Know Your Enemy: Previewing the Bills

Oct 16, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Justin Hunter (17) jumps in the stands after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at New Era Field. Buffalo beat San Francisco 45-16. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

This week, the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills. The Bills, who are currently 5-5, look at this game as a chance to get back in the playoff hunt. The Jaguars though, are the farthest thing from a playoff team without being the Browns. Let’s look at what we as Jaguars fans should expect in this matchup.

Buffalo’s offense is like Jekyll and Hyde. They have the league’s second-best running game, but are dead last in passing yards. The Jaguars have a great pass defense, but a less-than-stellar run defense. That should make things interesting this Sunday. Running back LeSean McCoy is ninth in the NFL with 716 rushing yards. Stopping him will be very important to secure a victory. The Bills’ passing attack may be aided by the return of Sammy Watkins, whom Rex Ryan has declared questionable for this week. If Watkins does end up playing this week, then the Jaguars will have the difficult task of stopping him.


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The Bills have three dangerous defensive players who have been lighting up stat sheets this year. Linebacker Zach Brown in fifth in tackles with 101, while fellow linebacker Lorenzo Alexander is in a three-way tie for most sacks with 10. These two have quietly emerged as cornerstones of this Buffalo defense, which is 12th in total yards allowed. They have allowed an average of 21.5 points per game. It also helps that the Bills have cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who is third in the NFL with four interceptions. They also have solid pieces like Ronald Darby, Jerry Hughes and recently-returned rookie Shaq Lawson. Lawson has two sacks in his first three games back from injury, so watch out for him to explode against a dismal Jacksonville o-line.

The Jaguars could put up a fight against the Bills, since McCoy and Watkins are both dealing with injuries. However, don’t raise your expectations too high for this one.

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