Here's the Bills news of note for Nov. 28th.
1 - Mr. Big Stuff delivers big performance
Marcell Dareus may have only appeared in his third game this season, but he continued his ascent up Buffalo's record books with his best performance of the season. Dareus had eight tackles, two sacks, two quarterback hits and three tackles for a loss.
Dareus' eight tackles tied his career high, which he set in 2013 against the Falcons.
His biggest play of the afternoon came when he sacked Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles on a second down play to force third-and-long with under three minutes to go in the first half. The Jags ended up punting, which led to Brandon Tate's long return and subsequent seven-yard touchdown from McCoy. Those were Buffalo's first points of the game. Dareus' other sack came on a third-and-six in Bills territory at the end of the first quarter. The loss of yardage forced the Jaguars to punt. That sack put Dareus already ahead of his total from last season, despite missing almost the entire first half of the 2016 campaign.
With his two sacks, Dareus moved into 10th on the Bills all-time sack list with 33 for his career.
"It just feels great to be out there, be out there with the fellas, be out there with Kyle Williams," Dareus said. "Just the defense that we have, we are part of, good friendship, and they help bring it to me. I am just surprised I am the lucky one to fall in front of them."
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2 - Taylor tallies TDsIn addition to getting a win to keep Buffalo's playoff hopes alive, Tyrod Taylor also reached several personal milestones during Sunday's game.
After a sluggish first half, Taylor and the rest of the offense turned it on for the final 30 minutes.
The Bills only had 63 yards in the first half, but finished with 304 total yards to beat the Jaguars in what turned into an offensive showcase in the second half.
"There's going to be games where you stall, but you have to be disciplined, not turn the football over during the process and figure out what they're doing that's causing trouble and get back to doing what we do well. We were able to get back on the same page and go out and make some plays in the second half."
Taylor did a lot of work in the game with his legs. He ran for a seven-yard touchdown in the third quarter to put the Bills ahead by six.
That play gave him 10 career rushing touchdowns, including five already this season. With his 39 yards rushing for the game, including some crucial scrambles on third downs, Taylor passed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his Bills career. He is the third Buffalo quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards, joining Joe Ferguson and Jim Kelly.
"I think the game had definitely changed," Taylor said mindful of his critics. "I mean every quarterback plays it differently. I'm going to do what I've been doing. It's gotten me to this point, and just continue to keep building and growing my game from that. Honestly I don't please the people that are watching, to be honest. I play for my teammates and whatever it takes to win."
Taylor also added a passing touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard strike to Justin Hunter to put the Bills ahead for good in the game.
With that play, Taylor joined Jack Kemp as the only two quarterbacks in Bills history to register six or more games with a passing and rushing touchdown. Kemp had 13 for his career.
3 - Redemption for Robey-ColemanNickell Robey-Coleman was able to enact a little bit of payback on Sunday. After being called for a phantom pass interference call during the Bills-Jaguars game in London last year that contributed to Buffalo's loss, Robey-Coleman said all week that this game had extra meaning for him.
Although Robey-Coleman lost his starting role to Kevon Seymour, he had to step up and play in key moments on Sunday as the defensive staff went with the four-year vet over the rookie late in the game.
Two of those plays came on Jacksonville's final drive.
On a second-down deep ball down the sidelines, Robey-Coleman played perfect coverage on tight end Neal Sterling, and although Sterling ended up on the turf, the referee deemed it clean.
"That was a long play for me," Robey-Coleman said. "I went on one side of the field and me and the safety had something going on, the tight end fake blocked and released and when the ball was snapped I was still coming across. So when I saw the tight end release, I just tried to stay on top and play through the tight end's hands and make the play."
The Jaguars would get a first down the next play, but ended up with a fourth down situation later in the drive. The defense was in zone, and Robey-Coleman and two other Bills were able to tackle Marqise Lee before he could reach the marker coming across the middle of the field.
"He was trying to get away from me, but we were in a zone and he was trying to get that first (down)," Robey-Coleman said. "I just laid everything out on that play and got a hand on him and just made a good tackle."
Jacksonville turned the ball over on downs and the Bills were able to run out the clock.
Losses to Cincinnati and Jacksonville derailed Buffalo's 2015 season, but the Bills were determined to avoid a repeat this time around. The Bills will look to continue their revenge tour from last season next week against the Oakland Raiders.
"Got them back, got our revenge back," Robey-Coleman said. "A little redemption and it feels good. This is some momentum we got coming into next week. We have a big week next week so we got to come out swinging."