Jacksonville Sports Day

Jaguars’ Defense Sacks Bills, Allen in 9-6 Win at Home

Photo by Nancy Beecher/Florida SportsDay

JACKSONVILLE – Matthew Wright kicked three field goals and the Jaguars’ defense dominated the Buffalo Bills for a 9-6 win Sunday at TIAA Bank Field.

It was the first home victory for Jacksonville since the opening game of the 2020 season.

The defense held the Bills to 6 points, marking the fewest points Buffalo has scored since Week 17 of the 2019 season. It was the fewest points Jacksonville has allowed since Dec. 2, 2018. The Jaguars sacked Bills QB Josh Allen four times,. Registered eight quarterback hits and six tackles for loss.

The Jaguars’ turned in four sacks – two by Tavin Bryan, one by Dawuane Smoot and one by Josh Allen.

“When we fly around, when we don’t hurt ourselves, we can be one of the best defenses out there,” Allen said.

Allen also had an interception and a fumble recovery. He finished the game with a career-high eight tackles.

Smoot posted three tackles, including 1.0 sack, and one forced fumble. Bryan posted 2.0 sacks for the first multi-sack game of his career.

“I feel like we’re finally figuring it out,” Smoot said. “The back end is finally finding different calls and different zones and different man schemes that work for them. I feel like they really balled out today and that’s a real credit to all of our rushing attempts today.”

An interception by safety Rudy Ford stopped a Bills drive inside the Jaguars 20.

“The great defense piece is what saves the day,” Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer said. “When you have injuries on offense, you have a young quarterback, you have this, you have that, great defense is how you win games and how you complement each other, and I thought today was a perfect example of that.”

Jaguars rookie QB Trevor Lawrence completed 15 of 26 passes for 118 yards. Tight end Dan Arnold hauled in four receptions for a team-high 60 yards.

Jacksonville was 2-for-2 on fourth downs in the game.

Allen completed 31 of 47 passes for 264 yards, with the two interceptions and a fumble.

The Jaguars failed to score from the Bills’ 4-yard line following a taunting penalty on Buffalo, leading to a 21-yard kick from Wright to give the Jaguars a 9-6 lead and the win with 12:10 left.

The Jaguars held Buffalo to 264 passing yards and 72 rushing yards. It was the third consecutive game the Jaguars have allowed fewer than 100 rushing yards.

Jacksonville improved to 2-6. Wright’s leg accounted for all of the Jaguars’ points. The Bills fall to 5-3. Lead the AFC East by a .5 game over the New England Patriots.

The Bills play at the New York Jets next Sunday. The Jaguars play at Indianapolis.

Roster Moves

The Jaguars have signed wide receiver John Brown and running back Jordan Wilkins to the practice squad. Additionally, the Jaguars released running back Kerrith Whyte Jr. from the practice squad.

Brown has played in 98 career games, making 65 starts, during his eight-year career. He has caught 320 passes for 4,748 yards and 31 TDs, including a career-high 72 catches for 1,060 yards and six TDs in 2019 with Buffalo. He was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round (91st overall) of the 2014 draft.

Wilkins entered the NFL in 2018 when he was selected in the fifth round (169th overall) by Indianapolis and played in 49 career games with the Colts from 2018-21. He has carried the ball 195 times for 951 yards and four TDs and caught 35 passes for 233 yards in his NFL career. In 2020, Wilkins recorded 308 rushing yards and caught 12 passes for 105 yards.

Myles Nominated for NFL’s 2021 Salute to Service Award

The Jacksonville Jaguars have nominated linebacker Myles Jack for the NFL’s 2021 Salute to Service Award, the NFL announced today. The Salute to Service Award presented by USAA recognizes NFL players, coaches, personnel and alumni who demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military and veteran communities. Finalists are scheduled to be announced in January, and the recipient will be recognized at NFL Honors, a prime-time awards special to air nationally the week of Super Bowl LVI.

Originally drafted by the Jaguars in the second round of the 2016 draft, Jack has dedicated much of his NFL career contributing to the NFL’s Salute to Service efforts.

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