BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — There would be no letdown loss to Jacksonville this year.
In former Buffalo Bills head coach and current Jaguars offensive line coach Doug Marrone’s return to New Era Field, the Buffalo Bills handed the Jaguars a 28-21 loss, moving the Bills to 6-5 and keeping their playoff hopes alive. Jacksonville fell to 2-9 with the loss.
LeSean McCoy ran for more than 100 yards for the first time since Week 6. He scored two touchdowns while Tyrod Taylor added two of his own, leading the Bills to a comeback win after Jacksonville took multiple second-half leads. In his first action since Week 2, Sammy Watkins caught 3 passes for 80 yards to lead Buffalo in receiving.
Jacksonville opened scoring with its first touchdown on an opening drive in its past 25 games, keyed by a strong ground game from Blake Bortles and Chris Ivory, who would later leave with a hamstring injury. The Bills couldn’t respond until their final offensive play of the first half, a Taylor pitch to LeSean McCoy that went for a short score (followed by a Dan Carpenter missed PAT). McCoy then opened the second half with a 75-yard TD run on the very first play of the frame, the longest run of his career.
After a Bortles TD pass to Marquise Lee, the Bills answered with a 60-yard pass to Sammy Watkins, capped off by a Taylor touchdown run on 3rd down. Jacksonville regained the lead on an Allen Hurns 12-yard score to bring the score to 21-20.
Taylor then hit Justin Hunter for a 16-yard touchdown to give the Bills the lead once again. LeSean McCoy added a two-point conversion to bring Buffalo’s lead to 28-21.
The Bills now head back to California for a second time this season to take on the Oakland Raiders.