Sunday, December 2, 2012
Wrap-up: Bills 34, Jaguars 18
By James Walker
Here are some thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 34-18 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars:
What it means: For what it’s worth, it means the Bills remain mathematically in the playoff hunt. The Bills improved to 5-7 and their playoff hopes are hanging by a thread unless they can run the table. A win over a terrible Jacksonville (2-10) team at least keeps the Bills’ season alive for another week. Buffalo is now in a three-way tie for second place in the AFC East with the New York Jets (5-7) and Miami Dolphins (5-7).
What I liked: This was an all-around good effort for the Bills. The offense put up its most points since Week 7, and the defense did a decent job cooling off Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a pair of touchdowns and rushed for one. Buffalo starting tailback C.J. Spiller had a 44-yard touchdown run. The Bills also got great production from former starter Fred Jackson, who led the game with 109 rushing yards. Buffalo's defense registered four sacks, and defensive end Mario Williams extended his sack streak to three games.
What I didn’t like: There wasn’t much not to like in this game. But if I’m going to nitpick something, Buffalo was a little sloppy with nine penalties for 100 yards and two turnovers (one interception, one lost fumble). But these mistakes didn’t matter against the awful Jaguars. Buffalo also suffered a few key injuries to monitor, including No. 1 receiver Steve Johnson and starting center Eric Wood.
What’s next: The Bills host the St. Louis Rams (5-6-1). Buffalo will try to win two in a row for just the second time this season.