Bud Adams kind ad in the Buffalo News wasn’t enough to push the Bills over the Jaguars on Sunday as Buffalo was defeated 15–18 in a heartbreaker.
David Gerrard, who struggled through the first three quarters, mounted a game-winning touchdown drive capped by a pass to Mike Sims-Walker with 56 seconds remaining. With an impressive 155.8 quarterback rating in the fourth (as compared with 54.1 through the first three quarters) Gerrard led the Jaguars to their third consequtive win; the last two both coming via game-winning drives.
The Bills did an admirable job stopping the talented running back Maurice Jones-Drew, holding him to only 66 yards and one trip to the endzone. For a team that has been plagued by an inability to stop the run all season, this may indicate a positive change under the new leadership of interim coach Perry Fewell. That having been said, the Bills weren’t able to gather much on the ground either as Fred Jackson was held to 35 yards and Marshawn Lynch only 18.
Offensively, Buffalo was able to eclipse the 300 yard mark for the game – the first time they have done so in nearly 2 months. In many ways, however, it was a one-man affair. I guess we can finally say that the T.O. show has arrived in Buffalo. Terrell Owens picked up 197 yards through the air including a 98-yard touchdown from Ryan Fitzpatrick, the longest receiving touchdown in Bills history. His 197 receiving yards, the third-highest single-game total of his career, was good for 57 percent of the Bills’ total offensive yardage.
After the game T.O. said, “All for nothing when you don’t get the win. I’m glad for the opportunity to make big plays, what I’ve always wanted to do. We came up short.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick, who seems to have taken over for former starting quarterback Trent Edwards, completed 18 of 31 passes for 297 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
With the loss the Bills fall to 3–7 on the season and will play host to the 5-5 Miami Dolphins next week.