If nothing else, the Bills are proving they can win ugly games. Sunday’s 28-21 win over the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars keeps their playoff hopes afloat heading into December with a 6-5 record.
Last weekend, they squeaked out a 16-12 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in a game that also featured few memorable moments.
In this game, the Bills found themselves behind the Jags three separate times, and three separate times they came back to take the lead. Justin Hunter’s leaping 16-yard touchdown catch from Tyrod Taylor early in the fourth quarter gave them the lead for good.
The Bills offense still sputtered, even with Sammy Watkins back after a 10-week injury layoff. Taylor threw for 166 yards against Jacksonville, marking the seventh time this season he has failed to throw for 200 yards.
Watkins accounted for nearly half of the Bills passing attack with 80 yards on three catches, the longest coming on a 62-yard haul in the third quarter. Taylor eventually capped that drive with a 7-yard touchdown scamper.
Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles was also unimpressive under center. The 3rd-year QB completed 13 of 26 passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Bortles was most effective running the ball, going for 81 yards on eight rushes.
The Bills found themselves trailing 7-6 at halftime, but immediately took the lead in the third quarter when LeSean McCoy ran for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play of the half. McCoy, who batted a thumb injury all week, ended the afternoon with 103 rushing yards on 19 carries and two scores.
Next, the Bills face their hardest challenge of the season, a game in Oakland against the 8-2 Raiders that currently sit atop the AFC standings.