JACKSONVILLE – They returned home, and the feeling remained good.
The Jaguars won a second London game in as many weeks Sunday, beating the Buffalo Bills a week after beating the Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium. The victory kept the Jaguars atop the AFC South, with Head Coach Doug Pederson on Monday saying Sunday felt important beyond the standings.
"Overall, it gives you confidence moving forward," Pederson said the day after a 25-20 victory over the Bills at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Pederson, speaking to local media Monday following the team's return to Jacksonville, called the three-time defending AFC East Champion Bills "a great football team."
"They're playing with a lot of confidence, obviously, and [they're] a well-coached team," Pederson said of Buffalo, which entered Sunday having won three consecutive games by a combined 90 points. "For our guys to go out and go toe to toe with them, No. 1, it just shows where our guys are, and the type of team we have.
"It's a no-quit mentality. They hung in there for 60 minutes. It wasn't a perfect football game by any means. There are a lot of areas we can continue to improve. But it gives you sort of an outlook at what you can be and, and who you can become."
Pederson added, "It's the type of football team that we are right now. We have areas to clean up and we'll do that. We have some areas to clean up and, and we'll do that and continue to get better.
The Jaguars, after a 1-2 start through three games, are 3-2 and tied with the Indianapolis Colts for first place in the AFC South a game ahead of the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans. After beating the Colts 31-21 in Week 1 in Indianapolis, they will play host to the Colts at EverBank Stadium Sunday at 1 p.m.
A storyline entering the week: How the Jaguars adjust to Eastern Daylight Time after 10 days on British Summer Time.
"The fatigue aspect is real," Pederson said. "It takes a couple of days to get back on the Eastern (Daylight) Time from a time-zone that's actually five hours ahead. I'm going to be very mindful of that this week and making sure the guys get plenty of rest during the week but at the same time, getting our work done the rest of the week and preparing for Indy on Sunday.
"It's a give and take this week, the players have to understand that, and we still have to get our work in."
The Jaguars on Sunday outgained the Bills, 474-388, and had 29 first downs to 18 for the Bills. The Jaguars held the Bills to one touchdown until less than five minutes remained, with running back Travis Etienne Jr.'s fourth-quarter touchdown runs of six and 35 yards securing the victory.
Etienne rushed for 136 yards on 26 carries and caught four passes for 48 yards, rushing for 111 second-half yards on 17 carries. The Jaguars converted 10 of 18 third-down opportunities, with Etienne running for a key fourth-quarter first-down with a 10-yard gain on third-and-5 from the Bills 27.
Etienne rushed for 11 yards on the ensuing carry, and his six-yard touchdown on the next play gave the Jaguars an 18-7 lead.
"He's so impactful," Pederson said. "In those third down spots, just to be able to run the football and pick up a first down. Sometimes for a defense, that changes the way maybe you call up the next time on third downs. Those are things that we've got to continue to improve, but Travis is definitely someone that we can lean on in the run game and the pass game to help us overcome some of those third downs.
"Overall, I thought Etienne had an outstanding, probably his best, game of the year."
- Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson, playing for the first time this season, sustained a hyperextended elbow late in the fourth quarter and returned to the game. "He'll be fine," Pederson said Monday. Two other offensive starters Sunday, wide receiver Zay Jones and left guard Walker Little, were scheduled to undergo MRIs after leaving Sunday's game with knee injuries.
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