Rookie QB Josh Allen leads Bills to 24-21 win over Jacksonville Jaguars

Rookie QB Josh Allen leads Bills to 24-21 win over Jacksonville Jaguars
Josh Allen leads Bills to win over Jaguars
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Once Leonard Fournette and the Jacksonville Jaguars lost their cool, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills took over.

Allen scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter, and Buffalo beat Jacksonville 24-21 on Sunday in a game marred by a fight that led to the ejections of Fournette and Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson.

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“I take full responsibility for that,” he said. “We lost the game. We shouldve won this game hands down.”

They might have with the way Fournette was running. He scored twice and had 95 yards rushing before he was thrown out in the third quarter.

Fournette was not in the game when the play happened and ran across the field to get involved in the brawl. Its possible that the NFL could fine him further for leaving the bench area to scuffle.

Allen scored on the first snap of the fourth and also threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster in the opening quarter in his return to the lineup after missing four games with a sprained right throwing elbow. Buffalo (4-7) came off its bye week to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

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The Jaguars (3-8) dropped their seventh consecutive game in their longest losing streak since a nine-game slide in 2016, which led directly to Gus Bradley being replaced by current coach Doug Marrone.

The bad blood between two teams who met in last seasons AFC wild-card game boiled over with 2:57 left in the third quarter.

7. Lawson (elbow) and Trent Murphy (knee) were both questionable, but each was in the lineup Sunday. Lawson got the start, but Murphy got into the game early as the Bills kept with their usual rotation along the defensive line. Starting tight end Charles Clay missed his second straight game because of a hamstring. Jason Croom started in his place. Croom made one catch for 11 yards in the first half. He missed a chance to make a big play down the right sideline late in the second quarter when an Allen pass sailed through his hands. That prevented the Bills from getting into field-goal range.

Jaguars receiver Donte Moncrief had what was initially ruled a 30-yard TD reception at the left pylon. He was on the ground battling for control of the ball with Levi Wallace when a Jaguars player struck Bills safety Micah Hyde from behind.

Players then began shoving each other, with Lawson going after Jaguars running back Carlos Hyde. Thats when Fournette ran across the field to target Lawson.

4. The Bills determined once that they needed an upgrade from Colton Schmidt at punter. They might be in a position to do so again. Schmidt got a good bounce on his first punt to pin the Jaguars at their 1-yard line, but his hang time all afternoon was abysmal. Needing a good punt in the fourth quarter, however, Schmidt came through – thanks once again to a friendly bounce that pinned the Jaguars at their 2-yard line. Bortles was intercepted three plays later, setting up an important insurance field goal for the Bills.

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They exchanged punches in the left corner of the end zone on the Bills side of the field before eventually being separated.

9. The most physical activity Marcell Dareus did Sunday was lifting former teammate Kyle Williams off the ground with a bear hug. Dareus, the Jaguars defensive tackle, missed the game against his former team because of a back injury. He was listed as questionable after not practicing Wednesday and Thursday and being limited Friday. Dareus had started the first 10 games of the season for Jacksonville. Hes made 28 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. Abry Jones started at nose tackle in place of Dareus.

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“I dont know, maybe you call it frustration on their part, Im not sure,” Micah Hyde said, not realizing Fournette left his own sideline to get involved.

A big brawl broke out late in the third quarter Sunday between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars at New Era Field, with the end result benefiting the home team in a 24-21 win. Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette started throwing punches at Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson, who returned the favor. That led to both players being ejected – a trade the Bills happily welcomed after Fournette had carried 18 times for 95 yards and a pair of touchdowns up to that point.

“At that time, it was 14-14. No reason for anything on their part especially someone running on to the field when they were on the bench,” he said.

“You know what, part of its mine, and part of its a little bit from the scrum right there. Well take it,” McDermott said. “I was glad that the players supported one another.”

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A review negated the touchdown, ruling Moncrief was down at the 1. Carlos Hyde lost a yard on first-and-goal, and then tight end James OShaughnessy was flagged for a false start.

2) Wide receiver rotation bears watching – The last time we saw the Bills, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll made some notable changes with their rotation at wide receiver, and it would be fair to expect for that to continue again. As the Bills have effectively entered into the ‘play the youth to get more experience’ mode with six games to go in the season, the snap counts for the young players they see something in will likely see a similar role at least, if not an enhanced one. With the Bills choosing to release Terrelle Pryor, he and his 40-percent of snaps likely will transfer over to the newly signed Deonte Thompson. Besides that, Robert Foster should keep his role, and perhaps even have some of his time on the field cut into Kelvin Benjamin’s, seeing as how Foster made more of an impact on two plays than the veteran Benjamin has for much of the season. I think the one big change we could see is a bigger workload for Isaiah McKenzie, considering his impact on just a handful of snaps. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get some of the snaps designated for Ray-Ray McCloud — the rookie sixth-round pick that has just blended into the background many of the times he’s been on the field on offense. No matter what, the Bills owe it to themselves to continue giving the youth a chance to show them that they can have a role moving forward.

Dede Westbrook had a touchdown catch nullified by an offensive holding penalty on fellow receiver Keelan Cole. After Kyle Williams sacked Blake Bortles for an 8-yard loss, Lambo missed a 42-yard attempt wide left.

Prediction: Jaguars over Bills – This Jaguars contest is one of those games that coming into the year you wouldn’t think twice about the outcome, but the results of the season heavily impacted the feelings about the game coming into the week itself. Jacksonville has performed well below the expectations set for them ahead of the season. The quarterback position has held them back significantly, which has paved the way for a disappointing 3-7 start to the season. I think these two rosters have a lot in common, but where I think Jacksonville will ultimately gain the advantage is in their stubbornness in sticking with the ground game as opposed to the Bills who will want to see their rookie quarterback learn as a passer. The Jags have no reservations about taking the ball out of the hands of Bortles, which oddly enough might give them a leg up between two teams that have similar strengths and weaknesses. Jacksonville will have a plan for the rookie Allen to make him uncomfortable, and the types of playmakers on defense to follow through with it. If Allen can rise above and lead the team to a win with some positive play through the air, it will be one of the most formative games for him in his rookie season against the best defense he’ll face the rest of the way.

Buffalo took over and needed three plays — and two personal fouls against Jacksonville — to put together a 68-yard drive that ended with Allens run.

5) More OL changes on the way? – Offensively, the Bills are also going to rely on their rushing attack to get them ahead, but they’ll be working against a front seven that’s as capable as any in the NFL. That means this is quite the proving ground of a game for two members of the offensive line: right tackle Jordan Mills and right guard John Miller. Both players have had their fair share of struggles this season, which have put both on the radar for potential replacement — especially considering the youth movement at many other starting positions on the team. In tackle Conor McDermott and guard Ike Boettger, the Bills have young players that they’ve felt strongly enough about to hang on to and develop in the background. And both of those players are at their best at the positions currently held by Mills and Miller. If the Jaguars defensive line exhibit a strong showing versus the current right side, that could be all the Bills need to give one of their other young offensive linemen a look with the starters.

“I wont say an empty feeling. I dont know how to describe it,” Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey said. “It (stinks) losing over and over and over again.”

Lack of discipline, injuries and turnovers have combined to scuttle the Jaguars, who were coming off a 20-16 loss to Pittsburgh in which they squandered a 16-0 third-quarter lead.

Buffalo star running back LeSean McCoy got going before the bye week against the New York Jets, rushing for over 100 yards for the first time this season. The Jaguars are 109 yards per game on the ground this season and have surrendered eight rushing touchdowns. McCoy scored his first two of the season against the Jets.

“Wins, losses, penalties, things like that, they all reflect on me,” Marrone said. “So I guess if you want me to say I have to do a better job, then I do. I just wish I could stop it before it starts.”

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As Fournette and Lawson were escorted off their respective sidelines, they met once again just before entering the tunnel. Lawson had to be held back by a Bills official while Fournette was asked to wait — he was then struck in the left shoulder by a fan, who had reached out from the stands. Fournette also said he was doused with beer.

The Jaguars went up 16-0 on the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and forced Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to throw three interceptions. Pittsburgh stormed back in the fourth quarter to win, 20-16, extending the Jags losing streak to six games.

Jaguars: Bortles finished 12 of 23 for 127 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown to Westbrook with 1:20 remaining. He also threw two interceptions, the second one setting up Stephen Hauschkas 22-yard field goal that put Buffalo up 24-14 with 3:06 left.

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Bills: Allen finished 8 of 19 for 160 yards and also had a team-high 99 yards rushing. His touchdown pass to Foster was the longest completion for the Bills since Tyrod Taylor hit Marquise Goodwin for an 84-yard TD in Buffalos 2016 home-opening loss to the New York Jets.

Ramsey raised eyebrows in August when he referred to Allen as “trash” in an interview with GQ magazine . Ramsey was beaten by Allen on a 32-yard reception by Kelvin Benjamin on Buffalos first touchdown drive. Ramsey was also penalized for a facemask while tackling Benjamin.

In the first quarter, Allen dropped back, and with the pocket collapsing and the Jacksonville Jaguars defense bearing down on him, delivered a huge strike to wide receiver Robert Foster. Foster carried the ball the rest of the way to the end zone for a 75-yard score.

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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Once Leonard Fournette and the Jacksonville Jaguars lost their cool, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills took over.

Last year, in his first full season in charge, the Jaguars were 10-6, the franchises first winning season in over a decade. They beat the Buffalo Bills in a low-scoring game in the wild-card round, upset the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road in the divisional round, and lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship, their first appearance in the conference title game since the 1999 season.

Allen scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter, and Buffalo beat Jacksonville 24-21 on Sunday in a game marred by a fight that led to the ejections of Fournette and Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson.

Theyve lost six games in a row, but theres a lot of other reasons to point to besides Marrones leadership, Rapoport said. Injuries at a variety of positions, they did get to the [AFC] title game last [season]. Marrone is in no trouble.

"I take full responsibility for that," he said. "We lost the game. We should’ve won this game hands down."

After Gus Bradley was fired near the end of the 2016 season, it didnt take long for Jacksonville to name Marrone, who was an assistant head coach and offensive line coach, interim head coach and then hire him on a longer-term basis.

They might have with the way Fournette was running. He scored twice and had 95 yards rushing before he was thrown out in the third quarter.

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Allen scored on the first snap of the fourth and also threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster in the opening quarter in his return to the lineup after missing four games with a sprained right throwing elbow. Buffalo (4-7) came off its bye week to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Jacksonville started the season 2-0, including a revenge drubbing of the Patriots in Week 2, but have won just once since.

The Jaguars (3-8) dropped their seventh consecutive game in their longest losing streak since a nine-game slide in 2016, which led directly to Gus Bradley being replaced by current coach Doug Marrone.

Allen has missed the previous four games due to a shoulder injury, and the Bills offense has suffered in his absence. The team went 1-3 during that stretch, but they are looking forward to getting back to competing with their athletic rookie quarterback, and that can start with a win over the Jaguars.

The bad blood between two teams who met in last season’s AFC wild-card game boiled over with 2:57 left in the third quarter.

Jaguars receiver Donte Moncrief had what was initially ruled a 30-yard TD reception at the left pylon. He was on the ground battling for control of the ball with Levi Wallace when a Jaguars player struck Bills safety Micah Hyde from behind.

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Players then began shoving each other, with Lawson going after Jaguars running back Carlos Hyde. That’s when Fournette ran across the field to target Lawson.

So far, he has completed 7-of-14 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown, and also has rushed eight times for 53 yards and a touchdown. That rushing touchdown gave the Bills a fourth-quarter lead, and it was a pretty incredible run.

They exchanged punches in the left corner of the end zone on the Bills side of the field before eventually being separated.

He picked quite a game to come back as well. This matchup has been heated, and saw a brawl in which star running back Leonard Fournette as well as Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson were ejected from the game.

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"I don’t know, maybe you call it frustration on their part, I’m not sure," Micah Hyde said, not realizing Fournette left his own sideline to get involved.

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"At that time, it was 14-14. No reason for anything on their part especially someone running on to the field when they were on the bench," he said.

The veteran tight end has not practiced all week due to a hamstring injury. He missed the teams game against the New York Jets prior to the bye, but he still is not healthy enough to play. Jason Croom and Logan Thomas will handle duties at the position today. The Bills used offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles as a sixth lineman on multiple snaps against the Jets, so I would expect that to continue with Clay out again.

"You know what, part of it’s mine, and part of it’s a little bit from the scrum right there. We’ll take it," McDermott said. "I was glad that the players supported one another."

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A review negated the touchdown, ruling Moncrief was down at the 1. Carlos Hyde lost a yard on first-and-goal, and then tight end James O’Shaughnessy was flagged for a false start.

With Deonte Thompson joining the squad over the bye week, the Bills are back to seven receivers, and the rookie is the odd man out this week. Isaiah McKenzie, who joined the Bills from the Denver Broncos practice squad prior to the teams last game, had success in the utility role that the team envisioned for McCloud, leaving the Clemson product a healthy scratch this week.

Dede Westbrook had a touchdown catch nullified by an offensive holding penalty on fellow receiver Keelan Cole. After Kyle Williams sacked Blake Bortles for an 8-yard loss, Lambo missed a 42-yard attempt wide left.

The veteran quarterback has yet to clear concussion protocol, so he will sit another game. With Josh Allen returning to start and Nathan Peterman having been released, the Bills turn to Matt Barkley as the backup. Barkley gave the best performance of the season at quarterback for Buffalo in his only start, completing 60% of his passes for 232 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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Buffalo took over and needed three plays — and two personal fouls against Jacksonville — to put together a 68-yard drive that ended with Allen’s run.

"I won’t say an empty feeling. I don’t know how to describe it," Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey said. "It (stinks) losing over and over and over again."

Lack of discipline, injuries and turnovers have combined to scuttle the Jaguars, who were coming off a 20-16 loss to Pittsburgh in which they squandered a 16-0 third-quarter lead.

"Wins, losses, penalties, things like that, they all reflect on me," Marrone said. "So I guess if you want me to say I have to do a better job, then I do. I just wish I could stop it before it starts."

As Fournette and Lawson were escorted off their respective sidelines, they met once again just before entering the tunnel. Lawson had to be held back by a Bills official while Fournette was asked to wait — he was then struck in the left shoulder by a fan, who had reached out from the stands. Fournette also said he was doused with beer.

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Jaguars: Bortles finished 12 of 23 for 127 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown to Westbrook with 1:20 remaining. He also threw two interceptions, the second one setting up Stephen Hauschka’s 22-yard field goal that put Buffalo up 24-14 with 3:06 left.

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Bills: Allen finished 8 of 19 for 160 yards and also had a team-high 99 yards rushing. His touchdown pass to Foster was the longest completion for the Bills since Tyrod Taylor hit Marquise Goodwin for an 84-yard TD in Buffalo’s 2016 home-opening loss to the New York Jets.

Ramsey raised eyebrows in August when he referred to Allen as "trash" in an interview with GQ magazine . Ramsey was beaten by Allen on a 32-yard reception by Kelvin Benjamin on Buffalo’s first touchdown drive. Ramsey was also penalized for a facemask while tackling Benjamin.

Moments after he had an interception negated by an illegal contact penalty, Ramsey was spotted yelling "You trash, you trash!" toward the Bills sideline. The exchange took place with three seconds left in the first half.