Inside JMS

In this edition of JagNation's Inside JMS, we will discuss some of the matchups which could have Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker losing sleep this Sunday, how the Jags plan on attacking the Buffalo defense, and what underrated factor could play a big part in the game.

No Mathis

The Jaguars will be without star cornerback Rashean Mathis who has an injured groin. On paper, if there's any game that the Jags can afford to be without Mathis, it should be this one. Buffalo ranks 29th in total offense, and 30th in passing offense. Still, when we look at the matchups the Bills have Lee Evans and Terrell Owens on the outside and they'll likely be matched up against rookie Derek Cox and veteran Tyron Brackenridge. Where the Jags may give up some plays is in the slot, as the team will likely line up either Reggie Nelson or Brian Witherspoon against the speedy Roscoe Parrish.

MJD left, MJD right

The Buffalo Bills are ranked 32nd in the NFL against the run, and the only reason they're not ranked 35th is that the league hasn't added three more teams yet. The Bills are allowing 173 yards rushing per game and have allowed the following running back performances over the past seven weeks:

Chris Johnson- 232 yards from scrimmage, two touchdowns.

Ryan Moats- 126 yards rushing, three touchdowns (off the bench)

DeAngelo Williams- 89 yards rushing, touchdown

Thomas Jones- 210 yards rushing, touchdown

Leon Washington- 99 yards rushing (off the bench)

Jamal Lewis- 117 yards rushing (hasn't been above 69 yards since)

Ronnie Brown- 115 yards rushing, two touchdowns

Ricky Williams- 85 yards rushing, touchdown (off the bench)

Pierre Thomas- 126 yards rushing, two touchdowns

Maurice Jones-Drew and MJD fantasy owners should be licking their chops in anticipation for a huge game Sunday.

Stroud Returns, Jags were right?

In a somewhat controversial move two years ago, the Jaguars split up their "twin towers" as they dealt defensive tackle Marcus Stroud to the Buffalo Bills for a third-round draft pick. Stroud had dealt with injuries during his last few years in Jacksonville, as well as a PED suspension. Since arriving in Buffalo, Stroud has played in every game and has recorded 85 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Still, Stroud is no longer a player that requires a double-team and the Bills are the worst rushing defense in football.

Special Teams a Focus

The Jacksonville Jaguars are statistically better on offense and defense, and that is part of the reason why they are currently nine-point favorites on Sunday. The Jaguars have been favored over Buffalo the last three times they have squared off, but the Bills have come away winners in two of those matchups, with big plays coming on special teams. Roscoe Parrish has set up game-winning possessions on big returns in the Bills previous two victories over the Jaguars. In the Jaguars 36-14 victory over Buffalo back in 2007, Jacksonville bottled up return men Terrance McGee and Roscoe Parrish.

Buyer Beware

The Jaguars nine-point spread against Buffalo represents the largest margin this season. Jacksonville is just 2-2 outright as favorites this season and are 0-4 against the spread in those situations.

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