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Buffalo Bills: Playoff magic runs out early as Bills fall to Jaguars

Buffalo Bills: Playoff magic runs out early as Bills fall to Jaguars

While the outcome of the game and seeing the season come to an end was certainly disappointing for Bills fans who made the trek here to Jacksonville, many say witnessing thier team end the drought has them excited for the future and hungry for more postseason football to come.

But in this case, look beyond the stats.

The Bills were projected to go 4-12 this season based on who they lost in free agency.

Start with scrambling - an area where Taylor was expected to have a significant edge. The fifth-round draft pick out of Pitt was forced onto the field late in the fourth quarter after Tyrod Taylor took a presumably concussive hit.

There were probably plenty of tables smashed, since that's a thing Bills fans do in the parking lot, but just in case there weren't, National Football League on CBS analyst Bill Cowher, a former standout at NC State and five-year National Football League vet, had them covered. "We just didn't play well".

Add to that, White's forced fumble on Tampa Bay's second-to-last possession with 2:20 remaining to set up Stephen Hauschka hitting a 30-yard field goal in a 30-27 win on October 22.

"Kind of reference it a pitcher", he said. "You don't have a fastball". You've got to find another pitch to land to be successful and get guys out. Just ask some of the other quarterback that the Jacksonville defense played this season.

In the rematch, the Jaguars' offense will probably have to step up.

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Running back Leonard Fournette needs to rush for at least 100 yards and Bortles can't have under 100 yards passing, even if the wind is once again a factor. Taylor didn't do much to elevate the offense on Sunday but the same can be said for the majority of the QB's who played against the Jacksonville defense this season. When you play outside the weather is going to be a factor. "I was very impressed". "I'm trying to do whatever I can to help this team win, help this team score points". Jacksonville's Blake Bortles was so bad, aerially, he was able to complete a pass to only one wide receiver all day - backup Dede Westbrook, five times for 48 yards. The drive ended on tight end Ben Koyack's 1-yard touchdown pass.

McDermott said that they made the call because of the situation and that was one of a couple of plays they would like to have back. "We hadn't turned the ball over". "Our defense did an incredible job today".

That was all the Jaguars needed thanks to their defensive mismatch against the Bills.

"We put that in for a touchdown, we [would have] put the pressure on [the Jaguars]", Incognito said.

The Jaguars stunned Pittsburgh in the first meeting, a 30-9 win in which Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, was sacked twice and finished with the lowest passer rating of his career. The same goes for Bortles and his aerial production.

Taylor is what he is and that is not good enough for the Bills. "We earned this and were going to continue to grind". "I wanted this win badly". Those don't seem like heavy burdens to overcome for a team advancing to the divisional round of the playoffs, but outside of the defense, Jacksonville has struggled to appear playoff ready.

"I've always respected him".


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