MATTHEW Wright kicked three field goals on Sunday, and the host Jacksonville Jaguars stifled the Buffalo Bills’ top-ranked scoring offense to produce a 9-6 upset.
Wright’s 21-yarder with 12:10 left in the game snapped a 6-6 tie, and the Jacksonville defense did the rest. The Jaguars sacked Josh Allen four times, including Dawuane Smoot’s 9-yard sack with 1:11 left that took Buffalo out of field-goal range.
Allen’s 4th-and-16 pass for Stefon Diggs with 1:02 remaining fell short, and Jacksonville (2-6) ran out the clock for the biggest win of Urban Meyer’s first season as the Jags’ head coach.
Allen completed 31 of 47 passes for 264 yards and tossed two interceptions. He wasn’t even the best player on the field with his name. Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen was a force all day with eight tackles, a sack, an interception and a pass defensed.
The Bills (5-3) outgained Jacksonville 301-218 but hurt themselves all day. They were flagged 12 times for 118 yards, drawing five 15-yard penalties.
Rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence missed part of the second quarter with an ankle injury but still hit 15 of 26 passes for 118 yards for the Jaguars.
Tyler Bass tied it for the Bills with a 24-yard field goal at the 3:54 mark, then gave them a 6-3 edge with a 41-yard field goal less than four minutes into the second quarter. Buffalo reached the 24 on that drive before an unnecessary-roughness flag quashed it.
Another Bills penalty — an illegal use of hands infraction — gave the Jaguars a first down on their next possession that pushed them to the edge of Wright’s range. — Reuters