- Mike DiRocco, ESPN Staff Writer
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Buffalo Bills aren't exactly heading to Jacksonville on a roll.
They have lost five of their last six games and have scored more than 17 points just once in the last five games.
The Jaguars, however, do have momentum. They’ve won four of the last five games, including three in a row.
Something will have to give when the teams square off at EverBank Field on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on CBS.
Here’s a look at the Bills:
Last week: lost to Tampa Bay Oakland 27-6.
Coach: Doug Marrone, first season (4-9).
Offensive coordinator: Nathaniel Hackett.
Defensive coordinator: Mike Pettine.
Series record: tied 6-6.
THREE PLAYERS TO KNOW ON OFFENSE
QB EJ Manuel: The rookie quarterback from Florida State has had good days and some terrible days. Last Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay was one of the latter. He completed 18 of 33 passes and threw four interceptions in the loss to the Bucs.
RB C.J. Spiller: Spiller and Fred Jackson share the workload and both have similar numbers. Spiller has 149 carries for 678 yards while Jackson has 157 carries for 645 yards. Jackson has more touchdowns (7-2) but Spiller is more explosive (seven runs of 20 or more yards). However, Spiller is a bit of a feast or famine back. He’s had four games this season in which he has averaged 2 or fewer yards per carry.
TE Scott Chandler: He has 43 receptions for 515 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also averaging 12.0 yards per catch, which is better than receiver Stevie Johnson (51 catches, 593 yards, 11.6 yards per catch).
THREE PLAYERS TO KNOW ON DEFENSE
LB Kiko Alonso: The Bills’ second-round pick out of Oregon is one of the leading candidates for Defensive Rookie of the Year. He leads the Bills in tackles (131) and interceptions (four) and also has two sacks for a defense that ranks sixth against the pass and 15th overall in the NFL.
DE Mario Williams: He’s having one of his better years as a pass-rusher. He is third in the NFL with 12.0 sacks, which is the second-highest total in his career and just two sacks shy of his career-best 14.0 sacks in 2007 for the Houston Texans.
DT Marcell Dareus: He’s one of the better defensive players that most people don’t know about because he plays for a team that’s not on television much. Dareus has seven sacks, three pass deflections, and 60 tackles
Marrone had the captains speak to the team following the loss to the Bucs. He also allowed anyone else who wanted to say a few words to speak as well. … Marrone also said after the Tampa Bay loss that the team is scaling back the offense a bit for Manuel. They feel they may have been giving too much in the game plan and thinning that out will help Manuel become more effective. ... S Jairus Byrd has four interceptions this season and 22 in his career, which puts him 10th on the Bill's all-time list.