Jaguars defeat Bills in a strange game


The Jaguars annihilated the Buffalo Bills today, but it was a strange game to watch. It was like watching the Denver, San Diego and Indianapolis game all in one. Let me elaborate:

Just like in the Denver game, Jacksonville had perfect field position all game. If they didn’t start from the 50 yard line, something was wrong. They had a return game today that had to be the best of all time. Deji Kareem returned in a huge way but more on that later.

Just like in the San Diego game, the Jaguars turned the ball over so many times. First was a Mike Thomas fumble off the first punt. Then David had the pass tipped at the line for an interception. Then David took a bad snap on 4th and one and fumbled. It was the same comedy of errors that ran us into the abyss in San Diego.

Just like in the Indianapolis game, David was perfect after the interception. A QB rating of 123 or something close was near perfect football. David hit Marcedes for two touchdowns in beautiful throws. Just when you thought Mike Sims-Walker was going to be shut out again, Bam,,, David found him time and again and then for a touchdown. David was good today.

But that wasn’t what lifted my spirits. I was happy watching the Jaguars today for one reason, they were playing their best team today. Again, let me explain:

Just like in the Denver game when Derek Cox was pulled and David Jones saved the day, David Jones was horrible and Derek Cox came in and saved the day.  The running game was superb today and I think it is because of one reason, the return of Vince Manuwai. Vince and Eugene had a great chemistry going and the Jaguars ran at will today. David had almost perfect protection. I never bought into the Justin Smiley idea and it was great to see Vince in the line-up.

I thought we would see CJ Spiller versus Maurice Jones Drew today. Instead we saw Fred Jackson verses Deji Karim. If I didn’t know anything about past history or draft order, I would swear Deji Karim was a higher draft choice than CJ Spiller. I wold have also assumed Fred Jackson was a star running back and MJD was a journeyman.  I saw great running today but not from the stars, from the back-ups. Deji Karim has fresh legs and was a more effective runner than Maurice. He had some ungodly 148 yards in returns alone. WOW.

Aaron Kampman was a one man wrecking crew today. In the first series, he sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick. Then he tipped a screen pass away as he came charging in. Then he dropped Ryan Fitzpatrick on the one yard line for a 9 yard sack. He even played coverage today. He was fantastic.

Derek Cox was excellent. Let me repeat that, Derek Cox was excellent. What kind of stupid game was Jack playing that kept him off the field? He played his butt off today and almost shut down Lee Evans on long patterns. I was glad he and Vince Manuwai were in the game.

What else was fantastic? Josh Scobee was fantastic. There is no hotter kicker in football right now. When he got to kick a simple 40 yard field goal it was almost laughable. One time I saw he didn’t put it down the middle. One time the ball was not perfect between the uprights. The field goal was still good, but it leaned left. That was his only fault, a field goal was a little left. WOW!

What else did we see today? I guess David Garrard’s wife Mary is now calling the plays. Apparently she cornered Dirk Koetter and reamed him out for not letting David run. Now David runs when no one is open.  He doesn’t take a sack, he runs his butt off. About time. I think Dirk Koetter needs an assistant anyway and if Mary Garrard is it, so be it.

What else? The Jaguars were lucky as well today. Three times the Bills committed red zone penalties and took themselves out of scoring opportunities. They had to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns. If they had scored touchdowns when they were within five yards, this would have been a nail bitter. The Jaguars may have played well sometimes, but they also got lucky it was Buffalo. This game teetered on another San Diego game.

What else? The Mike Thomas reverse was the weapon of choice today. They ran it three times and I think the least they got was 5 yards.

Overall, David had great protection from his line. Meanwhile Ryan Fitzpatrick was under pressure constantly. I will give Ryan credit for picking up and beating blitzes. I think it is clear why he is the choice over Trent Edwards, that bad decision Gene made. Ryan did throw one pass that skipped off the ground to Roscoe Parrish but because it was a backward pass, he picked it up and ran with it.

Overall, the Jaguar defense had its moments, but was a bunch of holes for people to run through. Up the middle running concerned me the most. As for the offense, I still insist Maurice Jones Drew is not right. He didn’t look like he has the same spark we saw in his rookie through year four years. The Bi-Polar David Garrard was at his best today with good protection, and Mike Sims-Walker got some love.

The Jaguars have problems, but they took care of business. They played a strange but ultimately successful game.

And how did you see it?

- Terry O’Brien

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  • zoltanfrombudapest

    I’m glad we not saw another hangover game. But this will be not enough against the very good looking Titans on MNF.

    David is tied for 2nd place with Brady; Rodgersand Rivers in TD passes! And he had his 3rd 115+ QB rated game.

    I hope MJD’s injury is not serious because he will be needed.

    The Jags are 4th in Rushing yards/game ahead of the Titans for example! They are second in rushing yards!!!

    The O-line looking good; but the real test will come in the next 3 weeks for them; with Titans; KC and Dallas on the horizon.

    Al 4 teams in the AFC South is tied with 3-2 = sttrongest division of the NFL! MNF will be BIG!

    (I corrected Karim’s name everywhere in the article Terry.(

    • jagsoldier

      I hope DG gets his confidence going and he starts taking shots farther down field. I loved a lot of what I saw today but there are some worries too.
      I think MJD is doing ok, a lot of his problems are from play calling in my opinion and the fact that teams still do not fear the pass. DG must make bigger plays.
      Lewis is solid and I hope he is a Jaguar for a long time.
      Kampman equals best free agent signing ever.
      Karim might be MJD 2.0. Both lines are great except for the interior blocking. The secondary didnt look like a weakness today, of course they were playing the Bills. The most important thing though is that this team is definitely getting better each week. A few more drafts and a gunslinger QB and we will be super bowl contenders.

  • surteal

    i agree about MJD

    im wondering if jennings gets demoted

    and whats the injury? anyone know?

  • Patrick

    I liked most of what you said, but really? Fitzpatrick is not better than anyone. So you didn’t notice the quick pass to the sideline that was off by about 10 yards. Other than your assessment of him, and nothing is wrong with MoJo. Even after he hurt his hand, he was in the next series. So you think they would put in a star player, that was previously hurt and then hurt yesterday, back into the game? Lets be rational. He’s top star, then its a tie between Lewis and Scobbee

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      Patrick,

      I think MoJo is a good player, but I am comparing him to himself last year and before. He doesn’t look the same. He looks like a good dependable back right now. Deji looked like old MoJo.

      As for Fitzpatrick, I saw the dumb pass, but ask the people in Buffalo who they would rather have. It is Fitzpatrick by a large margin.

  • Derrick

    Very strange game indeed. After the fumbled punt I knew that Koetter would want to come out throwing and Garrard would throw an INT. Then, when that actually happened I thought it was going to be a long game. I was thoroughly surprised at the fact the team bounced back and thumped their way to victory. Good game Jags!

    Note to Koetter, on 3rd and 1, stop with the option. Although it can be effective, it annoys me even when it works.

    • http://www.blackandteal.com tkopa

      100% agree. I was surprised they righted the ship as well, but give a bit of credit to Buffalo blowing red zone opportunities. They kept the game close until the Jaguars could get it together.

      If Buffalo had scored touchdowns instead of two early field goals, it would have been a fight that we remembered a long time.

      Good game Jags! But you need to be much better to challenge for the Division!

  • Preston

    Cox was terrible in pre-season and in the first game. I think we all need to stop questioning why it took so long for JDR to put him back in at CB and applaud him for doing what was necessary to get Derrick Cox back to playing the way he’s capable.