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Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said earlier this week that his team will be entering Week 8 mad based on the way they have played in the last two weeks against the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys. Philadelphia dropped both contests in convincing fashion by a total of 75-30. The team, a preseason NFC Super Bowl favorite, currently sits at 3-4 and will look to get back on track at New Era Field. It won’t be easy, however, as the Eagles have gone 1-3 away from Lincoln Financial Field this season.
Buffalo enters the game with the second best record in the AFC, but there are plenty of questions about the team following an unconvincing win over the Miami Dolphins last week. The Bills will have a chance to prove that last week’s 31-21 win was a product of the team shaking off the rust from their bye week. Although the Eagles sit at 3-4, a win over the team would be one of Buffalo’s best victories of the season.
Philadelphia has been up and down this season with the needle firmly pointing in the downward direction at the moment. The Eagles opened the season with a 32-27 home win over the Redskins before losing close games on the road to the Falcons (24-20) and at home to the Lions (27-24) to drop to 1-2. Philadelphia rebounded with victories over Green Bay (34-27) on the road in a Thursday night game and then rolled over the Jets 31-6 at home. The last two weeks have been one-sided road losses as the Eagles were trounced by the Vikings (38-20) before going on the road to face Dallas last week.
The Eagles struggled in all facets of the game as the Cowboys ran them into oblivion to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC East. Philadelphia was in a 14-0 hole in the first 6:04 of the game with the Cowboys starting both drives on the plus side of the 50-yard line. After the Eagles got on the board, Dallas put together three scoring drives in the second quarter to take a 27-7 lead and put the game away. Philadelphia was outgained 402-283, gave up 23 first downs while picking up 16 and lost the time of possession battle 32:22 to 27:38 in the contest. The Eagles turned the ball over four times in the game while forcing just one takeaway. For the second straight week after a loss, Philadelphia cut defensive starters: after Minnesota, it was Zach Brown while after the Dallas game, Orlando Scandrick and Akeem Spence were cut loose.
Buffalo has been off to a strong start this season as they have found ways to win close games this season. The Bills are 5-1 on the year and are the lone one-loss team in the AFC: the problem is, they stand behind the Patriots in the AFC East. Buffalo opened the year with a come from behind 17-16 win over the Jets on the road and then dumped the Giants 28-13 in the same stadium in week 2. The Bills rallied for a 21-17 home win over Cincinnati in week 3 before falling 16-10 to New England at home for their lone loss in week 4. Buffalo earned a hard-fought 14-7 road win over Tennessee to head into the bye with momentum. Coming out of the bye, the Bills had a home date with winless Miami.
The Bills had their struggles as they seemed to sleepwalk through most of the first two and a half quarters. Buffalo led 6-0 by kicking a couple of field goals and added a third in the second quarter yet trailed 14-9 as former Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick did damage. The turning point of the game came on the first drive of the third quarter: after Miami drove 63 yards in 16 plays, taking 9:59 off the clock, including converting a fake field goal, Tre White picked off Fitzpatrick at the two-yard line. Buffalo drove 98 yards in 12 plays to take the lead on a 20-yard touchdown pass to John Brown to take a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Bills were outgained 381-305, gave up 24 first downs while picking up 17 and lost the time of possession battle 33:31 to 26:29 in the game. Buffalo forced two turnovers, which they turned into 14 points, while not committing a turnover. The Bills also closed out the game by scoring on an onside kick return for a score by Micah Hyde: that was the first onside kick returned for a score since Tyjuan Hagler of the Colts turned the trick in 2010.
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