What the Jaguars Learned Against Buffalo

What the Jacksonville Jaguars learned in their 20-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Five most important things for the Jaguars were:

1. Patch it up, your backs are against the wall. The Jaguars started off terribly, but rebounded and the offensive line played well. In the end, they didn't make plays when they needed to and that was the reason for the defeat.

2. Outplay them on special teams. The Jaguars special teams unit played well, but so did Buffalo. There were no big plays by the Jacksonville special teams, and their punter and coverage team failed them at the end.

3. Garrard must be a playmaker. David was good in spots, but had a terrible red zone interception and couldn't get the job done when the game was on the line at the end. Trent Edwards was clearly the better quarterback.

4. Throw to score, run to win. The Jaguars passing game found some legs late in the first half, and they opened up some holes for the running game in the second half. Late in the game, the team abandoned the run and put the ball in Garrard's hands.

5. Play in front of the sticks. The Jaguars didn't have many penalties and David Garrard didn't get sacked very often.

What we were supposed to look for:

1. David Garrard to bounce back. Garrard played well for about two quarters, but he didn't have the game we expected. David finished 17/28 for 165 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Garrard's QB rating was 62.4.

2. The Jaguars to match Rashean Mathis up against Lee Evans, or else. Near the end of the game, Lee Evans struck against Drayton Florence for a 37-yard gain. Evans did some work against Mathis as well and he finished with 4 catches for 77 yards.

3. Two combined turnovers or less. There were three total turnovers counting the Jaguars fumble on the final play.

4. A big special teams play. Both teams each had a big play. The Jaguars recovered an onside kick, and Roscoe Parrish had a huge 27-yard punt return at the end.

5. The scoreboard operator to fall asleep. Points were at a premium in the first half, as the Bills were up, 10-3.

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