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First quarter analysis: Bills, Jaguars battle for field position

The first quarter had the makings of a low-scoring, field-position battle between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars.

The opening 15 minutes featured five punts, which at least meant it was a good start for the Bills' defense. The unit yielded just 27 yards on its first two drives, forcing the Jaguars to go three-and-out on their first possession after a bad third-down drop from running back Leonard Fournette. Punter Colton Schmidt had a strong quarter, pinning the Jaguars back for drive starts on their own 9, 13 and 11-yard line.

The Bills' offense opened with a heavy dose of play-action but struggled to gain yardage against the Jaguars' stout defense, punting from their own side of the field three times. Their second possession ended on a fourth-and-1 from their own 44, where coach Sean McDermott opted to play for field position.

Run game struggles: The Bills ran nine times for 20 yards in the first quarter. LeSean McCoy, who was questionable with an ankle injury, ran seven times for 12 yards.

Incognito, Clay injured: Bills Pro Bowl left guard Richie Incognito, who played 98.9 percent of the team's offensive snaps this season, suffered a shoulder injury and was questionable to return; Ryan Groy replaced him. Tight end Charles Clay was also questionable with a hamstring injury.

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