Five things to watch: Jaguars-Bills

December, 14, 2013
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Here are five things to watch in Sunday's Jacksonville Jaguars-Buffalo Bills game at EverBank Field:

Pre-game warmups: If you get there early enough, check out how running back Maurice Jones-Drew, receiver Cecil Shorts, and safety Johnathan Cyprien are moving around. Jones-Drew (hamstring) and Cyprien (thigh) are doubtful while Shorts (groin) is questionable. All three will test their injuries during warm-ups to see if they’re able to play. Coach Gus Bradley said it didn’t look good for Jones-Drew and Cyprien.

Pass rush: The Bills lead the NFL in sacks (44), including 12 by defensive end Mario Williams and eight by defensive end Jerry Hughes. The Jaguars’ offensive line has only given up three sacks in the last two games and effectively neutralized Houston’s J.J. Watt. Williams is the right defensive end and will line up against Cameron Bradfield so keep an eye on that battle.

Trickery: Two weeks ago Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch had Jones-Drew throw a touchdown pass. Last week it was receiver Ace Sanders. What kind of trick play does he have ready for the Bills? Fisch said he doesn’t like to call them trick plays, though. "We want our guys to believe that they’re not trick plays, just part of the offense," he said. "I think that was something I got from Coach [Steve] Spurrier. If we call a double pass it just happened to be a play that we called that game and it could have been like any other play."

Getting his chance: The team’s decision to cut defensive end Jeremy Mincey means more playing time for first-year player Ryan Davis, who was signed from the practice squad on Nov. 15. He has been nearly as effective as Mincey (three sacks, three quarterback pressures). Davis has one sack and four quarterback pressures in just four games. In the first game that Mincey missed after he was late for a team meeting, Davis came up with a game-saving interception in the final minutes.

Secondary issues: The Jaguars are giving up more than 300 yards per game passing since the bye week, but Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has had a rough rookie season and is coming off his worst performance. The Jaguars’ pass rush has been better the past few weeks and the hope is putting pressure on the inexperienced Manuel will result in turnovers. Manuel, however, has shown flashes of elite ability and if there’s any team he’s going to carve up it’ll be the Jaguars, who may be down Cyprien.

Mike DiRocco | email

ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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