LONDON – This was a big one. Huge, in fact.
The Jaguars beat the Buffalo Bills, 25-20, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Sunday – and perhaps most notable about the Jaguars' victory over the three-time defending AFC East Champions is they didn't play perfectly.
They made mistakes. They fumbled at key times. They gave up long plays at inopportune moments. They failed to take advantage of big opportunities.
And they still won. They won because after making mistakes at key times they made bigger plays at bigger times. They not only won, they kept control of the game and held off a team that's accustomed to playing in – and winning – big games.
This was a "big-boy" NFL victory. The fact that they didn't play perfectly to win means there likely will be more of these types of victories moving forward. That's good stuff for the good guys.
Let's get to it …
Greg from Jacksonville
I worried late in the first half when we didn't have a bigger lead.
This was a fair concern. The Jaguars left "points on the field" multiple times Sunday, settling for a field goal in the first half when a touchdown was possible, losing a fumble after reaching the Buffalo 12 late in the first half and losing another fumble after reaching the Buffalo 24 early in the fourth quarter. Those sorts of missed opportunities often lose games. Credit the Jaguars for persevering through them Sunday.
CaptBob from Jax
The first ever London Chimney Seep! I'm trade marking that.
Good one, CaptBob.
Bobby From Section 410 from Summerville, SC
Hi, John. The Jags better fix this short-yardage issue fast or it will be a long, bad season. If you can't convert from 2nd-and-1 might as well pack up and go home.
This was the much-ballyhooed, rarely-anticipated, oft-accurate First Email of the Game – and this came immediately after the Jaguars lost a yard on two runs after they faced 2nd-and-1 at their 40-yard-line on the game's first drive. A punt followed. As far as your thoughts that the team might as well pack up and go home if it can't gain a yard on two carries in a short-yardage situation. Yes. The good news is the Jaguars improved running as the game continued. It's not fair to ignore that.
JT from Palm Coast, FL
Offense is failing the defense. Going into the year I would have thought it would have been the other way around. Not sure what is broke with the offense, but it must get fixed or this season will be a wash.
This was not the first Email of the Game Sunday, but it was an early email – and it again shows the gamut of in-game emotions readers experience. The Jaguars produced 474 yards and 29 first downs Sunday against a defense that entered the game playing very well. The Jaguars' offense missed opportunities Sunday. It must still improve in the red zone. But it is far from broken.
Glenn from Tampa, FL
Johnny… winning is cool. I think I like it.
Nick from Virginia Beach
After 10 years of playing in London, there was no home field advantage against the Bills Sunday. Does anyone honestly believe this "London is home" works besides to make money?
The Jaguars were not the home team Sunday. The Bills were the home team and had a pro-Bills crowd. The Jaguars were the home game at Wembley Stadium the week before and had a pro-Jaguars crowd.
David from Eau Claire
Give it away, give it away, give it away now. Wonder what the focus for the offense this week?
Figuring out how to gain 474 yards again with 29 first downs might be near the top of the list.
Kinzie from Asheville, NC
Is it just me, or if we took care of the ball better on offense then we would have won this game handily? Thanks for what you do and go jags. Winning two in a row in London is very sweet.
Yes, the Jaguars would have won more handily without two turnovers. They beat a Super Bowl contender. Those victories usually don't come easy.
*Trevor from Jacksonville *
Our defense is legit, Trevor is clutch and easily the best Jaguars QB of all time, and we're going to the Superbowl. Am I overreacting? No.
One fer waiting to send emails until after the game.
Mike from Azores
Hey John, so we don't want to admit that Jaguars linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson is a first-round bust! How about the quarterback who keeps committing costly fumbles in the red zone area? Is true that Trevor was seen after the game walking to the bus without a football because he dropped it again?
One would think nine-thirty a.m. starts would curb heavy intake. Sometimes one thinks incorrectly.
Check out in game photos of the Jaguars Week 5 matchup against the Buffalo Bills at the one of a kind Tottenham Hotspur Stadium ➡️