The Bills need to address the wide receiver needs either in the draft or free agency.
It was that ugly, that sluggish, and certainly some of the lack of production had to do with the Bills' deficiencies on offense.
Bortles, the Jaguars' much-maligned quarterback, passed for only 87 yards on 23 attempts Sunday, overthrowing even basic screen passes.
Blake Bortles can thank the Buffalo Bills' offense for sending the Jacksonville Jaguars to the divisional round of the playoffs. Looking deeper, his ball placement and accuracy were horribly off, and he looked gunshy in the pocket for the majority of the game. Coach Sean McDermott and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison elected to call a run-pass option instead of giving it to McCoy, who had eight touchdowns on the season.
The key to success for the Jaguars will be to score early and avoid the multitude of three-and-out drives that transpired against the Bills. Zay Jones dropped a pass, and a ideal throw from Taylor bounced off the chest of Logan Thomas and into the hands of a Jacksonville defender.
-Opponents are loading up against the run because they have little respect for Bortles and a banged-up receiving corps that features two rookies.
Season grade: Above average. This caused Peterman to step in and lead a possible comeback. On his first play, Peterman escaped a sack and scrambled for a first down. They just could not execute on both sides of the ball.
It is very likely we have seen Tyrod's last game as a Buffalo Bill.
The only other Jaguars points in the game came off the foot of kicker Josh Lambo, who knocked in a 44-yard field goal at the end of the first half to tie the game at 3-3.
The Playoff Bills were strikingly similar to the group that finished 29th in offensive yards per game through 16 regular season games. That cost them dearly, because they had to settle for a field goal. Taylor sustained a concussion and had to leave the game.
Perhaps surprisingly, the loss was a bit heartbreaking for Buffalo fans.
However, the Bills' loss can't be blamed on their defense. Brown and Gaines are more likely to have another chance in Buffalo. I am going to lean towards McCoy playing good enough for the Bills to win a close but low scoring game, punctuated by an untimely Bortles interception. The Bills exceeded preseason expectations to finish in the middle of the National Football League pack for the regular season. But when you have as suffocating of a defense as Jacksonville does, you can get away with it. As the Bills head into the offseason they will be faced with plenty of questions about 2018, one of those being what to do with Tyrod Taylor (who left the game with an apparent head injury with 1:17 to play in the 4th quarter). Their two biggest acquisitions were Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde no doubt. He was taken by Jacksonville with the 114th pick.
The Bills' fast start helped them stay out of the basement of the AFC, where they were expected to finish after firing coach Rex Ryan and eventually general manager Doug Whaley following a 7-9 record last season.