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NFL: Bills’ Allen Expected to Return to Face Reeling Jaguars, Ramsey

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After losing to Pittsburgh Sunday in a rematch of the 2017 AFC Divisional round, Jacksonville will face Buffalo in a rematch of the 2017 AFC Wild Card contest.

Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger who struggled for the first three quarters with just 60 passing yards, capped a final 17 minutes by diving over the goal line with five seconds remaining in the game to send the Steelers to a 20-16 win over the Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field.

It was the Steelers sixth win in a row since starting the season 1-2-1.

It also gave the AFC North Division leaders a measure of revenge for the two defeats that the Jaguars pinned on them at Heinz Field last year, including a 45-42 defeat in the second round of the playoffs.

On Sunday Leonard Fournette led the team in rushing (95) and receiving yards (46) and posted a 2-yard TD on the ground against the Steelers, registering his ninth career game with at least 100 yards from scrimmage (141).

Jalen Ramsey produced one of the best games of his career, intercepting Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger twice and leading the team with eight tackles.

In the locker room following the game, Ramsey told reporters, “I’m always going to bounce back. I was just coming out here trying to play to the best of my abilities. God blessed me with a whole lot of talent and I work hard to develop it and go out there and play for His glory.”

Josh Lambo converted all three of his FG attempts (48, 38 and 43 yards) against Pittsburgh.

Roethlisberger called the comeback huge.

“This is a good defense,” he said about the Jaguars. “A really good football team. Give them a lot of credit. We just never quit. And what’s kind of special about this group is that that we’re going to fight until the end, and we literally fought until the end. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the man upstairs and our defense, they were awesome today.”

Jaguars QB Blake Bortles was 10-of-18 for 104 passing yards. He was sacked six times for a minus-40 yards dropping the Jaguars net passing total to just 64 yards.

Bills QB Josh Allen is expected to return from a four-game absence due to a sprained right elbow on Sunday (1 p.m. ET) when the Bills (3-7) host the Jaguars (3-7).

Allen, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, has completed 75 of 139 passes for 832 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions this season.

The Bills have had a few players working their way through concussion protocol over the last few weeks. There was good news on Wednesday for Buffalo’s linebacking corps.

“Matt Milano has cleared the concussion protocol,” said head coach Sean McDermott.

 

 

 

The Bills are looking to handle the Jaguars, a team that has established a “mouthy” reputation around the NFL.

Roethlisberger in his postgame press conference shared how Telvin Smith kept reminding him how many interceptions he had thrown in the game.

Ramsey called Allen “trash” this past summer leading up to the regular season.

“We do what we do,” said McDermott. “Players are aware of that, in particular with the way the media is today, and social media at that. I don’t think I need to bring it to their attention that that’s being said about them, in particular our starting quarterback. Like I said, the game will be played on Sunday and we have a lot of respect for the opponent.

“(Jalen) made that comment in the offseason. I concern myself with Josh and making sure he’s ready to go.”

The Jaguars seek their first win in Buffalo since 2010.

(Thanks to Buffalo Bills Insider Chris Hughes for contributing to this article.)

 

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