Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick pitches near-perfect game

Associated Press - [Full Article]

Saturday night's clash between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars looked like it was going to be decided early after Buffalo's offense, led by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, finally showed spark and a quick-strike dimension in building a 17-0 lead.

In completing his first 11 attempts, Fitzpatrick threw touchdowns passes on consecutive plays - an 11-yarder to Marcus Easley and a 52-yarder to Stevie Johnson - 65 seconds apart in the second quarter. He finished going 11 of 12 for 165 yards passing in four series through the first half.

Jacksonville rallied, and Buffalo ended up winning in overtime 35-32.

Jaguars quarterback David Garrard overcame a slow start by producing 17 points on his final three series, playing mostly against the second-string Buffalo defense.

Rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert had an inconsistent outing for Jacksonville. He went 6 of 13 for 52 yards with an 11-yard touchdown pass to running back DuJuan Harris and an interception.

Bills running back Fred Jackson backed up his off-the-field comments with a strong showing.

He finished with 33 yards rushing and a 30-yard catch to cap a week that began with Jackson questioning whether the Bills disrespected him by starting C.J. Spiller in a 24-10 loss at Denver last weekend.

Fantasy Impact: 

They looked like the Bills fantasy owners are hoping to see. Fred Jackson once again showed why he will be hard to get off the field, even if the Bills want to see more from Spiller. Fitzpatrick remains a semi-interesting QB2. As for Jacksonville, it will be awhile before Gabbert takes over from Garrard.

Filed Under: 2011, Preseason

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