Sunday, December 2, 2012
Wrap-up: Bills 34, Jaguars 18
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Jaguars’ 34-18 loss to the Bills in the rain at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo:
What it means: The Jaguars couldn’t build off of last week’s upset of the Titans a week ago. Jacksonville played poorly and is 2-10 for the first time in franchise history.
What I didn’t like: The Bills won this game by running it. And running it some more. Led by Fred Jackson they averaged 5.0 yards a carry and amassed 232 rushing yards with two touchdowns. The Jaguars ran for 2.8 yards a carry and 50 rushing yards with one touchdown. Jason Babin had four tackles including a tackle for a loss in his debut with the Jaguars, but he did not spark any sort of pass rush. The Jaguars did not drag down Ryan Fitzpatrick, but it would have been hard for anyone considering he only dropped back to pass 17 times.
Very pedestrian: Yes, the conditions were poor. But Chad Henne’s 18-for-41 day for 208 yards and a pick wasn’t close to good enough. He also absorbed four sacks and lost a fumble that killed some momentum before the half.
Unsustainable: The Jaguars converted just one of 10 third-down chances on offense. Nine of their 14 drives were six plays or fewer. Seven of their 13 drives covered 14 yards or fewer.
More concussions: Running back Rashad Jennings and receiver Cecil Shorts suffered concussions, per Mike Mularkey after the game.
What’s next: The Jaguars host the Jets at EverBank Field, where the tarp over one section will be removed to accommodate extra seats. Greg McElroy played in the Jets win over Arizona. Will Tim Tebow be healthy and have a chance to play in his hometown?