The 5 weirdest things about the Bills’ 24-21 win over the Jaguars


A game between the Blake Bortles-led Jacksonville Jaguars and the Josh Allen-led Buffalo Bills was bound to be wacky. It ended up exceeding whatever expectations we had for it, turning into the weirdest, possibly the most fun, game of the week.

The short version: The Bills beat the Jaguars 24-21 in a game that had just 42 combined pass attempts, 74 rushing attempts, and one gigantic brawl. The offensive output for Jacksonville was so bad they fired the offensive coordinator on Monday. (The team still refuses to bench Blake Bortles though).

The box score is only one small slice of it. Here are six of the strangest things to come out of the chaotic mess between Buffalo and Jacksonville.

No player in the game had more than four targets

The NFL is a passing league now, maybe you heard, so run-heavy games like the one played between Jacksonville and Buffalo are a novelty. Not a single player on either team had more than four targets. No one on the Bills had more than three targets.

Dede Westbrook, Donte Moncrief, and T.J. Yeldon each had four targets for the Jaguars which they turned into six catches for 90 yards as a group. Neither team seemed to trust their quarterback, though Josh Allen did have a little success throwing the down the field.

The Bills won despite converting just 20 percent of their third downs

It was shocking to see the Bills put up 24 points despite converting just two of their 10 third down attempts. One of their third down conversions was a 7-yard scramble by Josh Allen on third-and-3. The other conversion was a 6-yard pass to Isaiah McKenzie on third-and4.

Neither drive that had a third down conversion that resulted in points — two punts on each drive.

Jacksonville had two touchdowns called back and an ejection … on the same drive

The Jaguars had perhaps the most incompetent sequence of plays you’ll see all season. After their defense forced a three-and-out and a punt return brought the ball back to the Bills’ 47-yard line, the Jaguars offense completely imploded.

It all fell apart when a brawl broke out on the sideline after what looked to be a touchdown catch by Donte Moncrief. Leonard Fournette and Shaq Lawson ended up getting into a fistfight. Fournette came off the sidelines to join the melee too, and both players got tossed. That was especially brutal for Jacksonville because Fournette was rolling over the Bills — when he was ejected, he had 18 carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

The touchdown was reversed, but got them to the Bills 1-yard line for a first and goal. After getting in prime scoring position, the Jaguars proceeded to fart on themselves repeatedly. Here’s how the next six plays went for them.

1. Carlos Hyde -1 yard run
2. False start on James O’Shaughnessy
3. Touchdown pass from Bortles to Dede Westbrook nullified due to a 10-yard holding penalty
4. Blake Bortles scrambles for 1 yard
5. Blake Bortles sacked for -8 yards
6. 42-yard field goal missed by Josh Lambo

That is absolutely peak Jaguars. They got close to scoring two touchdowns, but ended up losing their best offensive player and missing a doable field goal.

Both teams had double digit penalties

The referees had plenty to do in this game. The Bills and the Jaguars combined for 23 penalties for 170 yards. The Jaguars had 10 penalties for 90 yards, while Buffalo ended up with 13 penalties for 80 yards.

That final tally for flags thrown actually seems kind of low for a game with a massive brawl.

Blake Bortles and Josh Allen combined to go 20/42 through the air

Outside of a 75-yard touchdown to Robert Foster, Josh Allen and Blake Bortles struggled to make plays in the passing game. To be fair, they were playing against two of the better pass defenses in the NFL — the Bills ranked second in the league in opposing yards per attempt with 6.5 while the Jaguars ranked seventh, allowing seven yards per attempt. Still, both passing games had tough times through the air.

Josh Allen completed eight of his 19 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. Blake Bortles completed 12 of his 23 passes for 127 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Bortles was undoubtedly more costly to the Jaguars than Allen was to the Bills. If you exclude the two kneels at the end of the game, Allen ran for 101 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown. Bortles ran six times for 39 yards.

It was a strangely entertaining game between two teams that are well out of the playoff race. Sometimes, a little weirdness is healthy for the mind, body, and soul.

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