Welcome to Buffalo Bills game recap! This week we see the Bills take on the lowly, but very hot of late Jacksonville Jaguars in a matchup of two of the worst teams in the AFC. The Bills are coming off an ugly loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-6 where EJ Manuel threw four interceptions. The Jaguars are surprisingly hot, coming off their fourth win in the last five weeks, beating the Texans for the second time this year, 27-20. So, let’s look at how the Bills managed this week.
Unsurprisingly, things started off shaky for both sides, as Chad Henne threw a pick on the first series of the game to safety Aaron Williams, setting the Bills up very nicely inside the Jags 25. They couldn’t move the ball, settling for a field goal from Dan Carpenter, from 42 yards out, making things 3-0 early for the Bills. The Bills defense followed up their pick by sacking Chad Henne twice on the next drive, forcing a punt this time. This time, in true EJ Manuel fashion, he threw his 9th pick in just nine games, and his fifth in the past two games, this time to linebacker Gerald Hayes, who took it back into Bills territory, setting up a field goal by Josh Scobee from 32 yards out, tying things up at three. The quarter ended after Dan Carpenter missed a field goal, 3-3 after the first. The Jaguars started the second quarter hot, moving the ball down the field for the first time this game, and ended the drive with a touchdown throw from Chad Henne to rookie wide receiver Ace Sanders, putting the Jags up 10-3. After both teams punted, Buffalo had their best drive of the game, going nearly the length of the field, ending in a Manuel to Robert Woods touchdown from seven yards out, tying this game at 10 each. The Bills continued their momentum on their next drive, once again moving down the field very easily and efficiently, capped off by an eight yard touchdown keeper from EJ Manuel, putting the Bills back up 17-10. Next drive ended in a fumble for the Jaguars, ball recovered by Nickell Roby. Dan Carpenter ended the the first half with a made field goal from 40 yards to put the Bills up 20-10 at the end of the second quarter.
The second quarter started out with a Buffalo punt, but the Bills got bailed out after the Jaguars fumbled the ball at their own one, resulting in a touchback, and Bills football. Buffalo couldn’t capitalize off the turnover, which resulted in another punt. The Jaguars took advantage of this one, and managed a field goal from 55 yards, to bring this to a single digit game, 20-13. Buffalo couldn’t capitalize on their next drive, with EJ Manuel fumbling the ball away after a sack, to defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks. The fourth quarter offered much more scoring, as the Jaguars started things off with a 55 yard drive, ending in a touchdown throw from Henne to tight end Marcedes Lewis, tying things up at 20. The Bills not to be outdone, drove once again nearly the length of the field, and ended things in another EJ Manuel touchdown throw, this time to fullback Fred Summers, to put the Bills back up, 27-20. The Jaguars had one last good shot to tie the game, but were picked off on the goaline, and didn’t get another good shot. The Bills win this game 27-20, and got to 5-9 on the season.