Horrendous Day For E J Manuel In Buffalo Bills Loss
I hope the Buffalo Bills enjoyed their vacation in London because that's certainly how they played their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bills quarterback E J Manuel was expected to manage the game and don't lose it. But an absolutely awful first half is in large part why the Bills fell the Jaguars 34-31.
On consecutive plays Jacksonville scored defensive touchdowns on a Manuel fumble and an interception. Then on the very next possession Manuel threw another interception that the Jags turned into another touchdown. The Bills were in a 27-3 hole with 6 and a half minutes left in the first half.
To their credit, the Bills rallied and actually took the lead late in the game 31-27, but the supposed strength of the Bills - their defense - wasn't up to the challenge. The Jaguars drove 84 yards, aided by a highly questionable pass interference penalty, to score the winning touchdown. Jaguars running back T J Yeldon ran thru the Bills defense for 115 yards on 20 carries. Poor tackling is the biggest reason for Yeldon's success.
Manuel finished 24 of 42 for 298 yards and two touchdowns, but two interceptions and a fumble absolutely killed the Bills. After the third turnover most teams would have turned to their back-up, but with Matt Cassell having been traded away by General manager Doug Whaley, coach Rex Ryan had only Josh Johnson waiting in the wings - a guy who's been with the team just a week.
The bye week couldn't come at a better time. The Bills have a long list of injuries with quarterback Tyrod Taylor and receiver Sammy Watkins topping the list. With some luck, the Bills will have them back in two weeks when the Bills look to avoid their fourth straight loss at home when they host the Miami Dolphins.