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Oh and Five: Bills Off to Worst Start Since 1985 Following 36-26 Loss to Jaguars

And the countdown to 0-16 is officially on.

Despite three takeaways, over 300 yards of total offense and three touchdowns from Ryan Fitzpatrick,  it wasn’t enough to secure the first win of the 2010 season for the Buffalo Bills. 

David Garrard’s three touchdowns and Josh Scobee’s four field goals helped the Jacksonville Jaguars avoid a big letdown, as the Jaguars downed the Bills 36-26.  Jacksonville has won two straight and improves to 3-2, while the Bills remain one of two teams in the NFL without a win so far this season.

The Bills raced out of the gate to a 10-0 early lead thanks to Lee Evans’ first touchdown of the season, a 45-yard strike from Fitzpatrick after the Bills’ special teams came up with a turnover in Jacksonville territory when Mike Thomas muffed a punt that Bills long snapper Garrison Sanborn recovered.  Rian Lindell’s 29-yard field goal gave Buffalo the early double digit advantage.  With just less than six minutes remaining in the first half and Buffalo on top 13-3, the Jaguars scored 10 straight points.  Garrard capped off the first half comeback with a 1-yard pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis that tied the game at 13 with :25 seconds left in the first half.

Out of the locker room, Jacksonville wasted little time pulling ahead of Buffalo, as Garrard again hooked up with Lewis for a 27-yard score to give the Jags the lead at 20-13 with less than two minutes gone in the third.  Fitzpatrick ‘s five-yard touchdown pass to Steve Johnson got things tied at 20, but Garrard and the Jags would answer back near the end of the third quarter.  His third touchdown of the day, this one to receiver Mike Sims-Walker, gave the Jaguars the lead 27-20.  The touchdown from Garrard to Sims-Walker was set up beautifully by a big kick return from Deji Karim that put the Jaguars in great field position.  Garrard took it from there, leading Jacksonville 53 yards on nine plays capped off by the score.  Jacksonville would not trail the rest of the afternoon.

Three straight field goals from Scobee (34, 40, 46) helped the Jaguars pull away from the Bills in the fourth quarter.  With just over 90 seconds left in the game, Fitzpatrick again hooked up with Johnson on a 7-yard pass but the Bills couldn’t convert the two-point conversion.  Jacksonville outscored the Bills 23-13 in the second half, and despite trailing at one point in the game 13-6, the Jaguars went on to outscore the Bills 30-13. 

For the first time in their history, Buffalo has allowed 34 or more points to their opponents in four consecutive games.  Jacksonville rushed for 216 yards as a team, marking the third straight game the Bills’ defense has surrendered more than 200 total yards rushing.  Maurice Jones-Drew was held out of the endzone but led the Jaguars in rushing with 84 yards coming off of 19 carries.  The Jaguars scored on eight of their last 10 possessions of the game. 

Had Bufffalo been able to scored six instead of the three, they may have come away with their first win of the season.  Two times in the red zone, the Bills had to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns, highlighted by a Demetrius Bell holding penalty at the Jacksonville 1-yard line that resulted in a Rian Lindell 22-yard field goal.  Cornell Green was flagged for a false start in the red zone, as well as receivers Roscoe Parrish and Steve Johnson both drew ire of the officials for not lining up correctly.

With the Bills still sitting on a goose egg in the win column, the Bills will enter their bye week and hit the road to face the Baltimore Ravens in two weeks on Oct. 24. 

I was merely a year old and did not witness the last time a Buffalo Bills team was this awful back in 1985.  That infamous squad started out 0-6 and finished with a 2-14 record.  The 2003 Bills were a sight for sore eyes, finishing that season 3-13.  But this currect collection is quite possibly the worst team I’ve seen as a fan. 

It appears as though the Bills have only two winnable games remaining on the schedule: the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns.  But given the way both teams have played so far this season, it might be a stretch to believe this Bills team can beat either Detroit or Cleveland.

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