JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The winning streak is over, but this was a different loss than the Jacksonville Jaguars have experienced this season.
They made the same kinds of mistakes that hurt them in the first eight weeks -- turnovers, missed assignments on defense, missed tackles -- but the difference in Sunday’s 27-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills is that the Jaguars were in the game and had a chance to win it in the fourth quarter.
Unlike their other losses, this wasn’t a blowout. In fact, it was the first loss this season by less than double digits. That means finding the top 10 Jaguars playmakers from the game is significantly easier than it was in the other nine losses.
Remember, this isn’t a list of MVP candidates, but a compilation of the players who are making the biggest difference each week.
Here we go, with last week’s rankings in parenthesis:
1. RB Jordan Todman (7): The first-year back filled in for an injured Maurice Jones-Drew and was the offensive MVP. He ran for 109 yards and caught four passes for 44 yards. He proved he can be a viable No. 2 back.
2. TE Marcedes Lewis (4): Lewis caught a touchdown for the third game in a row for the first time in his career. He led the Jaguars with four catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. He was a big factor in the running game pounding out a season-high 159 yards.
3. K Josh Scobee (NR): He hit two field goals, including a season-long 55 yarder that is tied for the second-longest field goal of his career.
4. LB Geno Hayes (3): Hayes picked off a pass for the second consecutive week. He had only one tackle but he played through a knee injury and still managed to deliver a big play that set up a field goal.
5. S Winston Guy (NR): Guy seemed to be all over the field. He made six tackles, sacked EJ Manuel and forced a fumble. He’s still a little wild and lined up wrong several times, but he had worked at strong safety for the first time last week.
6. DT Sen'Derrick Marks (NR): Seems like he makes one or two big plays a game and he did it again against the Bills, sacking Manuel once and recovering the fumble that Guy forced.
7. LB Paul Posluszny (6): It was another typical Posluszny performance. He led the team in tackles (13) and added a quarterback hit. He has been the Jaguars’ most consistent player this season.
8. DE Tyson Alualu (NR): He plays a spot that’s not going to produce a lot of sacks and therefore gets overlooked, but he was solid against the Bills. He had six tackles, a tackle for loss, and a quarterback hit.
9. WR Kerry Taylor (NR): He rebounded from an early drop to catch four passes for 42 yards, including a couple tough catches. Taylor was forced into significant action because of the groin injury to Cecil Shorts and did a solid job.
10. DE Andre Branch (10): He recorded a sack -- his fourth in the last five games -- and added five tackles, including two for loss. The coaching staff has been lauding his effort and now he’s starting to consistently make plays.