The Bills are doing what it takes to win

November 27, 2016
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The Bills had to come from behind three different times to beat 2-9 Jacksonville 28-21.
 
The first half was a tire fire for the Bills. In the first quarter they were outgained 107-5. The Jags came into the game with a bad running attack, yet on their first drive, they went 11 plays, 75 yards for a touchdown. Ivory ran in from two yards out and 64 of those 75 yards came on the ground.
 
Buffalo couldn’t contain Blake Bortles scrambling as he finished with 81 yards on eight carries. They did contain his passing as he was 13 of 26 for 126 yards. Marcell Dareus sacked him twice.
 
Tyrod Taylor had a horrible first half. He had Sammy Watkins one-on-one numerous times, but never even looked his way. When you have a number one receiver like Watkins, you put the ball out there and let him go get it.

Taylor finally did that trailing 14-13 in the third quarter. Taylor heaved it down the right sideline and Watkins made a play for 62 yards to the Jacksonville 27. Three plays later, Taylor ran in from the seven to give Buffalo the lead back.
 
For once I liked the guts Rex Ryan showed late in the first half when he was faced with 4th and 1 from the Jags 13. Rookie Jonathan Williams got the call and he picked up six and the first down. LeSean McCoy took it from there and scored from the seven.
 
Between that score and the start of the second half, the Bills got it going. On the first play after intermission, McCoy embarked on the longest touchdown run of his career galloping 75 yards.
 
Buffalo’s inability to stop Jacksonville on third down kept the Jags in the game. The Jaguars were 8-of-15 on third down.

Down the stretch, Jacksonville got some awful calls from the referees. Nickell Robey-Coleman was all over a receiver, but no flag fell and it stalled one drive.
 
On Buffalo’s winning scoring drive, Tashuan Gipson had an interception on a tipped ball, but Prince Amukamara was called for pass interference anyway.
 
Four plays later, Justin Hunter used his huge frame to beat two Jags to the ball and a 16 yard touchdown. Hunter has seven catches as a Bill and four are for touchdowns.
 
The Bills were able to ice the game after Jacksonville screwed up its final drive. Facing 4th and 4 from the Buffalo 40, Jacksonville got flagged for delay of game. On 4th and 9, Marquise Lee came across on a short route and only picked up four of the nine yards.
 
The Bills iced it after picking up two key first downs. On 3rd and 7, Taylor hit Charles Clay for seven and on 3rd and 7 again, McCoy got nine yards and that was it.
 
McCoy had 103 yards on 19 carries which is 5.4 yards per carry. Buffalo rushed for 153 yards, but Jacksonville had 183 yards in the loss.
 
Chris Ivory was gauging them early. He had 44 yards on nine carries before leaving the game with an injury.
 
Watkins had three catches for 80 yards in his first game back.
 
Taylor was sacked five times and just couldn’t elude the pressure in this one. He only threw for 166 yards, but avoided the costly turnover.
 
Buffalo has started this key three game stretch with two wins. The final game of the stretch will be a tough one in Oakland. At 6-and-5, there isn’t much room for error.
 
Rex Ryan’s defense was getting blown off the ball early and often in this game. He made an embarrassing decision to try to pull Jacksonville offsides on a 4th-and-1. EJ Manuel had to blow a timeout just so they could punt.
 
Ryan also challenged a second quarter spot which he lost. Four plays later, he had to challenge a Allen Robinson catch which he won, but he once again had blown one timeout in the sequence and was out of challenges.
 
Buffalo was called for six penalties for 31 yards which is great for them, but two of those calls were defensive players lining up offsides. How can they not see where the ball is?
 
In the end the last two weeks have been wins. That’s all that matters, they don’t ask how pretty they are, they just ask how many.
 
I still think if they’re going to win in Oakland, it’s going to have to be a whole lot better.