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Jacksonville vs. Buffalo : History and Interesting Facts


 

 

All-time record:

Jacksonville vs. Buffalo History                  6-6 (including playoffs)

Jags Home Record       3 – 2               Bills Home Record      3 – 4

Jags Avg. score            21.2                 Bills Avg. score             21.3

Interesting Facts:

The 1996 playoff game in which the Jaguars shocked the heavily favored Bills holds many interesting facts.

It was the first time the two franchises played each other.

The Jags handed the Bills their first playoff loss ever in Rich Stadium.

The Jags knocked Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly out of the game with a concussion.

That ended up being Kelly’s final game.

 

All six games won by the Bills were with a different QB behind the center.

1998 – Doug Flutie

2001 – Rob Johnson

2003 – Drew Bledsoe

2006 – J. P. Losman

2008 – Trent Edwards

2012 – Ryan Fitzpatrick

 

The Jags and the Bills have an interesting connection in Rob Johnson:

The Jags drafted the QB in the 4th round of the 1995 inaugural draft.

He sat and mostly watched for the first two years as a backup.

Mark Brunell, the starter, was hurt in the second preseason game of the 1997 season and Rob Johnson started the remainder of the preseason.

Starting the first game of the 1997 season, Johnson completed 20 of 24 passes for 294 yds. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. That performance is still the highest completion percentage in any debut performance by a QB in the history of the NFL.

Brunell would return and Johnson got limited time for the remainder of the season.

The Jags would trade Rob Johnson before the 1998 season to the Bills in exchange for a first and fourth round pick in that year’s draft.

The 1st round pick ended up being 9th overall and the Jags used it to draft Fred Taylor out of the University of Florida. Taylor went on to play eleven seasons for the Jags and is now in their “Ring of Fame”.

Rob Johnson played four injury-riddled seasons with the Bills going 12-17 as a starter before being allowed to leave as a free agent.

 

Sunday’s matchup and game prediction:

The Bills (4-9) travel to Everbank Field for a 1pm matchup against the Jaguars (4-9).  The Jags have won four of their last five games. The Bills have lost four of their last five. Advantage Jags

The Bill enter the game about as healthy as they’ve been all season. The Jags injury list included Maurice Jones-Drew, Cecil Shorts, Brad Meester, Jason Babin, Sen’Derrick  Marks, Roy Miller, and Josh Scobee.  Advantage Bills 

The Bills are 1-5 on the road this year.  The Jags are 1-4 at home. Advantage NO ONE!

Looking at the statistics, the dismal record at home, and all the injury concerns, any rationally intelligent person would be picking the Bills. But I’m feeling a little crazy lately. There’s no doubt we are the hotter team right now. It’s not hyperbole to state we appear at times to be a team of destiny. I was ready to write this season off just five weeks ago as the worst in team history. But now…PLAYOFFS BABY!!!!!

Final Score – Buffalo Bills 16, Jacksonville Jaguars 21

 

Completely biased article by Michael McDonald

Feel free to call me a homer on twitter @gumbussy

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  • chas territo

    It’s too ez to make that choice. I am a diehard Bills fan, so, I see the Bills winning this game 23-6. GO BILLS!!

    • Terry O’Brien

      Did you predict that in the last 4 games as well?

      • chas territo

        lmao! Pretty close to that score for maybe 5 different games, 1 we won and therest? Well you know what they were. Terry, my undying faith, devotion, belief and fanness keeps me hoping. I will continue having those 4 things every damn week of my life. Good catch tho, you show class and a good memory. You go, terry. GO BILLS!!

        • Terry O’Brien

          When I was a small boy, I went to War Memorial Stadium to root for Jack Kemp and Cookie Gillrist. Cookie would drive around Buffalo in a car with a bumper sticker saying “Lookie Lookie, here come Cookie”. My dad and I would cheer when Daryl Lamonica came in the game. A small piece of me still loves to see the Bills win and I hoped for an AFC East Championship for them. Sunday I would be elated to see a Jags win, Next week I would enjoy a Bills win. Your defense is our toughest challenge to date. The question is can we keep EJ Manuel off balance enough to prevent 23 points. Thank you Chas.

          • chas territo

            Terry, When i was 8-9 years old, my father took me to the “rock Pile” to watch practices.After one of those practices, there was an autograph section set up for fans. I was so excited meeting and talking youthful stupid things to some of these player, hey I was a kid. lol. This one time we met Cookie, wow, Cookie Gilchrist!! My father asked for autographs for us, gladly and graciously he signed them! Then my father asked him to pose for a photo with me, he accepted. Then Cookie asked my father if it would be ok to run around with me on his shoulders, my father said sure, go ahead. He not only had me on his shoulders running for about 10 yards, then he ran some cuts and weaves as if in a game. Well from that moment on a new fan was born.Me!! 47 years a fan, 47 years of tears and joy, but still i’m hooked as a fan!! GO BILLS!!

          • Terry O’Brien

            We went to the same games. God Bless you and stay a Bills fan forever. Cookie Gilchrist loved being a Buffalo Bill.