What We Learned Against Buffalo

Charlie Berstein outlines the key factors in our win over Buffalo

Five most important things for the Jaguars

    1. Don't fall in. The Jaguars took the Bills seriously from the very beginning, and scored on their first three offensive possessions. There was no letdown, an obvious sign of maturity from the Jaguars.

    2. Don't lose the special teams battle. The Jaguars played the Bills pretty close to even on special teams, despite fumbling on a short punt that led to a Bills score. The Jaguars coverage teams continued to be excellent and there were no big returns by either Terrance McGee or Roscoe Parrish.

    3. Pound 'em. The Bills front four was certainly up to the task, but the Jaguars stuck with the run and finished with 124 yards on the ground on just 26 attempts.

    4. Let Garrard be Garrard. The Jaguars opened things up a bit in the second half, and the result was a career high, 296 yards passing for the Jaguars signal caller.

    5. Cover Lee Evans. Mission accomplished. Evans had just two catches for 19 yards despite the Jaguars playing without Pro Bowl cornerback Rashean Mathis. Fine job by Brian Williams and Aaron Glenn.

What to look for:

    1. More dancing from Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew was shut down for most of the afternoon, but he finally struck gold late in the fourth quarter with a 17-yard touchdown run.

    2. Look for David Garrard to throw his first interception of the year. Fortunately for the Jaguars, this was dead wrong. Garrard was accurate for most of the day and he continues to play turnover-free football.

    3. Look for the Jaguars to force multiple turnovers. Check. The Jaguars forced three Buffalo turnovers, all by J.P. Losman. Losman threw two interceptions and fumbled once.

    4. Look for a quick start by Jacksonville. For the second straight week, the Jaguars scored on their first three possessions, and only punted once in the game.

    5. Look for the Bills to throw for over 250 yards in the game. The Jaguars pass defense took a step up in this one and held Buffalo to just 203 net yards passing.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Jagnation.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius NFL Radio, and Sportsillustated.com. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers Association, and is a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer.

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