JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Quarterback Josh Allen was frank with his assessment of the Buffalo Bills’ performance in a 9-6 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“Credit to them. They came out, they wanted it more,” Allen said. “We had a lot of little things that added up to big things. I put the ball in danger too often. He hit us on the butt. I played like shit, excuse my language, but that starts with me.”
The Jaguars earned their second win of the season by ending a 25-game streak in a row allowing 21 points scored, according to research from ESPN Stats & Information. The Bills closed as favorites by 15.5 points, making Jacksonville’s victory the fourth-largest road loss in the NFL since 1966.
“I have to be smart with the ball and finish every attack with a kick,” Allen said. “Understanding how our defense was playing, not giving them shortstop. Again, I managed to be better. I played like shit today.”
The quarterback threw two interceptions for the first time this season and had a fumble. It was his first game with three turnovers since a 2019 loss to the New England Patriots, which was also the last game in which he did not throw passing touchdowns along with multiple interceptions.
The Bills didn’t have two starting offensive linemen due to injuries, right tackle Spencer Brown and guard Jon Feliciano, and it showed. Allen finished the day completing 31 of 47 passes for 264 yards and rushed for 50 yards on five carries. Buffalo’s running backs, who have struggled this season, didn’t help matters. They were limited to 22 yards on nine carries.
“I was just watching from the sidelines and one thing I know is they don’t have the same energy as us,” cornerback Shaquill Griffin said. “I feel like if you feel like a team deserved this victory, it’s us, but you have to believe that. That’s something I kept preaching to everyone else. Look on the sidelines, watching them walk, it’s like I don’t care. They don’t deserve. this. We’re going to show you why. “
The Bills started the game with two field goals, but then they kicked the ball or had a fumble on each subsequent possession until the last one, which ended badly. Despite multiple opportunities to take command of the game, the Bills’ offense failed to get on the board in the second half.
The Jaguars defense made a key early stoppage that prevented the Bills from taking a lead in the first quarter by forcing Buffalo to kick a 24-yard field goal after having the ball in the first and the goal from the 3-yard line. of the Jaguars.
Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence called it “one of the best defensive performances I’ve ever seen.”
In the midst of the victory, Lawrence’s right ankle sprain forced him to leave the game late in the first half. The injury, which occurred when left tackle Walker Little appeared to step on Lawrence’s foot, initially appeared to be serious as they helped him from the field to the locker room with 3:16 left in the first half.
But Lawrence came back before the half was up and played the rest of the game. He will be closely monitored throughout the week as the Jaguars prepare for Sunday’s game in Indianapolis.
“I feel a little better,” Lawrence said after the game. “I scanned it. Nothing to worry about. See how you feel tomorrow and the rest of the week. I’m sure it’s going to hurt. We’ll see. Get a lot of treatment and try to recover.”
Jacksonville coach Urban Meyer said his heart skipped “like everyone else in that stadium” when he saw Lawrence on the ground clutching his ankle and wanted to make sure the first overall pick was okay before letting him get back on the field.
“He was ready to fight me when I didn’t let him in,” Meyer joked. “I had to remind him that I am still his coach.”
ESPN Staff Writer Michael DiRocco contributed to this report.