Bills move to 2-0 with win in Jacksonville

The Bills scored first and last against the Jaguars to move to 2-0 on the season.

In temperatures exceeding 90 degrees in Jacksonville, Trent Edwards and the Bills were able to turn up the heat just enough to brown-out the Jaguars Sunday afternoon. After falling behind 16-10 in the second half, the Bills came charging back to take a 20-16 victory.

Buffalo started strong, taking their opening possession of the game down the field on an eight minute, 82-yard drive orchestrated by Edwards and punctuated by an 11-yard Marshawn Lynch touchdown rumble. The defenses appeared fired up for the rest of the first half, with each team only mustering a short field goal each in the second quarter.

Jack Del Rio had his team ready for the 3rd quarter. The Jags took the ball the length of the field in 11 plays, and Maurice Jones-Drew punched into the endzone on a 2-yard plunge, tying the game at 10. The Jags special teams took a page out of Bobby April's book, executing a tricky onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and recovering. The Jags were able to get their running game going and salvaged a field goal to take the lead.

On the following possession, the Bills offensive line began to look fatigued; Jason Peters whiffed on his assignment, allowing Quentin Groves to knock the ball from Edwards' hand. The Jaguars recovered the fumble and picked up another Josh Scobee field goal, making the lead 16-10.

With eight minutes left in the game, the Bills regained possession and didn't look back. Edwards led the team on a gutsy 74-yard drive, including a 37-yard toss to Lee Evans on a 3rd-and-6 and a 7-yard floater to James Hardy in the end-zone for the go-ahead touchdown. The Jags got the ball back, but were utterly stifled by Buffalo's suddenly re-energized defense and forced to punt. A long Roscoe Parrish punt return set up a Rian Lindell field goal to essentially end the game.

Key Stories:

Edwards Efficiency – Trent Edwards went 20/25 for 239 yards and the TD to Hardy. He made his reads quickly, and made check-downs when necessary. He finished the game with a 119.8 rating and did much more than manage the game.

Primary Secondary – Terrence McGee made a touchdown-saving interception at the end of the first half, Jabari Greer was effective in neutralizing the gargantuan Matt Jones, and Ashton Youboty made a few key tackles and brought down David Garrard for a sack on a cornerback blitz.

Peters Plays – Jason Peters looked rather pedestrian. He started the game, but was subbed out in favor of the Langston Walker/Kirk Chambers combo at times, perhaps due to fatigue. He was serviceable in the run game, and held up in pass blocking except for the gaffe that led to the fumble. He'll probably take over full time duties next week vs. Oakland.

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