The Buffalo Bills' defense set the offense up in good field position twice during the first quarter of today's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.
But it didn't result in much.
Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel has had a brutal start to his afternoon, going 2 of 7 for 31 yards and an interception in the first quarter. Manuel started the game 0 for 4 on Buffalo's first two drives, which began at the Jacksonville 25- and 43-yard lines, respectively. Despite those drive starts, the Bills managed just three points as the first quarter ended, 3-3.
Buffalo's first drive gained just 1 yard on a C.J. Spiller run. Manuel threw two incompletions, the second of which was intended for T.J. Graham on third down.
On Buffalo's next drive, Manuel scrambled for a first down on a third-and-8 play, but the Bills couldn't take advantage. On a third-and-18 play from the Jacksonville 37-yard line, Manuel had a screen pass attempted for C.J. Spiller intercepted by linebacker Geno Hayes.
Defense starts strong: Manuel's shortcomings ruined what had been a great start for the Buffalo defense. Safety Aaron Williams made the first big play, intercepting Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henned by undercutting a route by tight end Marcedes Lewis. The interception was Williams' fourth of the season, tying him for the team lead. Buffalo's next defensive possession might have been its best of the season. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams sacked Henne on first down, Jerry Hughes batted down a pass on second down, then Williams and Marcell Dareus teamed up to sack Henne on third down at the Jaguars' 1-yard line.
Tragedy: News Sports Reporter Tim Graham reported during the first quarter that Bills receiver Stevie Johnson's mother passed away unexpectedly last night. Graham reports that Johnson is "said to be devastated." Johnson, though, is in the lineup for the Bills. He has one catch for 4 yards.
Streak continues, then ends: Dan Carpenter's 42-yard field goal opened the scoring for the Bills. It was Carpenter's 11th straight made field goal this season. That streak ended, though, on Carpenter's next attempt, which was wide right from 54 yards on the Bills' third possession.