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Offense Flat as Jags Lose at Home to Bills 20-16

While the Jags were able to overcome an early Bills 10-3 deficit, the team simply was overcome in the end by Trent Edwards and the Bills offense, falling Sunday 20-16 at home. The Bills trailed the Jags 16-10 in the fourth quarter, but Edwards put together two nice drives, one ending in a throwing score to rookie James Hardy that made it 17-16, and another that ended with a field goal with :24 to ice it.

With a makeshift offensive line, the Jags were again unable to do much rushing the football, as they were held to less than 100 yards (98). Fred Taylor ran for 49 yards on 14 carries, and Maurice Jones-Drew was held to 17 yards on 7 carries, though he get over for a score. David Garrard was 17-for-28 for 168 yards and an interception. Matt Jones was the leading WR with five catches for 50 yards.

The offense was held in check once they got going into Bills territory, and they had to settle for three Josh Scobee field goals, one from 28, another from 50, and a third from 39. His third FG gave the Jags a 16-10 lead with 14:31 left in the ball game, but Edwards and the Bills put those two drives together to send the home fans home unhappy, and drop the team to 0-2.

The Jags offense is totally inept right now with the line struggling. They had just 246 yards of offense, and even with holding the Bills to 285 yards, it was not enough to keep them from scoring 20 points, which on this day was enough for a win. The Jags run defense was solid, holding the Bills to 2.9 yards per carry on 26 carries for just 75 yards.

Marshawn Lynch was held to 59 yards on 19 carries. A big stat was the fact that the Jags D allowed the Bills to go 6-of-11 on third downs, while the Jags offense was just 2-for-11, even though they were 2-for-2 on fourth downs. Things don’t get easier, as the Jags travel to Indy next week to play the Colts.

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