Jacksonville Sports Day

NFL: Buffalo Bills Take Down Sinking Jaguars in 24-21 Victory

Photo by Rick Wilson/Jacksonville Jaguars

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.  – Buffalo’s offense picked up where it left off after the bye week, totaling 329 net yards in their 24-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in emotional and rowdy game, one which included a brawl and 23 penalties.

QB Josh Allen played well in his return from injury, completing eight passes for 160 yards and one touchdown. The rookie also put his athleticism on display, rushing for 99 yards on 13 attempts.

Buffalo rookie wideout Robert Foster shined for the second consecutive week, reeling in two passes for 94 yards and one score.

Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey face mask penalty turned a 32-yard Kelvin Benjamin reception into a 47-yard play midway through the first quarter. Just two plays later, Isaiah McKenzie strolled into the end zone from six yards out, giving Buffalo the early 7-0 lead.

Jacksonville gained a season-high 226 rushing yards. Jacksonville leaned on that ground game on their third offensive drive of the day, handing the ball off a total of 10 times. The 11-play, 74-yard series culminated in a five-yard Leonard Fournette touchdown run.

A 43-yard end around to Dede Westbrook flipped the field for the Jaguars on their fourth drive.

Jacksonville followed this up with consecutive handoffs to Fournette, who picked up 22 yards and got the Jaguars down to the one-yard line. He eventually capped off the series with his second score of the day, tying the game at 14 with five minutes remaining in the half. Fournette finished with 95 yards on 18 carries.

Fournette’s day ended early as he was involved in a scuffle with the Bills Shaq Lawson. Both were ejected.

The game was tied at 14 going into the intermission.

Buffalo took possession of the ball at their own 32-yard line after Josh Lambo missed a field goal late in the third quarter. It took the Bills just three plays to drive the ball 68 yards down the field and Allen capped off the drive with a 14-yard touchdown run.

A Jordan Poyer interception set the Bills up deep in Jags’ territory late in the fourth quarter. Buffalo, however, failed to find the end zone, settling for a 22-yard Stephen Hauschka field goal  for a 24-14 lead.

Jacksonville methodically drove down the field in the game’s dying moments, capping off an eight-play, 70-yard drive with a touchdown pass to Westbrook. It was Westbrook’s fifth career receiving TD and his fourth TD this season. His four receiving TDs are tied with T.J. Yeldon for the most on the team.

The Bills pass-rush ended the day with three sacks. In addition, the Bills picked off QB Blake Bortles twice, both on deflected balls. Bortles completed 12 of 23 passes for 127 yards.

The Jaguars’  Telvin Smith Sr. registered a team-high nine tackles and has now posted at least six tackles in 15 of his last 16 games, including the postseason. Smith’s 88 tackles lead the Jaguars this season and his 535 tackles rank eighth in franchise history.

With the win, the Bills improved to 4-7 on the season. The Jaguars fell to 3-8.

Jacksonville returns to action next Sunday at TIAA Bank Field against the Colts for their second game against Indianapolis in four weeks.

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