Last week vs the Titans, the Jacksonville Jaguars were stopped cold on the road by a good defense. This week at home they will try to get to .500, but at the same time take on another quality defense in the Buffalo Bills. The Bills were impressive in their opener on Sunday at home, topping the NFC West Champion Seahawks 34-10. The Bills scored two times on special teams, once on a punt return, and another on a fake field goal.
The Jags lost to the Titans 17-10, and news has gotten worse on their O-line, where they are lost both starting guards in their opener. The team signed veterans Milford Brown and Chad Slaughter on Tuesday to add depth, but will rely on backups Tutan Reyes and Uche Nwaneri to step into starting roles. They need to find a way to do what they do best, which is run the ball, and against old friend Marcus Stroud and company on the Bills, that will be easier said than done.
If the team can get Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew going, they will be able to make things easier for QB David Garrard, who vs the Titans was 23-for-35 for 215 yards with one TD and two picks. It was not a good outing for Garrard, who has pressure on him to lift his game up while the running game is struggling. The Jags defense also needs a lift, as they allowed the Titans to go off for 137 yards vs a run defense that is supposed to be solid against the run.
Buffalo will run the ball a lot with Marshawn Lynch, who went off for 76 yards on 18 carries and a score vs the Hawks. Trent Edwards will also try to spread the field with Lee Evans, and Lynch. The QB was 19-for-30 for 215 yards and a touchdown in the victory. The Bills will also get a lift with All-Pro tackle Jason Peters coming back after holding out all of camp.
Last season the Bills were beaten bad by the Jags 36-14 November 25th. Look for the Jags to watch that film a lot and see the good things they were able to do on both sides of the ball. A very tough game to call, but with the Jags suffering on the O-line and Garrard suffering 7 sacks a week ago, look for the Bills to score a huge road win and put themselves in a spot to be a contender in the now wide open AFC.