Bills vs Jaguars Recap
Josh Allen returned to the starting lineup and helped guide the Bills to a 24-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Allen finished the day going 8-19 for 160 yards and a touchdown, but also added 99 yards and another touchdown on the ground. Allen and the rest of the Bills’ offense started out strong, but made plays as they needed them throughout the rest of the game.
If you don’t follow either of these teams closely, you may have been surprised with how chippy the game turned in the second half. One of the highlights from this game came as the Jaguars thought they had just scored on touchdown on a Moncrief catch; however, he was downed at the Bills one-yard line. What happened after that was pure chaos. Moncrief and Bills Cornerback Levi Wallace were tangled up with one another and both refused to let the other and the ball go. Several Bills and Jaguars players quickly came to the aide of their teammate. During the inevitable trash talking as they two players were still battling for the ball, words quickly turned to shoves and shoves turned into full out punches between Leonard Fournette and Shaq Lawson, both of whom were ejected.
Bills’ Head Coach Sean McDermott said after the game that he didn’t expect his players to back down when challenged. Shaq Lawson embodied that persona to the point that he continued trying to fight Fournette in the tunnel on their way to their respective locker rooms. Although most of the media will talk about the fight and the pending fines and possible suspensions for the two, we cannot let that overshadow some of the Bills stellar performances.
Rookie Wide Receiver, Robert Foster picked up his big play ability catching two passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. Foster was injured on his last catch, being evaluated for a potential concussion. Additionally, Isaiah McKenzie carried the ball twice gaining 8 yards and a touchdown to go along with his two catches for 11 yards. McKenzie really provides the Bills a much needed spark on special teams, anything he does offensively is just gravy at this point.
Tremaine Edmunds, Lorenzo Alexander, Matt Milano, Kyle Williams, and Jordan Poyer all had nice days on defense holding Bortles to only 127 passing yards, some of which were gained in garbage time. They will need to work on the run defense, but the Jaguars interior offensive line and Fournette are among the best in the league.
The Bills will travel to Miami next week to take on the Dolphins.