The Jaguars are a better football team than the Buffalo Bills. I think everyone reading this would agree, and I see no reason why the better team in week 3 of the pre-season wouldn't beat the less talented team. I know that this year may be a little different as it pertains to starters playing, and I know that some of the Jaguars' key players will be missing from the game, but that's no excuse for losing this game. I'm not going to put much stock in this game, but a loss shouldn't happen.
The Jaguars made Matt Ryan look uncomfortable the entire time he was playing in their pre-season match-up against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have what I would consider a very sturdy offensive line, which is why I was so surprised to see Alualu and Mincey in the backfield the whole first half. Mincey, of course, will miss the Buffalo game with a concussion, but Alualu will be there, and he should be able to trouble the Bills' line.
I'll be honest here. I don't know a lot about the Buffalo Bills' direction going forward. They lost their star receiver, Lee Evans, this off-season, and they didn't seem to add much talent to their already poor team. The one thing I can say that they did right is they pushed all season last year. They had some heartbreaking losses, but you can't look at them and say they gave up like a lot of teams tend to do in that position. But as we know, talented players win games at this level, not heart.
The Jaguars have both. No, they're not yet on the level of the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, or Green Bay Packers, but they're on the right track. Going into the season, I thought their biggest concern would be defensive, but I think Gene Smith did a masterful job filling out that side of the ball, and I find that most analysts now focus on the lack of proven receivers for the Jaguars. This isn't anything new to the team, however. The Jaguars have been operating without top tier receivers since Jimmy Smith retired in 2006.
I know it's just a pre-season game, but week 3 is generally viewed as close to the real thing. There's no reason the Jaguars shouldn't beat the Bills Saturday night, but stranger things have happened. As for me, I'll be just trying to watch and enjoy the game.