The Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) have a big test ahead in a key AFC battle with the Buffalo Bills (3-1) in London. In a matchup that features two legit offenses, the key battle may come down to which Josh Allen impacts the game the most.
Coming off a 48-20 thumping of the Miami Dolphins, Josh Allen the quarterback had his way offensively. Allen completed 21 of 25 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns. If he has that kind of day in London, it could be a long day for the Jaguars’ defense who feature their own version of Josh Allen.
Allen is one defensive player who has had success against the Bills quarterback is his name’s sake. In the Jaguars’ 9-6 victory back in November 2021, Allen the pass rusher got a sack and an interception on Allen the quarterback as Jacksonville’s defensive line made life difficult for the quarterback.
That is the kind of game the Jaguars’ defensive needs to have in this key AFC matchup. As for Allen the signal caller, he has the memory of the game the other Allen had against him fresh in his head.
“He got me last time we played,” Allen said, via ESPN. “He’s coming off a really good week too. He’s a baller. He’s still considered kin of a young guy in this league, but he’s playing really good football right now.
“And their defensive group right now is playing at a high level, they work together very well. So, we’re going to have our hands full.”
Speaking of last week, Josh Allen the quarterback hunter had 3.0 sacks and a forced fumble against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 4. Which Allen will be the game changer or game breaker in this one? There’s a good bet a player named Josh Allen will have a great game.
Bills take: Von Miller returns, Dalton Kincaid a rookie to watch
Josh Allen getting to Josh Allen is key for the Jaguars’ defense, but on the other side of the ball, Trevor Lawrence will have his hands full against the pass rush attack of the Buffalo Bills, especially with the return of Von Miller who will suit up for this game in London.
After missing the first four weeks of the season, the veteran pass rusher is excited to get back out there and should give a jolt to a Bills’ defense that will be without young pass rusher Gregory Rousseau for this game.
Offensively, all eyes will be on the Allen to Stefon Diggs connection, but Allen is starting to get the ball to rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid. Look for Dalton to have his best game of the season against an aggressive Jaguars defense that will be keyed in on limiting Diggs and keeping Allen the quarterback in the pocket.
Jaguars take: Cam Robinson returns, but can the running game?
The Jaguars will also get a key player back for this game as the left tackle Cam Robinson will return after a four-game suspension due to violating the NFL’s police on performance-enhancing drugs.
This is a huge boost for the Jags’ offensive line as they will need to protect Lawrence in this game and help get that running game going against the Bills. Can Travis Etienne Jr., and rookie running back Tank Bigsby make an impact in this game?
So far, the Jaguars rush attack has been ranked near the bottom of the league in most statically categories, most notably yards per carry in which they rank No. 25 in the league at 3.6 yards per carry.
Prediction: The Jaguars will get it done in the air offensively as they find a way to limit the Bills’ pass rush. Lawrence and Calvin Ridley will strike early to set the tone on offense. Defensively, the Jaguars version Josh Allen will continue his dominance in London with two sacks on Allen in a Jaguars’ 30-27 victory over the Bills at Wembley Stadium.