Jacksonville enters playoffs with little postseason experience

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

"In my head I'm going, so I'm just going to put it like that", Lee said. Always looking for something else to get better at. He's dying to say how he really feels about getting dumped by the Buffalo Bills in October for a late-round draft pick.

Three seasons ago, when Jackson won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, he said one of his coaches used to mention frequently that National Basketball Association star LeBron James would cut off his phone and avoid social media throughout his team's playoff run. Taylor was given the job back - thanks to Peterman's horrific performance that some Bills fans still defend - but Tyrod is a limited quarterback who doesn't make mistakes, but doesn't win games.

Once hoping to make his first playoff appearance with the Bills, Marcel Dareus (right) is now facing his former team as a member of the Jaguars.

Handing Doug Marrone and Marcell Dareus some payback might not be verbalized by most, if not all of the players, coaches, and others with current ties to the club, but I'm willing to bet deep down it will fuel the players on both sides of the ball to send the citizenry into even further "fandemonium" with a victory. Punter Brad Nortman, who has appeared in six games.


It looks like Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy will not let something trivial like an ankle injury stop him from a taking shot at glory.

"Back when I was a young buck", Lewis recalled. Without him, Buffalo will have a hard time getting much accomplished against a Jacksonville defense that is one of the best in the league.

Coaches can only preach that so much to players who have not experienced the postseason. The victor gets a shot at Pittsburgh, who Jacksonville beat 20-9 in the regular season. I don't think Jacksonville will need a miracle to knock out the Buffalo this time. Bills won three of last four in regular season, eked into playoffs when Bengals stunned Ravens by scoring on fourth-down pass in final minute.

"It's ramped-up just a little bit - the intensity, the speed, the energy in the stadiums and the opposing team", Nortman said. "But we're not losing sight of how good he is with the football and how well he has thrown the football". Of course we want to be balanced, but in order to be balanced you've got to get the running game going, no matter what it is.


The Jaguars defense should be able to contain the Bills regardless of McCoy playing or not. "Go out there and do what you do".

"He knows those guys better than anybody in this locker room, including coaches", Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson said.

The Bills come into the playoffs as the sixth seed in the AFC. Murphy was promoted off the practice squad last week and led Buffalo with 41 yards rushing, while adding two catches for 7 yards against Miami.

"Like I said before, experience is a good thing", Marrone said.


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