For the 2nd week in a row, Jaguar fans thought they had seen this game before. A week after possibly having to settle for another "Moral" victory vs the Colts, it seemed the infamous "Del Rio Hangover" would be in full effect. It started when Mike Thomas fumbled the first punt of the afternoon after a three and out, which the Bills promptly cashed in for a touchdown. The David Garrard threw an interception that would get cashed for FG.
Yet the coup de grace wouldn't come until the 2nd half. Leading 20-13, the Jaguars went for a 4th and 1 around their own 40. David Garrard fumbled, but the play wouldn't have resulted in a 1st down either way. That one has to go squarely on Jack Del Rio. The defense was playing lights out and there was no way the Bills could've driven the ball. Instead, the Bills capitalized and tied it up.
Yet at the end of the day the Jaguars won.
Why did the Jaguars win, despite all of that going wrong? Well, playing the Bills certainly helped. This is a team that looks like it may join the 2008 Lions in the 0-16 club. Not trying to downplay the win, but if those miscues happen vs Indy or even Tennessee, it would've been a loss.
The bigger reason is that after the Bills went up 13-3, the Jaguars manned up and played solid football. Outside of the aforementioned 4th down attempt, the Jaguars didn't make another mistake the rest of the way. David Garrard once again played smart, efficient football, going 16 for 19 for 178 yards and three touchdowns after throwing the INT.
Marcedes Lewis had a big day, catching two touchdowns and making several other clutch receptions. The 2nd TD catch was a thing of beauty, with Lewis keeping his balance to make sure he got into the endzone. Also, congratulations to Marcedes for setting the franchise record for TDs by a tight end.
Also, Mike Sims-Walker made his presence felt for the first time this season. Sims-Walker had 4 catches for 46 yards and a touchdown. His 3rd reception was an excellent catch as he went high into the air to help the Jags convert on 3rd down.
Jags fans had been wanting to see Deji Karim all season, and he didn't disappoint. Karim accounted for 215 yards. Karim looked surprisingly well at the running back position. Granted it was against the worst run defense in the league, but Karim should get some more looks going forward.
Also, props go out to Josh Scobee. Scobee continues to have a perfect record in 2010, going 5 for 5 on field goals this year. Considering only one of those has been under 40 yards, it has been all the more impressive.