Jaguars keep Bills in check, Trevor Lawrence avoids injury scare
The Jacksonville Jaguars surely feel relieved quarterback Trevor Lawrence is back in the game after leaving to the locker room. They should also feel good they’re tied 6-6 with the Buffalo Bills after two quarters of football in Week 9.
After nearly getting shut down in Week 8, the Jacksonville Jaguars are doing their best to keep up with the Buffalo Bills in Week 9. Late in the second quarter, it looked like their offense was going to take a significant blow as Trevor Lawrence went to the locker room after hurting his ankle. Fortunately for the Jags, he avoided major injury and was returned to the game just a few plays later.
The other side of the coin is that the Jags had a realistic shot to score before halftime but couldn’t seize it. They were on the Bills’ 20-yard line and Hyde fumbled the ball, which defensive end Jerry Hughes promptly recovered. While Lawrence was out, C.J. Beathard took over and kept the offense afloat, completing two passes for 33.
Not having running back James Robinson for the game wasn’t optimal but Carlos Hyde has done his best to replace him. Before fumbling the ball, he was doing a serviceable job, racking up eight carries for 27 yards in the first half.
Jaguars edge rusher Josh Allen sacks Bills quarterback Josh Allen.
Jaguars edge rusher Josh Allen made NFL history after sacking Bills quarterback Josh Allen. This is the first time a player with the same name sacks his namesake.
Another player that surprisingly made a big impact early in the game was defensive tackle Taven Bryan. After being a non-factor for most of the year, he played like the former first-round pick he is and got a sack early in the second quarter.
The Bills are without two starting linemen, guard Jon Feliciano and tackle Spencer Brown, and the Jags are wasting no time to pressure Allen. Even though they have logged just two-sack as a team, the defense has constantly disrupted the quarterbacks’ timing, constantly flushing him out of the pocket. Moreover, Jacksonville has held Buffalos’ high-gear offense to just six points in the first half.
The Jaguars are giving the Bills everything they got and have managed to keep up with them. The defense must continue to rattle Allen and the offense needs to do its part and score a few touchdowns. So far, their performance has been pleasant, they can’t afford to slow down now.