It’s been a decade since either the Buffalo Bills or Jacksonville Jaguars have won a playoff game, but that changes on Sunday afternoon, as the pair of beleaguered franchises meet at EverBank Field for an AFC wild-card matchup.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on CBS. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch a live stream of CBS on your computer or on another streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services. They cost a monthly fee but all come with a free trial, so you can watch today’s game at no cost:
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FuboTV: CBS (live in at least 20 markets) is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package, which gives you access to 70-plus channels and costs $19.99 per month for the first two months and $39.99 per month after that. It also comes with a free 7-day trial, and you can watch on your computer via the Fubo website, or on your tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
Watching on Your Phone: If you want to watch the game on your mobile device, you can do so via either the NFL Mobile app or Yahoo Sports app, which are both free to download from both the App Store and the Google Play Store
The Jaguars defense, which ranks first in the NFL in yards per play allowed (4.6), first in Football Outsiders’ efficiency ratings and second in sack percentage, has been out of this world. However, this game always comes down to quarterback play, and their level of playoff success is still likely to largely hinge on Blake Bortles.
While Bortles has improved significantly on last year’s disastrous campaign, he still remains fairly unpredictable. But fortunately for the Jaguars in this particular matchup, they’ll be at home, where Bortles has completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 267.9 yards per game, 7.65 yards per attempt and a 15-to-5 TD:INT ratio, helping the Jags to a 6-2 record. Conversely, he has completed just 55.6 percent of his throws on the road, averaging 193.0 yards per game and 6.35 yards per attempt with a 6-to-8 TD:INT ratio.
Moreover, as noted by Pro Football Focus’ Pat Thorman, Buffalo’s lack of pressure should further help Bortles and the Jags offense:
On the other side of the ball, LeSean McCoy’s ankle injury looms large. He has been a massive part of Buffalo’s offense, and if he can’t go, plodding back Mike Tolbert is the backup. That essentially means the Bills would have to lean on an inconsistent Tyrod Taylor to try to pick apart arguably the league’s best secondary, which could ultimately spell disaster.
The Jaguars are nine-point favorites, and the game is being given a minuscule over/under of 39 points. If Jacksonville wins, it’ll set up a road matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team the Jags beat by 21 earlier in the year. If the Bills pull off the upset, they’ll head to New England to face the division rival Patriots.