Gameday Grades: The defense struggled most of the day but made plays down the stretch. The offense was awful early but used a last minute first half touchdown to get them going towards a big home win. Gameday Grades.
Bills Blitz: LeSean McCoy rumbled 75 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second half to wake the Bills up from a first half slumber. It ignited a second half offensive attack that led to a 28-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Bills did nothing early on as the Jaguars took the opening kickoff and marched down the field to take a 7-0 lead that lasted until McCoy ran it in from 7 yards out just before halftime to get the Bills on the scoreboard. Dan Carpenter's missed extra point had the Bills down 7-6 before McCoy's explosion after halftime. For a 2-8 team the Jags were resilient as they responded to the first two Bills second half touchdowns with TDs of their own to take a 21-20 fourth quarter lead. The Bills final scoring drive ended in a magnificent touchdown grab by Justin Hunter and McCoy's two point conversion gave them the final margin of victory. The defense came up with a fourth down stop and McCoy clinched it with a third down conversion in the final minute. Bills Blitz.
Injury Update: Walter Powell suffered a second half ankle injury and had to get carted off. He was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. Ronald Darby took a knee to the head in the first quarter. He walked off wobbly and went straight to the locker room. He did not return as he entered concussion protocol. Marcell Dareus left the game late with an abdominal stain. Rex Ryan hopes it's not serious. Injury Page.
Gameday Inactives: Percy Harvin and Seantrel Henderson are inactive after being listed as questionable for today's game. Harvin has migraine issues while Henderson is facing a suspension. Corbin Bryant is out for a third straight game with his shoulder injury he was listed as doubtful. Mike Gillislee and Robert Woods were ruled out on Friday. Robert Blanton was also ruled out on Friday but he was placed on injured reserve so he doesn't count among the inactives. With Harvin and Wood out the Bills are getting Sammy Watkins back at the right time although he will be on a pitch count. The healthy scratches are Brandon Spikes and Cardale Jones. Jordan Gay is active after being brought back to sure up the kick coverage unit that has slipped in recent weeks.
Harvin Out; Henderson Suspension Coming: Reports say that an old issue for Percy Harving has raised its ugly head and he will not play today. He missed the last two days of practice with an illness. It's now being reported that he is suffering from migraines which is a problem that plagued him early in his career. In other news, Ian Rapoport is now confirming a Jay Skurksi report from earlier this week that Seantrel Henderson is indeed facing a 10 game suspension. He reportedly is appealing it and may take the league to court over it. It is likely he is facing it for marijuana which he is being told by his doctors he should be using for his Crohn's Disease. Right now he is officially not suspended so he could play today but he is listed as questionable after missing two days of practice this week because of the birth of his son.
Gameday Weather: Decent Late November weather for today's matchup at New Era Field. The gametime temperature will be 41° with the winds out of the West at 11mph but diminishing during the game. It will feel like it is in the 30s. No rain in the forecast as the game will be played under partly sunny skies.
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Saturday November 26, 2016
Watkins Activated: The Bills have activated Sammy Watkins from the injured reserve-designated to return list. They also have brought back kickoff specialist Jordan Gay once again. To make room they placed Robert Blanton on injured reserve and released TE Gerald Christian. Blanton injured his foot last week in Cincinnati and the Christian would like have been a healthy scratch anyway. Depth Chart.