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AFC Wildcard Sunday - Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars

12 January 2018

Jaguars first-year coach Doug Marrone coached the Bills in 2013-14 before opting out of his contract and walking away with a $4 million payout when Buffalo changed ownership.

Stadium food provider Delaware North is preparing a special teal-based menu for Jacksonville's playoff game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, breaking out the special dyes to turn brews, burgers and more a special shade of light blue.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game at the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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For the first time in 18 years, fans get to see their Jaguars play a postseason game in Jacksonville. Who knows. There's no way Marrone is coming in with any Bortles-centric gameplan. "They've been through quite a bit". Jacksonville leads the NFL in rushing, and Buffalo owns the fourth-worst rush defense in the league. It was practically impossible for the Bills to usurp the New England Patriots for an AFC East title, considering that Brady & Co. turned in a 13-3 record this season.

In finishing 9-7, the Bills were 8-2 when topping 100 yards rushing.

Knowing the focus of this game would naturally be about his time in - and exit from - the city of Buffalo, Marrone was quick to let the media know that the past is just that: the past.

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So what's going to happen in the Jaguars first postseason game since the days of Maurice Jones-Drew and David Garrard? "There obviously has been a lot of stuff out there". It's over. I can't put it any simpler than that. "And I don't want to be in the same situation". This game is for old-school football fans who scream "defense wins championships" and "you have to run the ball and stop the run to win in the playoffs!".

In an interview on WTMJ-AM, McCarthy said his message to players was "there's a standard in Green Bay and we didn't meet it". My job is to coach this team. Add in his team-leading 59 receptions during the regular season, and there's clearly not a more important player for the Bills on Sunday. Rookie running back Leonard Fournette has rushed for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns and has carried the Jags offense a majority of the season. "Yeah, there's been some games where we've passed the ball pretty well, but our run game is who we are as the offense". Furthermore, the Bills need all the help they can get to overcome the league's No. 2 overall defense. While he stopped short of calling the Jaguars soft over the past several seasons, he did say that toughness was missing from the franchise, whether it was players not fighting through injuries, breaking down mentally at crucial parts of the game or failing to finish games. No one expected them to make the postseason in a rebuilding year under freshman head coach Sean McDermott.

As porous as the team's run defense is, the Bills finished second in the AFC, right behind Jacksonville, in rushing offense, as running back LeSean McCoy ran for 1,138 yards, third in the conference. If McCoy is unavailable, it would be a devastating blow to Buffalo's chances of pulling off the road win and advancing to the Divisional Round.

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So call me insane, but I'm picking the Bills in an upset.

AFC Wildcard Sunday - Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars