TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: EverBank Field
Weather: High 68, Low 38
Line: Buffalo (-2)
Drafting a quarterback in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft looked to be a good option for the Buffalo Bills as they were getting rid of Ryan Fitzpatrick after a couple years as their QB. However, no one thought the Bills would go after EJ Manuel with their choice of quarterback in the first round and they might have to wait another year for that pick to pay off as he has not been fully healthy this season. Manuel has passed for 1,779 yards and nine touchdowns on the season while missing an extended period of time with a knee injury. Steve Johnson leads all wide outs with 51 catches for 593 yards and three touchdowns while tight end Scott Chandler has 43 catches for 515 yards and two scores. C.J. Spiller leads the team in rushing with 678 yards and two scores while Fred Jackson has 645 yards and seven scores.
On the other side of the field, the Jacksonville Jaguars have been one of the hottest teams in the NFL lately, winning four games after starting the season 0-8. Winning four of their past five games, the Jaguars don’t look like the favorite to land the top pick in the NFL draft for 2014 and get a franchise QB — they could trade up, however. Chad Henne is not the quarterback of the future for this franchise — or so it seems — as he has passed for 2,436 yards and eight touchdowns on the year filling in for Blaine Gabbert. Cecil Shorts has been his favorite target, catching 66 passes for 777 yards and three touchdowns on the season, but the team misses Justin Blackmon greatly due to his suspension. Maurice Jones-Drew has rushed for 719 yards and five touchdowns, coming into his own after a slow start to the year.
Defensively, the Jaguars have struggled this season in all aspects of the game. Ranking 30th in points allowed, 29th in total yards allowed, 26th in passing yards allowed and 27th in rushing yards allowed per game, the Jaguars have had a hard time stopping teams on defense. Buffalo has been a bit better, ranking 15th in total yards allowed and excelling on pass defense, ranking sixth in passing yards allowed per game. However, the Bills have struggled against the run, ranking 26th in rushing yards per game.
PREDICTION: Bills 23, Jaguars 27
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