Buffalo Bills (3-3) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) (London, UK)
Sunday, October 25th, 9:30 a.m. EST
Kickoff Temperature: 57 degrees, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Bills by 4
The Jaguars come in losers of four straight games, looking to turn their season around. The Bills are simply looking to keep pace in a loaded AFC Wildcard race and they’re going to have to do it without their starting QB, WR’s (#1 and #2), RG and RT.
We’re going to look at what it will take for the Jaguars to get the job done.
Keys to a Jaguars Victory:
Bring the heat. The Jaguars will be playing against an inexperienced quarterback in E.J. Manuel and they need to make him make quick decisions. Buffalo is down Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin, so Robert Woods is their best receiver entering the game. Bring some pressure because they shouldn’t beat you on the outside.
Run the ball well. The Jacksonville offense is better when T.J. Yeldon is playing and although he’s a game-time decision, we have a feeling that he’ll play. Teams are starting to play the Jaguars more straight up without loading the box, and Yeldon needs to make them pay.
Be dynamic on offense. The Jaguars have very good weapons in Julius Thomas, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns. Those guys need to play like stars, not just garbage-time fantasy stars. Go up and make some plays to help your quarterback out.
Be good in the kicking game. The Jacksonville special teams has been bad this season, and they don’t have enough talent to overcome that most weeks. Bryan Anger needs to punt with hang time and Jason Myers needs to prove that he’s an NFL kicker. This team can’t afford to leave yards and points on the field.
Stop Shady. LeSean McCoy is still one of the most explosive players in football and he can take over a football game. The Jaguars should stack the box and make him irrelevant.
What To Look For:
Look for another good game by Blake Bortles. Bortles is gaining momentum and has been better than a lot of quarterbacks this season. Playing against a Rex Ryan defense is no easy task, but Blake is up to the task.
Look for the Jaguars to register three or more sacks. E.J. Manuel has slow eyes and pressure will force him into mistakes. The Jaguars should bring him down.
Look for Charles Clay to play well. Jacksonville doesn’t have a great matchup for Clay and he should be a focal point of the Bills passing offense.
Allen Robinson for 6. Robinson is beginning to string together productive games and there’s no reason why that shouldn’t continue, especially if Bortles plays well.
- It’s winning time, finally! If the Jaguars can’t beat the Bills with as many injuries as they have, who can they beat? We passed must-win scenarios months ago, the trip back from London will go a lot better with champagne on ice.