Sammy Watkins starting for Bills in Week 12

As it turned out, Rex Ryan had it exactly right.

The Buffalo Bills (5-5) will look to build off a road victory last week and avoid a letdown versus the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8) on Sunday as solid home favorites.

Another big drop by Atlanta receiver Julio Jones led to a possible six-point swing at the end of the first half vs. the Arizona Cardinals. In each of those losses, the Jaguars had the ball in the fourth quarter with a chance to either increase their lead or take the lead.

Buffalo is the better team, but that is no guarantee of a cover.

And that's what Jacksonville showed. Chris Ivory, who opened the scoring with a 2-yard run, was sidelined in the first half by a hamstring injury. Fact is. the Jags might have won had he not left with an injury (9 carries, 44 yards) during their second possession, not to return.

"He won't have a full workload, but we're definitely going to get him in there", Ryan said.

The Bills came into the game as the leading rushing team in the NFL.

It took an entire half for the aftereffects of Thanksgiving to wane, 30 minutes of "action" in which I thought was watching a Seinfeld re-run in which the characters kept asking each other "More turkey?"

Bortles carried eight times for 81 yards including a 27-yard sprint.

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"It left a bad taste in our mouth", guard Richie Incognito said. Through his first four games on the active roster, Lawson has averaged just over 21 snaps per game - which really isn't the type of output we expected when they first drafted him and declared him to be an immediate starter. "You're just trying to scratch and claw and win a football game". Taylor scored on a seven-yard rush three plays later to give the Bills the lead.

It wasn't just the defense stuffing the run in the first half that was impressive.

"It was ideal how it played out", McCoy said. You make surethey can get the play off by calling a timeout. That's a very talented team.

McCoy admitted the offense had become desperate.

With a healthy Watkins back, maybe we can all judge Taylor a little more fairly. "This game is far too important for us not to put everything into it, and the preparations got to be tight".

"We need to be smart with (Watkins)", Ryan said.

And the Bills' defense did, as well. The NFL is so tough ... there are great players everywhere. But one-dimensional football isn't sustainable, particularly against elite teams.

"What sticks with me is the fact we even let them back in the game", Bortles said. He didn't get them beat. "I'll take them as they come".

As Taylor noted, "He's a big target". With 5 seconds left, the Falcons dropped everyone deep expecting a Hail Mary throw on the final play. "Anytime you have an explosive play like that it's big for the offense". However, as long as the cornerbacks play soundly against the Jaguars, the defensive line wins the point of attack, and the Bills get their rushing game going, they should be fine. At this part of the season, a win is a win. "With Marcell in there, you can't paint a guy that you're going to turn your protection to or a guy you're going to mostly double, you know, different things like that".

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