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Instant analysis, recap: Bills jet lagged by Jaguars in London

Here is the Bills Wire’s quick recap and instant analysis of Buffalo’s loss to Jacksonville in London in Week 5:

Game recap

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Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills offense looked like a shell of itself, struggling to find any sort of energy in Sunday’s loss. They opened the game with two three-and-outs and punted on their first four drives.

Buffalo’s defense hung tight against Jacksonville. With the unit missing several starters, the Bills defense held Jacksonville to 11 points in the first half.

Buffalo’s offense momentarily revisited their dominant ways over the past few weeks, scoring late in the second quarter. Buffalo completed an 11-play, 86-yard drive with a 15-yard pass to Stefon Diggs.

On the ensuring drive, the Bills defense once again made a massive play. AJ Epenesa sacked Jags QB Trevor Lawrence, resulting in a turnover. Epenesa recovered the fumble as well. Buffalo entered halftime down 11-7.

The second half started slowly with both teams trading punts. On Jacksonville’s second drive of the half, the Jaguars put together a 17-play drive. It ended with the Bills defense winning the battle, as Ed Oliver forced a fumble which was recovered by Tyrel Dodson.

The Bills, however, turned the ball over on their subsequent drive. Quarterback Josh Allen was picked off on a contested pass that Darius Williams wrestled away from Stefon Diggs.

Jacksonville would respond on their next drive, completing a 10-play, 93-yard drive with a six-yard touchdown rush by Travis Etienne.

The teams pushed the tempo as the fourth quarter progressed. Gabe Davis caught a touchdown pass with just over four minutes left to bring the Bills back within a score.

However, the Buffalo defense, which was gassed and undermanned, could not hold out any longer. Jacksonville pushed the ball down the field with ease, as Etienne ran off tackle for 35 yards to give the Jaguars a two-score lead once again.

Buffalo’s offense responded in a quick four-play drive culminating with  Allen rushing for a three-yard score.

That it was too little, too late. Buffalo could not recover the onside kid, and their fate in London was sealed.

Game balls

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(Photo by Peter Nicholls/Getty Images)
  • Stefon Diggs: eight receptions, 121 yards,touchdown.

  • Gabe Davis: six receptions, 100 yards, one touchdown.

  • AJ Epenesa: four tackles, two sacks, three passes defensed.

Keys to the game

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(Photo by Peter Nicholls/Getty Images)
  • Buffalo’s offense could not get things going until it was too late. There was too much pressure placed on the depleted Bills defense.

  • Jacksonville’s offense ran 82 plays compared to Buffalo’s 54.

  • The Bills were flagged 11 times, resulting in 109 yards worth of penalties.

  • Buffalo’s rushing attack was completely absent today. The unit rushed for only 29 yards.

  • Jacksonville’s offensive decisions were nearly perfect. Lawrence took check downs when necessary. He was aggressive and pushed the ball down the field when matchups were favorable.

  • Etienne rushed for 130 yards, and Calvin Ridley had 122 receiving yards. They were matchup nightmares today.

Quick hits

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(Photo by Peter Nicholls/Getty Images)
  • Injuries were a major issue for the Bills throughout the game. Matt Milano left early with a leg injury. Da’Quan Jones left the game with a pectoral injury.  Dalton Kincaid was evaluated for a head injury. Taron Johnson missed snaps due to a knee injury.

  • Terrel Bernard led the Bills with 16 total tackles.

  • Gabe Davis scored for the fourth-consecutive game.

  • Sam Martin punted six times on Sunday. He had seven punts over the first four games of the year.

What's next?

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Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills welcome a familiar face to Orchard Park next week, as former Buffalo offensive coordinator and New York head coach Brian Daboll leads the Giants in an interconference affair with Buffalo. It’s a featured Sunday night at Highmark Stadium.

Story originally appeared on Bills Wire