The Buffalo Bills' lead is in danger of evaporating today against the Jacksonville Jaguars in EverBank Field.
Buffalo leads, 20-13, after three quarters, but the fourth quarter will start with the Jaguars driving.
After turning in one of his best quarters of the season, rookie quarterback EJ Manuel was not able to continue the momentum in the third quarter. The Bills went three and out coming out of halftime, then failed to produce any points on their second drive. On their third possession of the third quarter, Manuel was sacked by Jaguars defensive back Winston Guy, and fumbled on the play. The ball was recovered by Sen'Derrick Marks for the Jaguars.
Jacksonville previously had cut Buffalo's lead to a touchdown with a 55-yard field goal by Josh Scobee.
Offensive line woes: The Bills' offensive line has had its moments today, but far too often Manuel's protection has broken down. Right tackle Erik Pears took a killer false start penalty, as well, on Buffalo's second drive of the third quarter. With the Bills near midfield, Pears jumped on a first-down play. The Bills couldn't convert the ensuing first and 15.
Fumble! The Jaguars were about a foot away from scoring a touchdown to make the score 20-17, but rookie Denard Robinson, the former Michigan quarterback, fumbled at the 1-yard line. Bills safety Aaron Williams made a great play to knock the ball loose from Robinson. The ball went out of the back of the end zone for a touchback to give the Bills possession.
Another fumble! Before Robinson fumbled, Jaguars receiver Mike Brown put the ball on the ground for the third time in the game. Brown was stripped by Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin, but the ball fortunately bounced back to him while he was on the ground and Jacksonville maintained possession. Brown's playing time has to be in jeopardy if he's going to fumble this much.