)
• Seven catches to post his first 50 reception season

DEFENSE
DT Marcell Dareus
• 2.0 sacks to post 20.0 in his NFL career

DE Mario Williams
• Will match Bruce Smith’s 1989 campaign of 13.0 sacks for the ninth-most quarterback takedowns in a season among Bills with his next sack
• 2.0 sacks to match a personal single-season best of 14.0 (2007)

DE Alan Branch
• Three tackles to match a career-high of 35 in 2010

DE Jerry Hughes
• 2.0 sacks to record the first double-digit sack season of his NFL career

LB Manny Lawson
• Five tackles to set a career-high (67 in 2009)

LB Kiko Alonso
• Two interceptions to match a franchise record among rookie linebackers set by Mike Stratton in 1962 (6)

FS Jairus Byrd
• Will tie Booker Edgerson, Steve Freeman and Nate Clements (23) for the seventh most interceptions in Bills history with his next pick
• One multi-interception game to become the second Bill with six multi-interception games (Tom Janik - 6)

SPECIAL TEAMS
P Brian Moorman
• Will play in his 188th game with the Bills on Sunday to match LB Darryl Talley for the fifth-most games played in team history
• Sunday’s game will also mark the 200th of his NFL career

K Dan Carpenter
• Sunday’s game will mark the 90th game of his NFL career
• Five field goals made to reach 30 in 2013 and for the second time in his NFL career (30 in 2010)