Now that we're shifting our focus from the Indianapolis Colts over to the Buffalo Bills, let's take a look at how the Jaguars units stack up against the Bills. We're four weeks into the season now, so we should be able to get a decent read on how the teams are panning out.
Passing Offense - Jaguars
The Jaguars currently rank 26th in the NFL passing the football with an average of 164.8 yards per game in the air. Surprisingly, the longest pass play the Jaguars currently have through four game is 26 yards, and that was a Mike Thomas reception that was about a 6 yard pass that he took for another 20 yards after the catch.
Passing Defense - Bills
The Buffalo Bills rank 12th in the NFL against the pass, allowing only 208.8 yards in the air per game. Despite ranking 12th overall against the pass, the Bills secondary has surprisingly not picked off any passes yet and allowed 8 passing touchdowns, giving opposing quarterbacks a rating of 111.3. The Bills also only have 4 sacks on the season.
Passing Offense - Bills
The Bills ranking via the pass is a little off-base considering they've started two quarterbacks so far this season, one of which is currently on the Jacksonville Jaguars. As it stands, the Bills currently rank dead last in the NFL passing the football. Jaguars fans let out a collective "SHEW". The Bills are netting only 131.8 yards in the air and their quarterbacks have been sacked 11 times on the season. It's no secret that the Bills offensive line is young and struggling.
Passing Defense - Jaguars
The Jaguars currently rank 30th in the NFL against the pass, to no one's surprise. They have allowed 303.8 yards per game in the air. Opposing team's quarterbacks have been able to net a 105.6 quarterback rating, but unlike the Bills have forced 4 interceptions. The Jaguars also have 8 sacks on the season so far, only 6 off of last season's total of 14. The Jaguars pass rush on Sunday though, should impact the Bills passing game significantly.
Rushing Offense Jaguars
The Jaguars are 12th in the NFL rushing the football with 129.5 yards per game on the ground. Unlike years past, the Jaguars yards per carry is lower than expected at only 4.1 yards per carry. The Jaguars also have only one rushing play of over 20 yards on the season. Obviously, the Jaguars have been facing lots of teams stacking against them to stop the run.
Rushing Defense Bills
The Bills rush defense ranks similar to their passing defense, dead last in the NFL. Last week the Bills allowed the New York Jets LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene to both rush for over 100 yards each. The Bills are giving up 174 rushing yards per game with 4.6 yards per carry. They have also allowed 4 rushes of over 20 yards on the season. Make note, the Bills are also making a switch to the 3-4 defense and don't have the full pieces yet.
Rushing Offense Bills
Despite having three very capable running backs for the first four games, the Bills rushing attack only ranks at 16th in the NFL with only 105.5 yards per game on the ground with 4.7 yards per carry. Like the Jaguars, the Bills haven't had many explosive running plays, as they only have two of over 20 yards this season and none over 40 yards.
Rushing Defense Jaguars
The Jaguars rushing defense probably ranks higher than most people think at 12th in the NFL, allowing just over 100 yards per game on the ground at 101 yards per game, with 4.3 yards per carry. A lot of this has to do with the fact that teams pass at will on the Jaguars, but the team has done a nice job forcing teams to be one dimensional on offense. The Jaguars have only allowed two rushing plays of over 20 yards on the season so far.