Jags Feasting on the Downtrodden Bills, 18-15
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Posted Nov 22, 2009
Charlie Bernstein


The Jacksonville Jaguars won their fourth consecutive game and sixth in 10 tries this season as they defeated the Buffalo Bills, 18-15.

The less than spectacular victory left many wondering if the Jags won the game or if the Bills indeed lost the game? The end result is that it really doesn't matter because if the season were to conclude today, the Jaguars would be in the playoffs.

Before Jaguars fans get too excited, this is a team with severe flaws that have and will show up against better competition. Quarterback David Garrard played terrible for the better part of three and a half quarters; The team still has a very poor pass rush, and there are major issues at safety.

The Jaguars beat the now 3-7 Bills, but Buffalo may have showed the rest of the league an easy way to defend Jacksonville. Just stop Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew had just 66 yards on 25 carries, and whenever he touched the football, there were a host of Bills defenders waiting to take him down.

"This guy is unbelievable in the run game and in the pass game," Bills interim head coach Perry Fewell said about the Jaguars great back. "We had to do something to take him away. I told the defensive coordinator you better take the guy away today."

Even though the Jaguars weren't doing much offensively, the defense mostly bent, but didn't break and kept the team in the game, allowing just three field goals and a touchdown. The Jaguars benefited from the whistle as the Bills were flagged six times for 43 yards including not one, but two penalties that reversed Buffalo touchdowns.

"We were just trying to keep our offense in rhythm and we know once they get into rhythm its hard to be stopped and we got them the ball at the end," Jaguars rookie defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said.

On the Jaguars final offensive possession, they drove down the field 68 yards on 12 plays for the winning score, as David Garrard found Mike Sims-Walker wide open in the end zone from three yards away. Sims-Walker led the team in receiving again with eight catches for 91 yards.

"They made their share of plays," Bills veteran cornerback Terrence McGee said. "They did it when they needed to."

The combined record of the teams Jacksonville has defeated is 19-39. The closest thing to a quality win came against Houston, who is currently 5-4 and the Texans were down a starting corner in that game. The Jaguars have defeated three of the worst teams in the NFL, St. Louis, Kansas City and Buffalo by a combined nine points.

"That's the way it is in this league," Jaguars center Brad Meester said about being in close games each week. "There are always going to be close games no matter who you play; they're going to come down to the end. It's those teams that find a way to get it done at the very end that are going to prevail."

The Jaguars have been unimpressive in most of their six victories, and blown out in three of their four losses. Still, their 6-4 record looks the same as the Pittsburgh Steelers and although they are beating up on the downtrodden, at least they're winning.



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