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Edwards Spills the Beans
Newly acquired Jaguars quarterback Trent Edwards has climbed to the number two position on the depth chart after the team released veteran backup Todd Bouman earlier this week. Bouman was signed as a "band-aid" when backup quarterback Luke McCown went down with a torn ACL in Jacksonville's Week Two loss at San Diego. Although Edwards doesn't figure to be involved much in the Jaguars game plan on the field, he's certainly making an impact this week. With the Jaguars set to fly to Buffalo to take on Edwards former team, Trent has clued his new team in about the Bills offense and defense, including audibles and formations.
"My philosophy is we need to win this football game and I need to do whatever it takes to help us win here," Edwards said.
" It's definitely going to be a weird feeling going back. I knew when I was released and got picked up here that we played up in Buffalo in two weeks, so I told all of those guys I'll be back in two weeks. It will be a weird situation to go back there."
Ground and Pound
This week the Jaguars will likely employ a similar offensive strategy to what earned them a victory over Indianapolis as they face a Buffalo Bills team that is dead-last against the run. Expect to see a heavy dose of running backs Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings on Sunday, and a short, play-action passing game. Jones-Drew should be a fantasy must-play this week.
Although the Bills haven't stopped anyone's running game this year, Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is not buying into what the statistics say.
"They stop our run well. That's what they've done the last couple of years. The last couple of times I've played them it has been tough. There was one year where I had negative yards rushing at one point. I don't really worry about what the stats mean, the stats don't mean anything. You've got to go out there and prove it every Sunday."
Heavy Dose of Spiller
The Jaguars are the "lucky" team that will see the biggest dose of Bills first-round pick C.J. Spiller thus far. With Buffalo trading Marshawn Lynch earlier in the week to Seattle, Buffalo is finally ready to move on with Spiller and the Jaguars will try to corral the talented back as Buffalo will likely try to get Spiller out in space.
He's an exciting young man that we studied quite a bit coming out of the draft, coming out of Clemson, and so they've still got a lot of talent at that position so we're gearing up accordingly," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said of the Bills running back situation.
Resistable Force vs. Moveable Object
It will be weakness vs. weakness when the Bills offense takes the field against the Jaguars defense. Buffalo's passing attack is ranked last in the NFL, averaging just 132 yards per game while the Jaguars pass defense ranks 30th, allowing 304 yards per game.
The Jacksonville pass defense was improved last week against Peyton Manning and the Colts, as Anthony Smith and Gerald Alexander were the team's starting safeties. Smith collected an interception due to a jarring hit by Alexander, and Alexander scooped up a Reggie Wayne fumble which prevented an Indianapolis score. The Jaguars should have a decided advantage against Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday.
Familiar Faces in Upstate New York
The Jaguars won't be the only team with inside information on Sunday's matchup as the Bills feature three former Jaguars on their defense. Defensive lineman Marcus Stroud, linebacker Akin Ayodele and cornerback Drayton Florence each served time under Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville.
"They've got three former Jags on their defense with (Marcus) Stroud, Akin (Ayodele) and Drayton (Florence) and you always know you're going to get the very best from a former player, so we expect them to be inspired," Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said.
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