JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — No surprise, the Jacksonville Jaguars really missed running back Maurice Jones-Drew and receiver Cecil Shorts III.
Jones-Drew (hamstring) and Shorts (groin) sat out their first game of the season Sunday, watching from the sideline as the Jacksonville Jaguars came up short in a 27-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Jordan Todman filled in nicely for MJD, running 25 times for 109 yards. But the Jaguars didn't feel comfortable having the 198-pound back run up the middle with the ball on the 1-yard line in a seven-point game down the stretch.
Instead, Todman's outside run lost 4 yards, forcing Jacksonville to throw the next two downs. Both of Chad Henne's passes were off-target, the first one nearly intercepted and the second one picked off in the end zone with 3:15 remaining.
Without Shorts, the Jaguars turned to Mike Brown. He caught three passes for 20 yards, but he also had a costly fumble late in the first half and another one he was lucky to recover.
The Jaguars (4-10) finished with four turnovers.
"Definitely a bad taste in your mouth after the performance out there as a team today," left tackle Cam Bradfield said.
Jacksonville was in the game all day despite the injuries and the turnovers. Starting left guard Will Rackley (concussion) and safety Johnathan Cyprien (thigh) also sat out. Things got worse when backup guard Mike Brewster broke his left ankle in the first half.
The Jaguars trailed 20-10 at halftime, but tied the game on Henne's 13-yard TD pass to Marcedes Lewis early in the fourth. It was the third consecutive game Lewis had a TD reception.
Manuel answered, though, capping an 89-yard drive with a 1-yard TD pass to fullback Frank Summers. With it, Manuel set the franchise's rookie record for touchdown passes with 11.