The International Series game opened Sunday’s NFL schedule for the second week in a row, and the Jacksonville Jaguars kicked off Week 5 with a dominant 25-20 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
The Jaguars (3-2), who defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4 at Wembley Stadium in London, stayed abroad to get ready for a far tougher challenge against the Buffalo Bills (3-2). The Bills suffered their first defeat since losing to the New York Jets in the season opener.
When the Buffalo Bills take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday morning, they will be looking to extend their current three-game winning streak.
The Bills have beaten the Raiders, Commanders, and Dolphins by a total of 123-33 throughout the three games that have propelled them to the very top of the AFC East.
These two teams are competing in a match for the second time in London; the first game took place at Wembley Stadium in 2015.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a longer history in London than the Bills, who have been chosen as the home team. Since 2013, they have appeared in at least one “home” game in London, and now they are coming here twice for the first time.
Josh Allen connected with Stefon Diggs on a 16-yard completion, but his pass to James Cook sailed over the goal line and was recovered by Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Travon Walker.
After defeating the Falcons the previous week, the Jaguars continued to prevail in London.
In addition to Calvin Ridley’s 122 receiving yards and Travis Etienne Jr.’s two touchdown runs, the Jacksonville Jaguars were led by Trevor Lawrence, who completed 25 of 37 passes for 315 yards and a touchdown to Zay Jones.
Despite Allen’s two touchdown passes and one touchdown run, the Bills’ three-game winning streak was ended.
Josh Allen led the club with 14 rushing yards and a touchdown while completing 27 of 40 passes for 359 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Two of the Bills’ receivers had 100-yard games. Gabe Davis made six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, while Stefon Diggs produced eight receptions for 121 yards and a score.
Jacksonville countered Buffalo’s successful touchdown drive with a similar one. And in London, that might be enough.
With 2:56 remaining, Travis Etienne Jr.’s 35-yard touchdown run provides the Jaguars a 25-13 advantage over the Bills.
On third down, Trevor Lawrence connected with receiver Calvin Ridley for a 32-yard gain to put the Jacksonville Jaguars in a strong position.
Jacksonville, which spent the week in London following last week’s victory over the Atlanta Falcons, may raise their record to 3-2. Against the New York Jets, the Bills can suffer their first defeat since Week 1.
A.J. Epenesa and Leonard Floyd both recorded two sacks, while Terrel Bernard led the Bill’s defense with 16 tackles.
Jacksonville maintained control of the ball for 38:12. 11 of the 19 penalties were committed by the Bills.
Jacksonville’s first down didn’t seal the victory. Logan Cooke punted 39 yards, Travis Etienne had three consecutive carries for a total of 4 yards, and Buffalo returner Deonte Harty botched the catch. At the Bills’ 6, the ball left the field.
At the half, Jacksonville leads 11-7.
With 17 seconds left in the half, Buffalo forced a turnover from Jacksonville to prevent additional deficit growth. The first half’s lone turnover was that one.
Despite having only 11 points, Jacksonville has dominated in terms of overall yards and time of possession. This time, they covered 91 yards in 10 plays before reaching the end zone. The defense of Buffalo is deteriorating.
Calvin Ridley received Trevor Lawrence’s first pass from 20 yards out. Travis Etienne of Jacksonville caught the ball for 10 yards to convert a third-and-five, and Bills CB Taron Johnson was assessed a 26-yard pass interfering penalty, which moved the ball to the Bills’ 32. On three consecutive plays, Jacksonville fed Etienne, and his 6-yard touchdown rush was the result.
The Jacksonville Jaguars lead the Bills 7-0 after receiver Zay Jones caught a touchdown ball from Trevor Lawrence for 6 yards.
Jones remained inbounds for the score and intercepted the pass at its highest point.
Ed Oliver, a defensive tackle for the Bills, was flagged for hands to the face on third-and-6, which prolonged Jacksonville’s drive. He was then flagged for roughing the passer on the touchdown throw, which moved the ball to the 1-yard line for an extra-point try.
Buffalo Bills Inactives vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Buffalo Bills have made their list of inactive players public ahead of Sunday’s game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. And while Shaq Lawson won’t be participating, Von Miller will.
CB Christian Benford due to shoulder, DE Greg Rousseau because of foot, DE Shaq Lawson regarding toe, S Damar Hamlin, DT Poona Ford, OL Alec Anderson, OL Germain Ifedi.