At the moment these two teams are a combined 3-8. Before the start of the season, many people predicted the Bills to sit atop the Brady-less Patriots in the AFC EAST because of their dynamic, dominant defence being able to force turnovers at will. These same people predicted that this season needs to be one of progress under Gus Bradley for the Jags because he’s been there 3 years with no more than 4 wins being the usual finish for the team. Like the Bills, they went into free agency for a playmaker. They decided on Julius Thomas from the Broncos, who is a wonderful player but he has been injured to start the season for them which is not exactly what Blake Bortles wanted as you can’t create chemistry with a player not on the field.
So the Bills come into this game having been both physically and tactically overwhelmed by the 6-0 Bengals, and wanting to improve their record to 4-3. A loss here against the Jags would put them at 3-4 in the AFC EAST, where the Patriots are 5-0 and the Jets are 4-1. This would effectively end their division chances or at least the chance for a wild card spot. So to win this match they overall need to just cut down on committing penalties on offence and defence. It has been killing their drives recently as they have committed the most in the league. Also they need to run the ball to kill the clock on Blake Bortles and his playmakers on the outside. As TJ Yeldon is injured it puts into place Toby Gelhart. I reckon that they won’t be running the ball anytime soon against this Bills front seven. This gives their offence more time on the field to hopefully rack up the points. Without their triplets we will see how that goes…..
On the flip side, the Jags desperately need Blake Bortles to stop throwing pick 6s. He has the most so far in the season and had the most in his rookie season last year. The one he threw last week against the Texans was back-breaking to their hopes of a second win of the season. His box score for the past couple of weeks has looked impressive but as always looks can be deceiving and the only thing that you should turn your eyes to is the win-loss column where the Jags are 1-5. The Jags’ receivers have been on the upside with Allen Robinson looking like a superstar in their loss to the Texans at home.
Finally a matchup I’m looking forward to is the Bills’ cornerbacks Stephon Gillmore and rookie Ronald Darby going up against Allen Robinson and Marquise Lee. Whoever wins this matchup will go a long way in deciding the outcome of the game. So I’m predicting a loud, passionate atmosphere at Wembley this Sunday with the Bills coming away with a win 28-27 over a 300 yard 3 touchdown performance from Blake Bortles.