The Buffalo Bills (5-2) have found their franchise quarterback in Josh Allen, an All-Pro who has the Bills alone in first place in the AFC East through eight weeks. After guiding the Bills into the AFC Championship game and back-to-back playoff appearances, Allen signed a massive long-term contract extension this summer.
The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6) hope they have found their franchise quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 overall pick out of Clemson earlier this year who has at times struggled adjusting to the NFL, completing 59.6 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and nine interceptions through his first seven games.
Allen and the Bills will look to earn their third win this year over a Florida squad when the Bills travel to Jacksonville for a Week 9 clash on CBS. The game will be the primary 1 p.m. EDT CBS broadcast only for fans in the Buffalo and Jacksonville viewing markets, along with a large portion of Wyoming, where Bills’ quarterback Josh Allen played football during his collegiate days.
CBS’s broadcast team consists of Andrew Catalon handling the play-by-play duties, with former Bill James Lofton serving as the color analyst and Jenny Dell as the sideline reporter.
The areas that can see the game are highlighted in orange (map courtesy of 506sports):
Besides Buffalo traveling to Jacksonville, the rest of the CBS early slate of games includes the Cleveland Browns traveling to play the Cincinnati Bengals (in red), the Las Vegas Raiders at the New York Giants (green), and the New England Patriots at the Carolina Panthers (yellow). The CBS late game pits the Los Angeles Chargers against the Philadelphia Eagles (purple).
Sunday’s matchup will be the 18th meeting all-time between the Bills and Jaguars. The Bills hold a narrow 9-8 lead in the all-time series.
The last time these two squads squared off was Allen’s rookie season, when, Allen ran for a touchdown and connected with Robert Foster on a 75-yard touchdown pass as the Bills emerged with a 24-21 win on Nov. 25 in Orchard Park. Allen finished with 259 yards of total offense (160 passing and 99 rushing), Jordan Poyer and Matt Milano each recorded interceptions, and Kyle Williams posted 1.5 sacks of Blake Bortles in the win.
Buffalo has won four of the previous six matchups with Jacksonville, with the Jaguars last win coming in the Wild Card round of the 2017 season, a 10-3 victory in Jacksonville.