BILLS VS JAGUARS LIVE STREAMING PLAYOFFS – The Buffalo Bills will head on the road to battle the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Wildcard playoff Sunday afternoon from EverBank Field. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 22-16 in their final regular season game to reach the playoffs with a 9-7 record, and the Jaguars lost 15-10 to Tennessee in their week 17 battle and won the AFC South with a 10-6 record. These teams did not meet this season, and Buffalo notched a 28-21 home win against Jacksonville last season. Watch BUFFALO BILLS VS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS LIVE STREAMING: NFL WILD CARD PLAYOFFS 2018 on your PC, laptop, Mac, I-pad, Tab, Ps4/3, I-phone Android or any other online device.
Buffalo Bills vs Jacksonville Jaguars NFL Wild Card
Where: EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL
When: January 7 2018, 1:05 PM EST
TV Broadcast: CBS
Buffalo Bills (9-7) –
The health of LeSean McCoy is the big story here. He left the Week 17 game against Miami with an ankle injury. On Monday, ESPN reported that the running back would be a game-time decision to play against Jacksonville. Today (January 4) NFL.com reports that McCoy himself states that “It wasn’t as bad as I thought“. Take that for what you will.
Given that McCoy leads his team in yards gained from scrimmage (1586 yards in the regular season) you can see why Jacksonville remains more than a touchdown favorite in the matchup. Tight end Charles Clay is the next closest player in yards for the Bills, with just 558 in total.
Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)-
Jacksonville failed to score an offensive TD in their Week 17 season finale against the Titans, which is the only reason Marcus Mariota is in the playoffs (running game be damned). Eight of the Jaguars’ 12 offensive possessions ended in punts, while three resulted in turnovers, and one delivered a field goal.
While the Jags team averaged just 3.3 yards per carry in their final two games of the regular season, they finished with the best running game in the NFL in 2017. This is the playoffs and they will be brining that accolade hard into their Sunday meeting with the folded Bills.
Final Analysis –
Despite being a clear underdog on paper, the Bills enter this weekend playing with house money. No one expected them to make the postseason in a rebuilding year under freshman head coach Sean McDermott. A midseason blunder to bench Tyrod Taylor for Nathan Peterman was supposed to be the knockout punch in a devastating loss to the Chargers.
The Bills even ended their game Sunday outside of playoff position. It took a miracle Andy Dalton throw with less than a minute left for the Cincinnati Bengals to beat the Baltimore Ravens and somehow end the Bills’ postseason drought. (The team responded this week by sending the Bengals 1,440 wings through local restaurant Duff’s).
If they were playing any other team, at any other time you could make the argument the Bills could be a team of destiny. But their opponent this weekend, the Jaguars, has been touting that same underdog label for months. They were peaking at the right time in December and one could argue their season-ending slump was deceiving. The team still played well against the 49ers, running into the buzz saw that was Jimmy Garoppolo and then had little incentive to give 110 percent after being locked into the No. 3 seed before their Week 17 finale.
No, the Jags won’t overlook this Cinderella; they already hold the slipper. A fascinating divisional matchup with the Steelers awaits and if LeSean McCoy sits, the Jags could send some shivers down the rest of the AFC playoff field with a statement game that won’t even be close.
Prediction: Jaguars 31, Buffalo 13