TALE OF THE TAPE

Week 13: Jacksonville Jaguars At Buffalo Bills

Jaguars
Bills
Jacksonville Jaguars v Carolina Panthers
Philadelphia Eagles v Buffalo Bills
Quarterback
The Jaguars have gotten a lift with the change at quarterback. While Blaine Gabbert has solid tools to work with, he is not yet a dependable player. As a result, head coach Mike Mularkey has given Chad Henne a shot. Henne has performed well above expectations and has thrown the ball with accuracy, velocity and fearlessness.
Winner Ryan Fitzpatrick is a decent short-to-medium range passer, reads defenses well and can evade the rush with his quick feet. He seems to be at his best at home, and he usually comes out of the gate firing. The Bills have a decent ground game, but they need to Fitzpatrick to be sharp early if they are going to have a good chance at a home win.
Offense
The Jaguars have been at a disadvantage all year because Maurice Jones-Drew has been sidelined. It’s quite likely that his foot injury keep him out yet again vs. the Bills. The wide receiver duo of Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon has come alive in recent week. Shorts has explosive run-after-the-catch ability, while Blackmon should eventually become a star.
Winner C. J. Spiller continues to run with power and speed for the Bills. He had a 107-yard effort against the Colts and has the ability to break tackles and make big runs. Wide receiver Stevie Johnson is the team’s home run hitter. He caught six passes for 106 yards against the Colts, but he could not find the endzone. Tight end Scott Chandler has dependable hands and can be a solid complementary receiver.
Defense
Winner The Jaguars are not one of the more talented defensive teams in the league, but they are well-coached and well-positioned. Linebacker Paul Posluszny is going to prevent big running plays and will sell out to make the tackle. Safety Dawan Landry reads the play well and is also a big hitter.
The Bills have problems hanging in there when they face a high-level offense. The Jaguars don’t qualify, so the Bills have a chance to play one of their better defensive games. After a slow start, defensive end Mario Williams is starting to come around. He had 3.0 sacks against the Colts and has reached 8.5 sacks for the season.
Special Teams
The Jaguars have struggled with their return teams throughout the season and that’s been a negative. Josh Scobee is a dependable placekicker while punter Bryan Anger has a strong leg and can pin opponents in deep on many of his punts.
Winner The Bills had gotten solid play from their special teams coverage units until they gave up a punt return for a score to T.Y. Hilton of the Colts in Week 12. Leodis McKelvin is one of the best punt returners in the league, while Brad Smith is a threat as a kickoff returner.

The Winner Is

Philadelphia Eagles v Buffalo Bills
Winner Bills
3 out of 4

The Bills haven’t had many opportunities to win games in recent weeks, so getting the Jaguars at home is an opportunity Chan Gailey’s team must take advantage of. Fitzpatrick often gets off to a hot start at home and that could be what the Bills need to secure a win.

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: (FILES)This undated file photo shows US baseball star Jackie Robinson as he signs a then-record contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers in New York. Robinson has been chosen to receive posthumously the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress can bestow on a US civilian, 02 March 2005, for his accomplishments on the baseball diamond, as well as "his lifetime of breaking down barriers and his unending fight for justice," officials on Capitol Hill said in an earlier press release. US Senator John Kerry and US Representative Richard Neal, who co-sponsored legislation honoring Robinson, will be joined by the ballplayer's widow Rachel Robinson, US President George W. Bush and congressional leaders at the ceremony. Robinson broke baseball's "color line", becoming the first African American to play in the Major Leagues when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Officials in Congress said however that he is also being honored for his contributions to the broader struggle for civil rights. (Photo Credit: Mike Powell/Getty Images)
    Best Two-Sport Athletes Of All Time

    With Tim Tebow getting a baseball deal, Starkey and Mueller drafted the best two-sport athletes of all time.

  2. OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons signals to his team during their NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints hands off to Mark Ingram #22 during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
    Week 3 Tale Of The Tape: Atlanta Falcons At New Orleans Saints

    The NFC South rivals meet in the Big Easy with Brees and company looking for their first win.

  3. CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Danny Trevathan #59 and Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears
stop Ryan Mathews #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles
at Soldier Field on September 19, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Eagels defeated the Bears 29-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with teammates center Travis Frederick #72 and offensive guard La\'el Collins #71 after scoring a third quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 18, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
    Week 3 Tale Of The Tape: Chicago Bears At Dallas Cowboys

    The Cowboys rookies have looked good the first two weeks, now they get the winless and injury plagued Bears at home.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Pittsburgh

Bringing You The Best in Sports Talk Radio
New Podcast Network
Learn How

Listen Live