Bills early lead sails away as they fall to Jaguars 36-26

And the countdown to 0-16 is officially on.

Despite two takeaways, over 300 yards of total offense and three touchdowns from Ryan Fitzpatrick,  it wasn’t enough to secure the first win of the 2010 season for the Buffalo Bills. 

David Garrard’s three touchdowns and Josh Scobee’s four field goals helped the Jacksonville Jaguars avoid a big letdown, as the Jaguars downed the Bills 36-26.  Jacksonville has won two straight and improves to 3-2, while the Bills remain one of two teams in the NFL without a win so far this season.

The Bills raced out of the gate to a 10-0 early lead thanks to Lee Evans’ first touchdown of the season, a 45-yard strike from Fitzpatrick.  Rian Lindell’s 29-yard field goal gave Buffalo the early double digit advantage.  With just less than six minutes remaining in the first half and Buffalo on top 13-3, the Jaguars scored 10 straight points.  Garrard capped off the first half comeback with a 1-yard pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis that tied the game at 13 with :25 seconds left in the first half.

Out of the locker room, Jacksonville wasted little time pulling ahead of Buffalo, as Garrard again hooked up with Lewis for a 27-yard score to give the Jags the lead at 20-13 with less than two minutes gone in the third.  Fitzpatrick ’s five-yard touchdown pass to Steve Johnson got things tied at 20, but Garrard and the Jags would answer back near the end of the third quarter.  His third touchdown of the day, this one to receiver Mike Sims-Walker, gave the Jaguars the lead 27-20.  Jacksonville would not trail the rest of the afternoon.

Three straight field goals from Scobee (34, 40, 46) helped the Jaguars pull away from the Bills in the fourth quarter.  With just over 90 seconds left in the game, Fitzpatrick again hooked up with Johnson on a 7-yard pass but the Bills couldn’t convert the two-point conversion.  Jacksonville outscored the Bills 23-13 in the second half, and despite trailing at one point in the game 13-6, the Jaguars went on to outscore the Bills 30-13. 

With the Bills still sitting on a goose egg in the win column, picking up their first win next week appears to be a tall order, as the Bills travel to Baltimore to square off against the Ravens.

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