The Buffalo Bills (4-7) defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8) in a very tight, ugly game. Josh Allen was solid in his return with 259 total yards with two touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Bills defense had key plays throughout the game, registering three sacks and two interceptions. This kept Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles from getting into a rhythm, especially late in the game when his offensive line started to leave due to injuries.
Josh Allen led a five play, 75 yard touchdown drive in the middle of the first which was capped off by rookie receiver Isaiah McKenzie’s 6 yard rush to the right side which put the Bills up 7-0. After the Bills forced a three and out, Allen only needed three plays to double Buffalo’s lead 14-0. From the Bill’s 25, Josh Allen threw a 75 yard touchdown pass to rookie receiver Robert Foster as Allen was being taken down by three Jaguar defenders.
The Jag’s would find a rhythm in the second quarter and storm back to tie the game 14-14 thanks to the efforts of running back Leonard Fournette. He had a 5 yard touchdown run and a 1 yard touchdown run in this quarter as the Bills could not find a way to stop Fournette. Thankfully, the Fournette would stop himself as his day ended with 95 yards and two touchdowns late in the third as he would be disqualified for fighting.
It was a wild series of events for both teams. First, Buffalo cornerback Levi Wallace and Jacksonville receiver Donte Moncreif would not let go of the ball after the referees announced Moncreif’s catch a touchdown. Then there was some pushing and shoving, which ended with Leonard Fournette swinging at Shaq Lawson who had to defend himself which led to his ejection as well. After further review of Moncreif’s play, he was tackled at the one yard line. The Jaguars then went from first and goal to fourth and 24 which ended with a missed field goal which gave the Buffalo Bills all the momentum.
Allen would lead another touchdown drive, with a little help with some poor play from the Jaguars. After the Jags were penalized twice after two completed passes, Josh Allen would run straight through the heart of the Jaguar defense, breaking a couple of tackles and score a 14 yard rushing touchdown to make it 21-14 Buffalo.
A late game interception picked off by Jordan Poyer would translate to three more points as Stephen Hauschka capped off Buffalo’s scoring with a 22 yard field goal which made it 24-14. However, when the BOAT finally found his second wind as he marched the Jaguars down the field 70 yards in under two minutes to give Jacksonville life at 24-21.
At the end of the day, the Jaguars just couldn’t keep their composure. The Bills were standing victorious 24-21 as Josh Allen in his first game back gave Buffalo another W. Overall, it was an ugly game as far as penalties were concerned but an ugly win is still a win as someone might say.
The Bills will make a business trip to Miami next week to take on the Dolphins. The rest of this season is all about Josh’s development which is Sean McDermott’s way of saying “trust the process” without actually saying it. I am okay with it because this team is not playoff ready just yet. A couple or more years, a few key additions and then we may be talking January games.
Until then, go Bills!