Report card: Bills lose 10-3 to Jags
By: Nick Wojton
The roller coaster has come to its conclusion.
After breaking their 17-year playoff drought, the Buffalo Bills Bills were unable to add anything further to their 2017 season as Buffalo fell 10-3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While making the postseason was a shocker, the way the Bills exited it was not. A sloppy offensive effort that was given a new life over and over by the defense.
With that, here’s how the Bills graded out in their loss to the Jags:
Another ugly effort. Tyrod Taylor played against a stout defense, the second-best overall in the NFL this Sunday. But he still left you wanting more. Taylor went 17-for-37 for 134 yards with an interception. That’s a terrible 3.6 yards-per-pass. The cherry on top was taking the pass option on a run-pass option play called from the goal line. And let’s not forget: Nathan Peterman escaped with an interception of his own as well.
Running backs: B+
LeSean McCoy had a strong day with 119 yards from scrimmage, 75 of which came on the ground. In an otherwise lackluster day, Shady was a bright spot. Behind him, Mike Tolbert was ineffective on the ground and Marcus Murphy didn’t even get a carry.
Wide receivers/ tight ends: D
They were on the field and that’s about the start and finish of it. Wide out Deonte Thompson had a drop and so did tight end Nick O’Leary. Thompson added a hold on a long-gainer by McCoy, too. Overall, no one else made a play besides McCoy for Buffalo’s offense.
Offensive line: C
Taylor was hit six times overall, two for sacks. It was a tall task against Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, and yes, Marcell Dareus on the Jacksonville defensive line. As prior mentioned, McCoy did have some room, which he had help with.
Defensive line: B+
Blake Bortles was brought down twice and hit five times in total. But the impressive part was shutting down the NFL’s top rushing attack this year (141.4 yards-per-game). Leonard Fournette had 57 yards on 21 carries.
Lorenzo Alexander stood out multiple times with a sack and big tackle on a goal line stand. Otherwise, Bortles did rush for a career-high 88 yards on 10 carries and Ramon Humber, Matt Milano’s replacement, was beat by reserve tight end Ben Koyack on the lone touchdown on the day.
Outside of dropped interceptions by Tre’Davious White and Colt Anderson, it was another stellar day by Buffalo’s secondary. Bortles actually out-ran his own arm with only 87 passing yards.
Special teams: A
Stephen Hauschka hit his own field goal, Colton Schmidt have five punts inside the 20, heck, even Brandon Tate had a few return yards on punts.