December 14, 2018

Three takeaways from Jaguars' win over Bills

12 January 2018, 09:34 | Randall Craig

Will Tyrod Taylor return? Five questions facing Buffalo Bills entering 2018 offseason

Jaguars defense shines in wild-card win over Bills

The running game, that had been shut down to this point, finally found its mojo as QB Blake Bortles and running backs Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory combined for 54 rushing yards out of the 86 total yards on the drive.

Tyrod Taylor got outplayed by Blake Bortles.

"The defence came back and did a heck of a job in the second half", Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said. Taylor threw a pass to Kelvin Benjamin that fell incomplete and Benjamin was called for pass interference.

If the Jaguars beat the Bills on Sunday, they'll head to Heinz Field for a divisional-round showdown with the second-seeded Pittsburgh Steelers. The two interception returns, combined with two fourth quarter interceptions, were two costly for the Steelers to overcome.

"Players or peers talking about you is a little new", Bortles said last week.

"He's a great athlete".

The offense's inability to move the ball well enough and score touchdowns hammered a hard nail into the Bills playoff run. When considering 87 of those yards came from Bortles, it's clear the rushing attack as a whole could've done a lot better, even with the box being stacked at times. While Fournette finished eighth in the National Football League with 1,040 yards rushing in his rookie season, Bortles ranked No. 7 among quarterbacks with 323 yards on the ground.

But in a world where it had been 10 years since a Jaguars playoff run and 19 years since a home playoff victory, Jacksonville's survival against the Buffalo Bills has huge ramifications for a city and team eager for a deep postseason stretch. He had one more yard rushing than passing.

Jacksonville's offense offered up a 10-point effort during the wild-card round win over the Buffalo Bills. His 13 interceptions and 24 sacks were career lows. The quarterback used his legs better than his arm Sunday afternoon, scampering for 88 yards on 10 carries. "You go out and something is not on right, you don't have a fast ball, you have to find another pitch to be able to land and be successful and get guys out". The Bills were shut out in the second half, and while the Jags weren't exactly lighting the world on fire, they did manage one touchdown drive that was, again, fueled partially by the wheels on Bortles. He gained 144 of his 323 yards on first down, often setting the table for short down-and-distance situations.

"You don't get anything for the effort in this game", coach Sean McDermott said.

Buffalo had first-and-goal at the Jaguars 1 with 2:53 remaining. Fournette will most likely need to break the 100 yard barrier in order to win this contest because it will keep the ball out of the turnover prone hands of Bortles. In the opening half, this looked like the type of the game the 2017 Jaguars lost because of inept offensive play. Snyder had to fly back into town so he could go to work Tuesday.

"That's very critical to our success", defensive end Cam Heyward said. As a defense, we understand that stats, paychecks and trying to get accolades doesn't matter anymore. "We have so many playmakers". We can shut down the lanes, make them think about the (pass) rush than throwing down the field.

Other News

Trending Now

NJ doctor charged with having wife killed to protect drug ring
During the search at his medical practice, Kauffman allegedly confronted the officers while brandishing a Ruger 9mm handgun. An endocrinologist, Kauffman allegedly gave free oxycodone scripts to at least two people sent by Augello, Tyner said.

Eliot Wolf interviewing for Packers GM job Thursday
Two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers is expected to return to full health next season following a collarbone injury. According to reports, the Packers have fired Offensive Coordinator Edgar Bennett and Quarterback Coach Alex Van Pelt .

Dad admits special exit clause in Messi's Barcelona deal
Midfield maestro Andres Iniesta is the only other Barcelona player who has as many titles to his name with Barcelona . Lionel Messi could be on his way out of Barcelona due to an incredible clause in his contract.

American Lung Association and Anthem partnering to help Coloradans quit smoking
The report, published Tuesday in JAMA Pediatrics , comes as e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among adolescents. Oklahoma is spending more to combat tobacco use than most states - but it still isn't close to what experts think is needed.

Rain Moves In, Then Cold Air Returns
Blustery, with a north northwest wind 14 to 20 miles per hour , with gusts as high as 28 miles per hour . Rain overnight will change to brief mixture of sleet and freezing rain and then snow.

I will make sure I make no more mistakes: Amir Khan
Khan has been on the hunt for new promoters after an injury layoff and stint on ITV's I'm A Celeb. I just don't like Eddie Hearn", the recently I'm a Celebrity contestant once said.

Winning EuroMillions Ticket Sold In Dublin
A spokesperson for the National Lottery confirmed the victor , who purchased the ticket on the day of the draw, has come forward. July 2005: Dolores McNamara from Limerick was Ireland's first and biggest EuroMillions victor scooping over €115 million.

Kamloops home values in 2018 property assessment numbers are up again
Changes in property assessments reflect movement in the local real estate market and can vary greatly from property to property. Overall, the Okanagan's total assessments increased from $98 billion in 2017 to $119 billion this year, according to B.C.

If she runs, Oprah could dominate the Democratic field in 2020
CNN quoted two anonymous "close friends" as saying Winfrey was "actively thinking" about a presidential run. And if that's true, I would just like to say Oprah you will never be President. now we just wait and see.

Bilal Ahmad Kawa 2000 Red Fort terror attack arrested at Delhi airport
A senior officer from the Special Cell confirmed that a man has been detained but said that they are verifying whether he is Kawa. Kawa , who was suspected to be linked to Lashkar-e-Toiba, was arrested from the T-3 terminal of the Delhi Airport.