Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Buffalo Bills: Pro Football Focus Recap


Dec 15, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Ace Sanders (18) celebrates with wide receiver Denard Robinson (16) and wide receiver Mike Brown (12) after a touchdown during the first half at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

After three straight wins, the Jacksonville Jaguars met their match in the Buffalo Bills and their monster running game. Fred Jackson, C.J. Spiller, and E.J. Manuel all had big days and wore out the Jacksonville defensive line. The Jaguars were competitive, but inconsistency and mistakes on offense ultimately doomed them.

Let’s take a look at the grades provided by our friends at Pro Football Focus. Here’s how week 15 played out according to PFF:

Best Overall Offensive Grades: Uche Nwaneri (+4.7), Clay Harbor (+0.8), Ace Sanders (+0.4)

Jordan Todman had a huge game in relief of Maurice Jones-Drew and he apparently has Uche to thank. Uche had a great day all around, but his run blocking grade (+2.6) really bolstered his overall rating. Trailing very far behind in the grades were Clay Harbor and Ace Sanders. Harbor had 3 receptions for 52 yards and is a nice complement to Marcedes Lewis as a receiver. Ace Sanders had a couple nice moves on his touchdown, but he only saw 3 balls thrown his way.

Best Overall Defensive Grades: Ryan Davis (+1.0), Dwayne Gratz (+0.7), Josh Evans (+0.5)

No one stood out defensively according to PFF’s grading system, but Ryan Davis did have a solid day and continues to play well since being called up. He had a QB hit and hurry in only 11 snaps. Gratz didn’t see too many balls but he only gave up one reception. Evans didn’t get a lot of snaps on the day and contributed mostly in run support.

Most Disappointing Grades: Cameron Bradfield (-4.2), Chad Henne (-3.4), Mike Brown (-2.9), Tyson Alualu (-3.6), Sen’Derrick Marks (-2.9), Winston Guy (-2.2)

There were plenty of negative grades to choose from, but Cameron Bradfield bottomed out thanks to a terrible pass blocking grade (-3.3). He was facing one of the best front sevens in the NFL, so he should get some leeway, but he was credited with giving up a sack and 4 QB hits. Chad Henne had a poor day overall but really had trouble throwing the ball deep down the field. He was 2 of 10 for 44 yards and two interceptions on passes over ten yards. Mike Brown got killed for his fumble, which came at a really inopportune time during the game.

It’s no surprise to see two defensive lineman at the bottom of the grading with the way Buffalo pounded the Jaguars on the ground. Alualu (-2.7) and Marks (-3.0) both got crushed in the run game despite providing some pass rush. Winston Guy was a mess on Sunday and it’s reflected in his poor coverage and run defense grades.

Other notes:

  • Despite a career day, Jordan Todman ended up with a less than stellar overall grade (-1.4). PFF apparently wasn’t impressed with his 1.1 yards after contact average and thinks he could have done more.
  • Austin Pasztor had a rough go of it against Mario Williams and company – he gave up a sack, a QB hit and 3 QB hurries. Still, Pasztor did a good job run blocking and helping Jordan Todman get around the edge to pick up yards.

– Daniel Lago

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