“I felt like coming out here seeing what type of game it was we were going to have to run the ball,” said Jackson, who posted his first 100-yard rushing effort of the season. “I felt like we would be out there and get that opportunity to make plays. I told C.J. to expect the ball a lot. We got the running game going early.”
“For us as a team to be successful at home in December, this is what we expected,” said
The Bills defense was impressive throughout as they made the league’s worst offense look that way for much of the afternoon. Jacksonville converted just one of their 10 third down opportunities, and had three turnovers on downs. For the third straight game the defense also held their opponent to fewer than 90 rushing yards. It’s the first time a Bills defense has done that since the 2003 season (11/30/03-12/14/03).
“We have got some guys running downhill and everybody has been in the right spot,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “We have got guys playing the cutback. We have got guys filling the front side hole. Everybody is being a lot more consistent about filling the correct gap. If I had to say there is one thing that is the one thing. We are playing a lot more physical now than we were a month and a half ago.”
Buffalo scored on their first possession of the game to take an early 7-0 lead less than six minutes into the game. Facing a 2nd-and-20 at their own 48 following a holding call, Ryan Fitzpatrick found
Fitzpatrick would then take a one-yard sneak over the goal line on 2nd-and-goal for just the second red zone touchdown in three games. It was also the quarterback’s first rushing touchdown since 2009 (11/29/09).
Both teams would struggle for the remainder of the opening quarter to move the football. The Bills would hand the Jaguars a prime scoring opportunity on a turnover early in the second quarter. On a 1st-and-10 at their own 22, Fitzpatrick missed intended target
Buffalo’s defense was able to keep the Jaguars out of the end zone, but Jacksonville did get a 36-yard field goal from Josh Scobee (7-3).
The Bills could not answer on their ensuing possession. Facing a 4th-and-5 at the Jaguars 37, Fitzpatrick’s pass intended for
Jacksonville’s offensive unit quickly drove the length of the field, helped in part by a 24-yard pass interference penalty on
Buoyed by a 55-yard kick return by
“Scott did a great job getting over Poz. There was a safety on top of him that he kind of ran away from and I just put a little bit of air on it to throw it over Poz and let him go over and get it,” said Fitzpatrick. “He did a good job with that, just a big target, a guy that they can put two guys on down there and you can still get him the ball.”
After the kickoff,
“When you get back there, especially with the elements and how they were with the rain, it is pretty tough holding onto the ball,” said Williams. “So we just wanted to rake at the ball every time we had the chance. It was there, I saw it and I just reached out and swiped it away.”
The offense however, couldn’t find the end zone on that particular drive as they settled for a 29-yard
Another long kickoff return to start the second half again provided Buffalo’s attack with a short field. Brad Smith ripped off a 38-yard return to the Bills 39. Buffalo began picking up yards in chunks on the ground. After moving the ball out to midfield, Fred Jackson burst up the middle for a 15-yard run, followed by a 17-yard run by Smith out of the Wildcat.
A roughing the passer penalty on 2nd-and-10 from the Jaguars 17, set up 1st-and-goal at the nine. One play after a delay of game infraction backed Buffalo up to the 13, Fitzpatrick hit Stevie Johnson in the front left corner of the end zone to push the Bills lead to 14 (24-10).
“Stevie’s was just a one-on-one matchup. I knew I had single coverage over there,” said Fitzpatrick, who attempted just 17 passes. “We went to an empty set and he did a great job putting a move on the guy and breaking out and scoring.”
After the Bills defense forced a turnover on downs at their own 39, Fitzpatrick and the offense were on the march with Jackson carrying most of the rushing load. Jackson rolled up 30 yards on six carries before the drive stalled at the Jaguars 32, where Lindell put a 50-yard attempt through for a 27-10 advantage.
Come the fourth quarter the Bills were sensing victory. Buffalo’s defense forced a three-and-out and the offense scored in just four plays thanks to a 44-yard touchdown run by C.J. Spiller on a 2nd-and-3 play. Spiller bounced the run outside and burst into the secondary where he slipped in between the corner and the safety to score (34-10) with 13:29 to play.
Jacksonville caught a break however, when on their punt deep into Buffalo territory,
But those would prove to be the final points of the game.
With the win Buffalo improves to 5-7 on the season. They host St. Louis next Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium for a 1 pm kickoff.
“We knew to give ourselves an opportunity at any shot of going anywhere after this we had to win this game,” said Jackson. “We came out and we responded and made plays in all phases of the football game. Offense, defense and special teams, so if we continue to do that we give ourselves a good opportunity.”