1. Theyu2019re London veterans. The Jaguars will be the u201chomeu201d team Sunday in Wembley Stadium. The trip overseas will be their third in as many seasons. They havenu2019t had much luck in the first two, losing to San Francisco and Dallas (mascot Jaxson de Ville is pictured entering Wembley Stadium for the Cowboys game last season). Jacksonville, which dropped to 1-5 Sunday with a 31-20 loss to Houston, isnu2019t leaving for the game until Thursday, as opposed to the Bills, who departed after Sundayu2019s game against Cincinnati.
2. Doug Marrone has not performed any miracles. The former Bills coach (last seen with the Bills during this Dec. 29, 2014 press conference) is in charge of Jacksonvilleu2019s offensive line. Entering Week Six, the Jaguars ranked 27th in Football Outsidersu2019 offensive line rankings, which are based on the advanced statistic websiteu2019s adjusted line yards. Jacksonville ranks 30th in successful u201cpower runs,u201d which are defined as carries on third or fourth down of needing 2 or fewer yards that result in a first down or touchdown. The Jaguarsu2019 offensive line also ranks 23rd in Football Outsidersu2019 pass-blocking efficiency, with an adjusted sack rate (a measure of sacks and intentional grounding penalties per pass attempt, adjusted for down, distance and opponent) of 7.2 percent.
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3. The ground game suffered without T.J. Yeldon. Perhaps itu2019s not surprising because of the aforementioned problems with the offensive line, but the Jaguarsu2019 rushing attack really struggled without Yeldon on Sunday against the Texans. A second-round pick out of Alabama, Yeldon leads Jacksonville with 291 yards on the ground and his 15 catches ranked third on the team going into Week Six. In his absence, Jacksonville running backs combined for 17 carries and just 45 yards against the Texans.
4. Julius Thomas is finding his footing. The Jaguarsu2019 high-priced tight end found the end zone for the first time this season with a 29-yard touchdown reception Sunday. Thomas was left wide open by the Texans and caught a pass from Blake Bortles at the Houston 8-yard line, then waltzed into the end zone. Thomas missed the Jaguarsu2019 first four games because of a broken hand suffered on the second play of the preseason. He signed a five-year contract worth up to $46 million in the offseason that made him the NFLu2019s highest-paid tight end, coming over from the Denver Broncos. He finished with seven catches for 78 yards on a team-high 13 targets.
5. Paul Posluszny remains a tackling machine. Since leaving the Bills as a free agent after the 2010 season, Posluszny has continued to be a solid, if unspectacular player. Posluszny finished with a team-high 10 tackles Sunday, giving him 49 for the season in five games played. The knock on him in Buffalo also remains true: Posluszny doesnu2019t make a lot of big plays. He has just one interception this year, no sacks and no forced fumbles or fumble recoveries.
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Friday, October 23, 2015
News Sports Reporter Jay Skurski gets you in the know about the Buffalo Bills' opponent in Sunday morning's game from London.