Sunday, October 10, 2010
Jaguars at Bills halftime observations
By Tim Graham
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Halftime thoughts and observations from Ralph Wilson Stadium, where the Buffalo Bills are tied at 13 with the Jacksonville Jaguars:
- There was a lot to like about the Bills' offense, which elicited a couple standing ovations in the first half. The Bills look like they're having fun out there, which is important when you're 0-4.
- The Jaguars hadn't taken an offensive snap by the time they'd gifted a 10-point lead. But the Jaguars have been scrappy. Josh Scobee nailed two 49-yard field goals to help erase the early cushion. David Garrard found Marcedes Lewis right before the intermission.
- Lee Evans nearly went two out of three games without a catch, grabbing his first pass with about 20 second left in last week's loss to the New York Jets. He made his first reception 1:59 into Sunday's game, a 45-yard touchdown strike to put the Bills on the board one play after recovering a fumbled punt.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown a touchdown pass in six straight games, the most by a Bills quarterback since Drew Bledsoe in 2004.
- The Bills don't miss Marshawn Lynch, whom they traded this week for a fourth-round draft choice. Fred Jackson received a standing ovation at the end of the first quarter for a series of runs that made you wonder why the Bills insisted on keeping Lynch for so long. Jackson rushed for 42 yards on six carries in the first quarter. The Jaguars dominated time of possession in the second quarter, when Jackson was limited to 4 yards on two goal-line carries.
- The Bills had a chance to bust the game open early in the second quarter, advancing to a first-and-goal from the 4-yard line, but they had to kick a field goal at the end of a 15-play drive.
- Roscoe Parrish has been criticized for his aversion to contact as a receiver, but he made a scintillating catch, leaping high for the ball and coming down with it despite a big undercut hit that sent him cartwheeling. The 20-yard gain came on third-and-11.