Buffalo Takes Care of Business in Dominating Fashion Against the Jaguars
40 yards. FORTY yards. That’s how many yards the Buffalo defense allowed against the Jaguars in week 14. After spending almost 14 minutes of time on the field, the Buffalo defense allowed 20 yards of rushing and 20 yards of passing in the entire game, along with 4 offensive first downs. This has to be one of the most dominating performances by an NFL defense in history. The Jaguars just couldn’t get any rhythm going on the ground, averaging only 2 yards per carry on 10 attempts. Lawrence had his worst game of his NFL career due in large part to the overwhelming pressure of rookie edge rusher Kwity Paye who recorded 4 sacks on the game. The Bills defense also forced 3 interceptions in the game, but it wasn’t just the interceptions that lead to such a stellar pass defense. It was lockdown coverage all across the board. Lawrence ended the game completing only 9 of 23 passes and had a QB rating of 8.5. With 43 yards on his interception return, Bills CB Ahkello Witherspoon was actually Trevor Lawrence’s leading receiver in the game…oof.
It wasn’t just all sunshine and rainbows for the Bills though, as we had the opportunity to ask Coach Arbuckle a few questions and he was quite displeased with his offense.
Question: Absolute domination from your defense and a message sending 45-14 win over a Jaguars team that is contending for a playoff spot. What kind of feelings are you taking away from this game?
Answer: 45 to 14 only sends a message in the headlines. If you watch the film of the way our defense played, you would be baffled at how we only won by 31 points. But then you see our offense and you find out exactly how. Our defense forces 3 turnovers and only allows 4 first downs the entire game and our offense can only muster 45 points because they can’t get out of their own way. 4 interceptions by Josh Allen just isn’t going to cut it. We can’t rely on our defense to come out in the playoffs and hold the opposing team to under 50 yards every game. I’m going to have to go back to the drawing board with our offense to figure out a way to avoid all of these interceptions every week, because this won’t win us any games in the playoffs.
Question: I know 4 interceptions from your QB can be troubling, but he also managed to throw for 4 touchdowns while throwing for almost 400 yards and getting 8 different players involved with receptions. Is this maybe a situation where you have to just take the good with the bad?
Answer: Taking the good with the bad is how good teams stay good and never become great. You see the talent we have on our roster on both sides of the ball. We have a shutdown defense with multiple playmakers under 27. We have an offense that has a stout offensive line and players on pace to top 1,000 yards receiving. With all of this talent, and the unbelievable talent of Josh Allen, we won’t accept anything less than Hall of Fame type performances from him each and every game. The bar is set very high in our building and it isn’t coming down for anybody. We have confidence that Allen will grow to fulfill the expectations we have for him.
Question: Knox once again tallies up over 100 yards on double digit receptions and finds the endzone. Was it the gameplan to feature him as the main target in today’s game?
Answer: It actually was something we adjusted to on the fly during the first drive. We hadn’t seen that much man coverage from the Jaguars before on film so our gameplan going in wasn’t designed around beating man. However, once we figured out the Jaguars weren’t getting away from 2 man and cover 1, then we were able to identify Knox as a mismatch on their Linebackers and Allen kept feeding him the ball throughout the game. It was a great in-game adjustment by our playcaller and by Allen and Knox.
The Bills will have their toughest test of their new coach’s young career in week 15 when they travel to Tennessee to take on Derrick Henry and the Titans. At 9-4, the Bills need only 1 win in their final 3 games to clinch a playoff spot as the Texans and Jaguars both can only finish with 10 wins at the most and both have lost to the Bills in head to head matches. This is a playoff game for the Bills as they look to finish their sweep of the AFC South.