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Sunday 12/2/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




JACKSONVILLE (2 - 9) at BUFFALO (4 - 7)
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Week 13 Sunday, 12/2/2012 1:00 PM
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JACKSONVILLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-9-4.65-55-617.17.1286.5(5)1.528.012.6409.3(5.8)1.5
Road Games1-4-0.74-03-224.011.6339.2(5.4)0.827.211.6411.0(5.8)1.8
Last 3 Games1-2+0.32-11-223.79.0372.0(6.3)1.729.713.3453.0(6.1)2.3
JACKSONVILLE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.61119.629:3026-112(4.4)22-3661.5%233(6.5)61-345(5.6)(14.6)
Offense Road Games24.011.616.431:3128-100(3.5)19-3554.0%239(6.8)63-339(5.4)(14.1)
Defense (All Games)28.012.624.234:0533-135(4.1)24-3864.0%274(7.3)70-409(5.8)(14.6)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.112.421.131:2328-116(4.2)23-3761.6%247(6.7)65-363(5.6)(15)
Defense Road Games27.211.624.432:2829-104(3.6)27-4263.3%307(7.3)71-411(5.8)(15.1)
JACKSONVILLE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-641.8%0-080.0%3-74(26.4)3-24(9.1)7-53
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.61.6 14-640.0%1-055.2%3-64(22.3)23-2(10)6-52
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-538.6%0-00.0%4-117(27.9)3-27(9.5)6-53

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-7-35-66-522.112.4347.0(5.8)
Home Games2-2-0.82-23-129.018.5370.0(6.2)
Last 3 Games1-2-12-11-221.014.0355.3(5.9)1.323.714.7281.0(4.6)1.7
Turf Games2-4-2.83-35-129.216.3391.8(6.5)2.533.814.3384.5(6)1.5
BUFFALO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)22.112.419.129:5327-141(5.2)20-3261.3%206(6.4)59-347(5.8)(15.7)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.811.22030:3027-113(4.1)21-3561.0%240(6.9)62-352(5.7)(15.5)
Offense Home Games29.018.518.530:5929-146(5)19-3063.3%224(7.5)59-370(6.2)(12.8)
Defense (All Games)29.012.722.930:2729-147(5)20-3460.2%233(6.9)63-381(6)(13.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.7122131:3729-122(4.2)21-3560.4%233(6.6)64-355(5.5)(15)
Defense Home Games29.58.723.729:0129-163(5.7)20-3558.3%230(6.6)63-394(6.2)(13.4)
BUFFALO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.81.71.913-538.0%1-053.9%3-70(23.9)21-2(10.1)6-56
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-646.4%1-066.7%3-69(23.7)2-39(16.4)5-45
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.71.5 14-640.3%1-051.8%3-70(23.7)27-2(11.5)6-53
Stats Against (Home Games) 12-542.9%0-050.0%3-89(27.5)2-26(13.2)3-34
Average power rating of opponents played: JACKSONVILLE 19.7,  BUFFALO 20.9
JACKSONVILLE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/21/2012@ OAKLAND23-26L6W44.5O26-5417-32-155126-6926-46-2823
10/28/2012@ GREEN BAY15-24L15.5W45U20-6227-49-279126-6622-36-1721
11/18/2012@ HOUSTON37-43L15W40.5O29-8618-35-372135-13643-55-5043
12/2/2012@ BUFFALO            
12/9/2012NY JETS            
12/16/2012@ MIAMI            
12/23/2012NEW ENGLAND            
12/30/2012@ TENNESSEE            

BUFFALO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/7/2012@ SAN FRANCISCO3-45L10L45.5O19-8916-26-115238-31119-25-3101
10/14/2012@ ARIZONA19-16W5.5W44.5U33-16518-33-141230-18216-36-1502
11/4/2012@ HOUSTON9-21L11L48U16-7825-38-230132-11819-27-2560
11/11/2012@ NEW ENGLAND31-37L13.5W54O28-16227-40-319329-11723-38-2300
11/25/2012@ INDIANAPOLIS13-20L2L51U23-13517-33-169129-8720-37-2252
12/9/2012ST LOUIS            
12/23/2012@ MIAMI            
12/30/2012NY JETS            
JACKSONVILLE: There doesn't figure to be a lot of change to the Jaguars' running game. New head coach Mike Mularkey has always piloted run-heavy offenses, and he retained veteran offensive line coach Andy Heck. They'll continue to use a zone-blocking scheme and run a lot of stretch plays with Maurice Jones-Drew. Mularkey has always used a one-back system, so Jones-Drew should continue to carry a huge workload with Rashad Jennings picking up the scraps. Mularkey always skewed run-heavy in the red zone, and it makes sense with this personnel. It will be almost all Jones-Drew in the red zone. With Blaine Gabbert, Mularkey will be trying to build his confidence with high-percentage throws. Gabbert has a poor sense of the pocket, but he was especially uncomfortable turning his back in play-action situations, something he won't do as much of this season. He'll also have simplified reads and quicker throws. Rookie Justin Blackmon is a perfect fit in this offense as a catch-and-run guy who had a similar role at Oklahoma State. He and Laurent Robinson should be 1 and 1A in targets. Mularkey, like departed offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, uses tight ends frequently in the passing game, which is good news for Marcedes Lewis. Mularkey has never run a lot of screen passes, but they'll find a way to utilize Jones-Drew. When they do throw in the red zone, Lewis and Blackmon are expected to be the usual targets. The Jags saw an uptick in every category on the defensive end last season, as the defense was by far the team's strongest unit. DL Jeremy Mincey was paid handsomely (4 years, $27.2M) after having nearly signed with Chicago. He has racked up an impressive 12 sacks and 81 total tackles in 24 games as a starter. LB Paul Posluszny posted big tackle numbers in his first season with the Jags, the question is whether he can remain healthy enough to string together two straight 16-game seasons for the first time in his career. LB Daryl Smith played primarily strong side for the first time in 2011 and was his typically solid self. Safety Dawan Landry doesn't provide much in terms of pass coverage, but he's a strong tackler.
BUFFALO: The Bills are largely committed to zone blocking, going away from two-RB backfields and running effectively out of their three-WR base. They'll spread defenses out then use a lot of inside-zone plays, especially when Fred Jackson is healthy. If he's 100 percent, Jackson figures to take the majority of the snaps at running back over Spiller, who's used outside the tackles as more of an all-or-nothing runner. Both backs will be on the field at the same time in certain packages, with one of them (usually Spiller) in the slot. Buffalo's passing game is limited by Ryan Fitzpatrick's lack of arm strength, forcing the team to instead rely on spreading the field. His receivers are given freedom to run and adjust routes as they see fit, which puts a heavy emphasis on experience and chemistry with Fitzpatrick. Stevie Johnson is Fitzpatrick's security blanket, and the Bills run a lot of one-read slants off of that, with Johnson clearing and Jackson or Spiller crossing under him out of the slot. Fitzpatrick also likes to check down to tight end Scott Chandler over the middle. The Bills are one of the NFL's more pass-heavy red zone teams. Outside the five, they'll often spread it out with Fitzpatrick looking over the middle. David Nelson was most frequently targeted deep in opponent territory, leading the team in targets (11), catches (seven) and touchdowns (five) inside 10 yards. Johnson also has a big role, and Chandler is used in play-action. The Bills doled out a lot of money for OLB Mario Williams and DE Mark Anderson this offseason, and this duo should improve the team's pass rush significantly. Williams, in particular, should thrive playing the LDE position in his new 4-3 scheme in Buffalo. He's added some muscle to tip the scales closer to 300, which should result in fewer missed tackles in 2012. The presence of Williams and Anderson should allow 22-year-old Marcell Dareus to find more room to rush his 320-pound frame up the middle. Nick Barnett transitioned nicely to a 4-3 weakside linebacker, recording 10-plus total tackles six times last year. George Wilson stepped up as a run-stopper after the departure of Donte Whitner, and as a converted wide receiver he has excellent ball skills. He was on pace for 90 solo tackles before injuring his neck. Kelvin Sheppard is another good young talent in the box, and Jairus Byrd is a ball-hawking free safety to round out an improving secondary.
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*Jaguars-Bills Preview* =======================


Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said quarterback Chad Henne has an opportunity to earn the starting job going into next season.

So far, Henne appears to be taking him up on the offer.

The 2008 second-round pick will try to lead the Jaguars to consecutive wins for the first time since 2010 on Sunday when they visit the sinking Buffalo Bills.

After replacing injured starter Blaine Gabbert in the first quarter at Houston on Nov. 18, Henne has completed 33 of 59 passes for 615 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception in two games.

Henne, who nearly led Jacksonville (2-9) to an upset win over the Texans, was 17 for 26 for 261 yards with two scores and one interception in Sunday's 24-19 victory over Tennessee.

With Henne providing a spark for the NFL's worst offense, the Jaguars have averaged 30.5 points and 389.5 total yards the past two weeks after averaging 14.1 and 263.6 over their first nine contests.

"He's made some good throws and some good reads for us," Mularkey said. "He, too, has things he can get better at in both games that he's played so far, but he's being very smart with the ball, especially in the pocket."

Cecil Shorts III and Justin Blackmon have benefited, combining for nine catches, 167 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday.

Shorts set a franchise record against the Titans with his fourth reception this season of at least 50 yards, surpassing the previous mark set by Keenan McCardell in 1998 and tied by Jimmy Smith the following year. Blackmon had a 7-catch, 236-yard performance in the overtime loss at Houston.

Tight end Marcedes Lewis has hauled in seven passes for 96 yards and two TDs with Henne under center.

"It just seems that everything is clicking right now," Blackmon said.

The Jaguars will likely have to rely on their passing game once again with Rashad Jennings averaging 2.8 yards per carry and Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) and Jalen Parmele (groin) out with injuries.

While Jacksonville could be in line for another big day against a Buffalo defense that has allowed 29.0 points and 380.5 yards per game, the Bills (4-7) have been better recently in holding Miami and Indianapolis to a combined 34 points and under 500 total yards.

Still, the unit appears to be banged up with the statuses of defensive ends Chris Kelsay (neck) and Mark Anderson (left knee) and cornerback Aaron Williams (right knee) uncertain.

After dropping its fourth in five games, 20-13 loss to the Colts on Sunday, Buffalo (4-7) desperately needs a win if it hopes to avoid extending a 12-year playoff absence.

"I don't really want to project or talk about the next however many games we have left," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said after the team's latest loss. "It's all about `Go get back to work and try to win next week.' It's all we can worry about."

Fitzpatrick was 17 of 33 for 180 yards with one TD and one interception against the Colts, while Stevie Johnson caught six passes for 106 yards for his first 100-yard game since December 2011.

C.J. Spiller ran 14 times for 107 yards, giving him six straight games with 100 yards from scrimmage. It's the longest such streak by a Bills player since Thurman Thomas did it in 1992-93.

Yet Buffalo's offense, which averaged 28.8 points in the first four games, has now topped 310 yards and scored at least 20 points just twice in its past seven.

The Bills have been especially inefficient in the red zone, scoring just nine touchdowns and 12 field goals in their last 25 drives. Buffalo has scored a TD on 45.7 percent of its trips to the red zone - 25th in the league.

While that could improve against Jacksonville, which ranks near the bottom of the NFL in points (28.0) and yards allowed (410.5), Buffalo will face a new-look defense with the addition of Jason Babin.

Babin, who was claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on Wednesday, was brought in to bolster a Jacksonville pass rush that has a league-low tying 13 sacks. The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end has 5.5 sacks after recording 18 for the Eagles in 2011-12.

"We're trying to win and we're doing whatever we can to improve our roster," Mularkey said.

The Jaguars will try for their third straight victory against the Bills. They won the last meeting in Buffalo, 36-26 on Oct. 10, 2010.

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