I don’t care that Jacksonville is 2-9, this was a good win for the Buffalo Bills.
Jacksonville’s defensive front seven is pretty good. The Jaguars didn’t let the Bills’ running game roll. And give the Jaguars credit for a good game plan. Nate Hackett, the ex-Bills aide calling the plays for the Jags, did a quality job on third downs to manufacture three scores.
So the Bills had to earn the victory. There were five lead changes in the second half. It was a quality NFL game.
Tyrod Taylor got the job done. He only threw for 166 yards. But he made an excellent throw to Justin Hunter for the winning touchdown pass. (Good leaping grab, too.) Taylor made a perfect throw on the 62-yard bomb to Sammy Watkins that set up the Bills third touchdown. That’s the second biggest difference between Taylor and Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles. Taylor throws a good deep ball; Bortles doesn’t. Taylor also rushed for 38 yards. (The biggest difference between Taylor and Bortles is Bortles is a turnover machine. Tyrod is not.)
If the Bills would have lost, it would have been pinned on Rex Ryan’s defense. The Bills’ defenders did just enough to win. Kyle Williams played another strong game.
The fans get to look forward to one more game (at least) that means something.
Obviously, Anthony Lynn and Taylor are going to have to be much better next week in Oakland. The Raiders’ defense isn’t nearly as good as Jacksonville’s. The Bills are going to need 30 points to win in Oakland.