The Jaguars will get another chance this Sunday to display the consistency they lacked through the first four games of the season. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills, a model of consistency, are desperate to change their ways.
"We're very fortunate that we have good people and they understand that we've got work to do and we can get better and see where mistakes are being made and let's go on the field and not make those mistakes. So, we all point the finger at ourselves," Bills coach Chan Gailey said of his team's 0-4 start.
Being winless doesn't begin to tell the Bills' tale of woe. They have the league's worst offense, worst passing game and worst run-defense. They do almost nothing well.
They're also next-to-last in the league in first downs per game and just one notch higher in third-down efficiency. They're also last in the league in third-down defense, points allowed per game, points per game differential and net yards per game differential.
Consistency? No team in the league has achieved the level of consistency the Bills have.
The Jaguars are the Bills' polar opposite. The Jaguars followed a rousing win over Denver on opening day with two 25-point defeats that weren't as close as the final scores would indicate. Then, when everyone expected the Jags were headed for another lopsided defeat, they responded this past Sunday with arguably the most thrilling victory in franchise history, a 31-28 win over Indianapolis that was sealed on the final play of the game, when Josh Scobee kicked a 59-yard field goal.
"I think the question last week (was), 'Is there any way you can keep the sky from falling on top of your head?' coach Jack Del Rio said. "This week it's different."
The question this week is: Can the Jaguars follow a strong performance with another strong performance? It's something they haven't done this season. In fact, the last time the Jaguars won consecutive games was on Nov. 22 of last season, when they capped a three-game winning streak with an 18-15, come-from-behind win over the Bills.
"You can paint it a lot of different ways but we need to find a way to somehow scratch out a win, and I'm sure they feel the same way. We're going to find out how we respond on Sunday," Del Rio said.
Sunday's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium will be the first game in four seasons that'll be blacked out to local television in Buffalo. It's the Jaguars' second blackout of the season, but both have been on the road.
Clearly, the Bills are in rebuilding mode. The caretaker of that project at quarterback is Ryan Fitzpatrick, who replaced Trent Edwards a couple of games ago. Edwards, of course, is now the Jaguars' backup quarterback.
Asked if Fitzpatrick is the Bills' quarterback of the future, Gailey said: "This week. If we're a great team, you can start talking about the future. When you're not a great team, you start talking about today and now. You don't talk about the future."
Fitzpatrick was the quarterback in last year's game between the two teams. He threw a 98-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens to give the Bills a 15-10 lead early in the third quarter. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams and linebacker Paul Posluszny were the stars of that game for the Bills. Fitzpatrick quarterbacked then-winless Cincinnati to a win over the Jaguars in 2008.
"He's very intelligent. He knows where to go with the ball," Gailey said of Fitzpatrick, who played at Harvard. "He doesn't mind throwing it into small windows. He understands the game very well and he can run. He can make some things happen with his feet."
Bills quarterbacks haven't made much happen with their arms this season, but the Jaguars pass-defense is ranked 30th in the league so, it would seem, something has to give in Buffalo on Sunday.