NOTEBOOK;Thomas recovers nicely from early fumble
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Mike Thomas didn’t get rattled when he
fumbled the first punt of the game to set up Buffalo’s first
“It wasn’t bad, man,” Thomas said. “He [Cary Harris] just put
his helmet on the football. Stuff like that happens. They get paid,
The Bills capitalized on the next play when Lee Evans caught a
45-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Bills added a
field goal about four minutes later, taking advantage of a David
“We gave them those points,” Thomas said. “It wasn’t nothing
they did. We did it to ourselves. We kind of knew we had a good
chance of getting back in it. We kept fighting.”
Jaguars rallied from a 10-0 deficit
to win 36-26 and Thomas showed the early fumble didn’t bother him.
He caught four passes for 51 yards, including a 25-yarder, and ran
three reverses for 53 yards, including a 33-yarder.
His two big gains were on consecutive plays in a drive that
Jaguars to tie the game at 13 just
“We stayed aggressive. We continued to fight and play,”
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said of
the early miscues. “Mike needs to secure that ball. I think we were
minus three [turnovers] on the day. You usually don’t have many of
those days work out in your favor. He’s usually been very solid in
SIMS-WALKER COMES ALIVE
Mike Sims-Walker didn’t catch a pass in either of the
Jaguars’ two wins, and had just 12
receptions on the season heading into Sunday’s game.
He was blanked in the first half by the Bills before catching
all four of his passes in the third quarter, including a seven-yard
touchdown pass, which broke a 20-20 tie.
Though he seemed to suggest he was frustrated last week because
he wasn’t getting the ball more, Sims-Walker said that wasn’t the
“I’m not frustrated at all,” he said. “I love Jacksonville. I
love my coaches, my teammates. I love the city, man. I just said
I’d like to be more involved in the offense. We’re winning We’re
3-2 right now. That’s all that matters. I didn’t say I was upset. I
want to be in Jacksonville making plays.”
FOURTH-DOWN GAMBLE FAILS
For the second time this year, a Del Rio fourth-down gamble
backfired in the third quarter.
In the opener against Denver, Maurice Jones-Drew was stopped on
4th-and-1 on the
Jaguars 39. On Sunday, Garrard
fumbled on 4th-and-1 at the
Both times, the
Jaguars were ahead by a touchdown.
And both times, the opposing team came back to score to tie the
Del Rio took responsibility for the call on Sunday, adding, “The
execution and communication, what I was looking for and what we
ended up doing didn’t match up. But I talked to our team about
being aggressive. I’m going to be aggressive. That one just
backfired a little bit.”
Garrard said that Del Rio wanted him to know, “If it looks ugly,
But Garrard didn’t get the message and called the play. To make
matters worse, one of his linemen kicked the ball out of his hands
and the Bills recovered.
SCOBEE STILL WITHOUT MISS
Josh Scobee, who made five field goals in the first four games,
including the 59-yard game winner against Indianapolis last week,
added five more from 40, 49, 34, 40 and 46 yards.
Scobee has yet to miss this year, though his 40-yard kick barely
sailed inside the upright.
“It was the weirdest thing. I kind of hit the ground behind the
ball a little bit,” Scobee said. “It was going down the middle,
then it tails right real good, then tails back left at the last
second to go two feet inside the right upright. I was thankful that
one went in. That would be a members bounce right there [on the
golf course],” he said.
Scobee’s five field goals tied a franchise record and his
holder, punter Adam Podlesh, didn’t punt for the second time this
season. He also didn’t punt in San Diego.
DEFER STRATEGY EXECUTED
Jaguars, who’ve given up scores at
the end of the first half several times this year, tied the game at
13 with a touchdown of their own at the end of the second quarter,
and then took the second-half kickoff and scored again.
“When you do defer to the second half, you hope to do exactly
what we did. Score to close out the half and then get the ball and
score to open the [second] half. There’s a momentum swing there,”
Del Rio said.
That’s why, depending on the opponent, he likes to defer.
“I don’t want Peyton [Manning] to have the ball first,” Del Rio
The Colts won the toss last week, elected to receive and scored
on their first drive, so Del Rio didn’t have the option.
FIRST ACTION FOR MANUWAI
Guard Vince Manuwai played for the first time this year because
Justin Smiley had a nagging foot injury and came out of the
“It felt great being in action but I kind of got a little
gassed,” Manuwai said. “Hopefully, I did what I was supposed to
JONES-DREW HURT, RETURNS
Maurice Jones-Drew left the game in the second half with a wrist
injury, but returned.
“It scared me,” Del Rio said. “I ran out there and he was in
pain and he doesn’t usually say much. He’s very tough. I was
concerned, but whatever was going on subsided and he wanted to go
Jones-Drew usually downplays his injuries, and when was asked
what it was, said: “I don’t know. It’s been a tough season with
injuries so far and just trying to stay healthy. ”
The Bills dropped to 0-5 and have allowed more than 30 points
four games in a row for the first time in franchise history. …
Jaguars improved to 33-72 when
trailing after the first quarter. … DE Derrick Harvey, who
started the game but was rotated with Jeremy Mincey, had two
tackles, half a sack and a QB hit. … DE Aaron Kampman, who was
blanked the last three games after getting 1.5 sacks in the opener,
had 1.5 again against the Bills.
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