Bills vs Jaguars Preview
Who: Buffalo Bills (3-7) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-7)
When: Sunday, November 25th 1:00 p.m.
Where: New Era Field
The Bills welcome the Jaguars to town for a post Thanksgiving game. Although both the Bills and Jaguars have 3-7 records, this game still has excitement surrounding it. For starters, Bills’ starting Quarterback Josh Allen returns to game action after missing the last four games with an elbow injury. Additionally, this is also the first time these two teams have met since Jaguars star Cornerback called Josh Allen “trash”. Lastly, the Bills will try and beat the team who knocked them out of the playoffs last year.
Both of these teams are clearly out of the playoffs and each have their own questions surrounding the quarterback position. For the Jaguars, is Blake Bortles their starting quarterback moving forward, or are they better off signing someone off the street and going from there. And then obviously for the Bills, is Josh Allen your franchise Quarterback. Although that question will not be fully answered over the course of the next six weeks, the Bills should receive some indication either way on Allen’s progression moving forward. Realistically, young Quarterbacks need around 25-30 games before you can say if they will be a formidable Quarterback in the league or not. If Allen finishes this year out, he’ll be right around 11.5-12 games given Peterman started Week 1, and finished the Texans game after Allen was injured.
Knowing that the remaining six games of the 2018 season are evaluation games, the Bills need to and will continue to play their young players. Guys like Wyatt Teller, Taron Johnson, Robert Foster, Matt Milano, Jason Croom, and Harrison Phillips will all see their fair share of game time, barring any sort of injury. The Bills will also need to be aware of the fine line between tanking the rest of season and losing credibility in the locker room and winning meaningless games and receiving a lower draft position.
As of this game, this should be a low scoring affair, with both teams having really good defenses and subpar offensive fire power. Expect the teams to trade several punts similar to last year’s playoff game, while keeping the ball primarily on the ground. This one is tough to predict, but I’ll give the Bills the slight advantage solely off of the fact they are coming off a bye week and the fans should be fully in the game given how well Buffalo sports have been playing as of late.
Bills - 20 Jaguars - 14