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NFL : Money Line Matchup
Sunday 1/7/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




BUFFALO (9 - 7) at JACKSONVILLE (10 - 6)
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Week 18 Sunday, 1/7/2018 1:00 PM
AFC Wildcard Playoffs
Board Money Line
BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-7+5.48-67-818.99.1302.6(5)
Road Games3-5+1.13-43-517.68.4285.5(4.8)1.224.611.1349.6(5.4)1.1
Last 3 Games2-1+12-11-120.714.7322.0(5.4)
Grass Games2-2+22-11-316.27.5287.2(4.9)1.522.211.5319.0(5)0.5
BUFFALO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.911.119.730:0627-113(4.2)21-3462.3%231(6.8)61-344(5.6)(15.7)
Offense Road Games17.68.417.127:5227-102(3.7)20-3262.0%183(5.7)59-285(4.8)(16.2)
Defense (All Games)22.49.621.732:1129-125(4.3)23-3664.6%230(6.4)65-355(5.5)(15.8)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.410.819.530:0926-107(4.1)22-3463.2%232(6.7)61-339(5.6)(15.8)
Defense Road Games24.611.121.732:0830-121(4.1)22-3465.1%228(6.6)64-350(5.4)(14.2)
BUFFALO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-538.3%1-155.0%2-43(22)2-13(5.4)6-55
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.51.3 13-538.3%1-043.7%2-45(21.3)15-2(7.2)7-59
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-539.4%1-042.9%2-49(24.6)3-11(4.2)6-55

JACKSONVILLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games10-6+3.69-78-826.112.3365.9(5.6)1.416.76.9286.1(4.9)2.1
Home Games5-2+2.84-34-325.912.3402.7(6)
Last 3 Games1-2-1.71-22-129.316.7388.3(5.7)2.322.09.3262.3(4.4)1.0
Grass Games9-4+6.68-56-726.612.6369.8(5.6)1.316.86.8271.6(4.7)2.2
JACKSONVILLE - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)26.112.320.732:1933-141(4.3)20-3360.0%225(6.8)66-366(5.6)(14)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.711.419.331:3628-111(4)21-3461.6%226(6.7)62-337(5.5)(14.8)
Offense Home Games25.912.321.633:4832-135(4.3)23-3664.4%268(7.5)67-403(6)(15.6)
Defense (All Games)16.76.916.128:4227-116(4.3)18-3256.8%170(5.3)59-286(4.9)(17.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.20.710.518.830:5527-107(4)20-3460.2%215(6.4)61-322(5.3)(15.6)
Defense Home Games18.46.714.327:1127-115(4.3)15-2953.2%169(5.9)55-284(5.1)(15.4)
JACKSONVILLE - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-533.6%1-046.2%2-51(20.4)2-14(7.6)7-66
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.51.5 14-537.2%1-048.4%2-43(21.5)17-2(7.7)7-58
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-428.1%1-180.0%4-72(20.3)2-15(8.6)8-75
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 20.2,  JACKSONVILLE 17.7
BUFFALO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/12/2017NEW ORLEANS10-47L2L48O15-6916-28-129148-29818-25-1841
11/19/2017@ LA CHARGERS24-54L7L42O22-17321-39-220635-14625-37-2830
11/26/2017@ KANSAS CITY16-10W9W47U37-10419-29-164019-5523-36-1811
12/3/2017NEW ENGLAND3-23L7.5L49U26-18315-34-85135-19121-30-2441
12/24/2017@ NEW ENGLAND16-37L11L47.5O24-8421-38-242038-19321-28-2181
12/31/2017@ MIAMI22-16W-2.5W41.5U32-12619-27-186022-9330-44-2631
1/7/2018@ JACKSONVILLE            

JACKSONVILLE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/12/2017LA CHARGERS20-17W-5L40.5U27-13528-51-263230-8721-37-2352
11/19/2017@ CLEVELAND19-7W-7W37U44-13917-30-145118-5016-32-1345
11/26/2017@ ARIZONA24-27L-6L37O22-9119-33-128331-10822-38-2362
12/24/2017@ SAN FRANCISCO33-44L-4L43.5O28-9232-50-380335-13121-30-2381
12/31/2017@ TENNESSEE10-15L2.5L40.5U24-8315-34-146439-11612-21-1161
BUFFALO: The Bills were the second most run-heavy team in 2016, and that's unlikely to change under the new coaching staff. RB LeSean McCoy's 5.4 yards per rush was tops among runners with 150+ carries, and the Bills signed the NFL's best fullback in Patrick DiMarco. QB Tyrod Taylor's athleticism and arm strength are hindered by his lack of vision and anticipation. He's still stuck with a lackluster receiving group led by injury-plagued WR Sammy Watkins. The Bills will transition to a 4-3 scheme under new head coach Sean McDermott. DTs Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams have the talent to improve last year's awful run defense (29th in the NFL), and 2016's first two draft picks, DE Shaq Lawson and LB Reggie Ragland, are finally fully healthy. Departed CB Stephon Gilmore will be hard to replace, but former Packers S Micah Hyde and first-round draft pick CB Tre'Davious White bolster the secondary.
JACKSONVILLE: No. 4 overall draft pick RB Leonard Fournette will be the focus of the Jags offense, and he has the size and speed to contend for a rushing title. RB T.J. Yeldon is a solid No. 2 option who will play in passing situations. QB Blake Bortes was a disaster last year as his mechanics regressed, and he's been a turnover machine throughout his career (21 per season). He has a decent WR group in Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee. For the second-straight year, the Jaguars were big spenders in free agency, adding top-tier defenders CB A.J. Bouye and DE Calais Campbell. CB Jalen Ramsey and DEs Dante Fowler and Yannick Ngakoue all impressed as rookies last season, and LB Telvin Smith might be the league's most athletic linebacker. On paper, this looks like one the NFL's best defenses, but Jacksonville has been a bottom-ten team in points allowed for five-straight years.
Jags host Bills in battle of Cinderellas

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The NFL doesn't do the Cinderella story often, but one is coming when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild-card game on Sunday.

The question is, which is the Cinderella story?

The Jaguars (10-6) won their first-ever AFC South title, are in the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and will host their first playoff game since 1999 at EverBank Field. Jacksonville was an NFL-worst 17-63 over the previous five seasons.

The Bills (9-7) were able to snap a playoff drought that dated back to 1999, winning the sixth seed and final wild-card berth with a win over Miami in the regular-season finale.

The winner of Sunday's game will become the playoff darling.

There are other notable storylines as well.

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.

Marrone ended up missing out on an immediate head-coaching opening and was hired by former Jaguars coach Gus Bradley to be the offensive line coach. Marrone served as the interim coach for two games last season after Bradley was fired and was promoted to head coach last January.

Buffalo's roster has changed over significantly since Marrone left. There are only six players on the roster that played under Marrone. The Bills have also already fired the coach that succeeded Marrone -- Rex Ryan -- hiring first-year coach Sean McDermott.

Marrone's exit has come up before -- at his introductory press conference last January and at the league's scouting combine a month later when he acknowledged his "mistake." He tried to deflect questions as best he could on Monday.

"There has obviously been a lot of stuff out there," Marrone said. "That stuff is done. It is over. I can't put it any simpler than that. I am not going to take away from my primarily responsibility to look back on a situation that occurred three years ago. If I do that, then I shouldn't be the coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. My job is to make sure I do the best job for this team."

The two teams also completed a trade prior to the deadline Oct. 28, with the Bills sending high-priced defensive tackle Marcell Dareus for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick. The Jaguars had the worst run defense in the NFL when they made the move and ended up finishing 21st.

"I just told him to be smart (on Sunday)," Marrone said. "The last two games, he's played well. He looks like he's becoming more comfortable with the calls and what we do. Again, it's hard to insert someone right away."

The Bills don't seem to match up well on paper. They rank 30th in sacks allowed and are 29th in total offense.

The Jaguars defense ranks first in the NFL in yards-per-play, pass defense and interceptions and is ranked second in total defense, sacks and scoring defense.

They could be in line for another dominant outing, especially if Bills star running back LeSean McCoy can't play after injuring his ankle in Sunday's win over Miami. McCoy has carried 287 times for 1,138 yards with six touchdowns this season and has a team-high 59 catches for 448 yards and two scores.

McDermott would have a tall task in replacing McCoy. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is the team's second-leading rusher with 427 yards and four touchdowns. Mike Tolbert (247 yards) would likely fill in for McCoy, but is a plodding runner compared to the electric McCoy. Marcus Murphy made his season debut on Sunday, rushing for 41 yards. He has eight career carries in the NFL.

"You never replace a player like LeSean," McDermott said. "I've got a lot of confidence in Mike Tolbert and Murph and whoever else we put in the backfield. They did a nice job this past weekend and I expect them to do the same moving forward."

McCoy did not practice Wednesday. McDermott did say McCoy is maximizing his treatment opportunities.

McCoy's absence would put immense pressure on Taylor and the Bills' 31st ranked passing offense.

"We want the best for Shady," Taylor said. "If he's healthy, we want him absolutely to be out there playing and giving us his all. If he's not, we have a tremendous group of guys in the backfield that would be able to step in and carry the load. Of course, Shady's a special playmaker. You miss him if he's not out there, but at the same time, we can't use it as an excuse."

Defensively, Buffalo ranks 30th in stopping the run. That should give the Jaguars offense hope after two consecutive losses to close the regular season. The Jaguars lead the NFL in rushing offense and are fifth in scoring.

Point differential really separates the teams. The Jaguars are plus-149. That's second best in the AFC behind New England and tied for third in the NFL. Buffalo is minus-57. There are nine teams that didn't qualify for the playoffs with a better number.

Still, the Jaguars have shown a penchant lately for turnovers -- the stat that will be above all others on Sunday. Quarterback Blake Bortles has thrown five interceptions the last two games and the team has committed seven turnovers in that span.

"Everyone realizes it's your last chance," Bortles said. "If you lose, you go home. It's over. So there's no reason and no excuse to not play as hard as you can every single play, but I think our guys do that on a weekly basis anyways and I'm excited to go out there for this opportunity."

The Jaguars finished the season tied for fifth in turnover margin at plus-10. The Bills are plus-9, one of their few impressive stats.

"This is the start of a different type of season," Marrone said. "This is 12 teams. Every one of those teams has overcome something during the year and has earned the right to be here. Every one of those teams is dangerous and it comes down to how you perform on that Sunday."

Last Updated: 1/22/2019 4:05:44 PM EST

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