The Buffalo Bills have made the NFL playoffs and every Bills fan in the world is thrilled. However, they’re a team that can do some damage in the playoffs, especially against a struggling opponent like the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags lost their final two games of 2017 and stumbled their way into the postseason. That being said, Jacksonville still has an extremely talented roster with players that can hurt the Bills. Here are the top five Jags that can impact the Wild Card game.
RB Leonard Fournette
The rookie out of LSU has had an incredible season. Fournette eclipsed the 1,000 yards rushing in Week 17 and has scored nine touchdowns this year. Fournette is by far Jacksonville's best offensive player. Expect the Bills to load up the box to try and slow their rushing attack early in the game.
QB Blake Bortles
If the plan of stacking the box against Fournette works, then it will be up to Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles to beat the Bills through the air. The turnover-prone QB has thrown five interceptions in the last two games and 13 in 2017. Bortles is a bit of a running threat, but not in a way that can take control of the game. (He did have 81 rushing yards against Buffalo in 2016.) With the extra men in the box, Bortles will have to open up the passing attack, which will probably benefit the Bills and their talented secondary.
CB Jalen Ramsay
Ramsay will give the Bills wideouts fits all day. Considering the Bills have one of the worst passing games in the NFL, if Ramsay plays the way he normally does Tyrod Taylor might just want to stay away from that side of the field all day. The one way the Bills can exploit Ramsay is in his size. Using a big man like Ramsay’s college teammate Kelvin Benjamin (who is five inches taller than Ramsay) could be the only mismatch available for the Bills passing game.
DT Marcell Dareus
We all know what Dareus is capable of doing in the middle of the line. He causes pressure to the quarterback, but more importantly he puts a stop to the run game. Before joining the Jags, Jacksonville had one of the worst run defenses in the NFL giving up almost 140 yards per game on the ground. Now since his arrival, Jacksonville gives up fewer than 100 yards per game. This would cause problems for the Bills even if Shady was totally healthy and since he’s not, the offensive line will have to limit Dareus’ production and make big holes for the running backs
Head Coach Doug Marrone
Marrone had a tendency to be extremely conservative while he was the head man in Buffalo. The last few years have changed him in that area. Jacksonville has gone for it on fourth down 13 times on the season and converted 10 of those times. Marrone also seems to be more willing to call trick plays like a fake punt in some situations. Given the magnitude of the game, it will either make Marrone shrink back into his conservative shell or turn into a riverboat gambler.