After a scare in the first half against the Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills (5-1) tighten it up and played smash-mouth football in the second half to secure a victory and 5-1 record. Josh Allen played an amazing fourth quarter and the defense played lockdown which included a crucial interception by Tre’Davious White in the third quarter and an onside kick recovery for a touchdown by Micah Hyde to seal the deal.
If you were watching the Hyde touchdown on repeat, who could blame you? Will watching it more time hurt? Not to Bills fans.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) October 20, 2019
With the Bills at 5-1 for the first time since 2008, they have positioned themselves to make a run for a wild card spot but they must overcome the pressure of potentially breaking. They will host the Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) this Sunday as part of their October home schedule.
The Eagles have only won a single game on the road this year against Green Bay. After a blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys, there are concerns for both sides of the ball on the team. The Eagles’ offense has had struggles and the defense does not look organized, especially in the secondary. The biggest story about the Eagles defense this year was the destruction that was done to them by Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings.
The Bills offense has the opportunity to do something that has not been seen for some time now. Pass the ball early, effectively and win through the air. Allen and passing attack are ranked 21st in the league in the passing game, averaging 225 yards a game. The Eagles’ defense is near the bottom of the barrel against the pass, ranked 27th overall giving up on average 270 yards a game.
Carson Wentz and Company
This will be Wentz’ first time in his career going up against the Buffalo Bills defense. Wentz is having a decent year this season, throwing just four interceptions and thirteen touchdowns and completing over sixty percent of his throws. So what exactly is going on with the Eagles offense this season?
When it comes to running the ball, the Eagles are above average, obtaining over one hundred yards a game. Although, the passing game is confusing. With the different weapons that Wentz has around him, the Eagles cannot get the ball moving though the air, especially lately. Currently ranked 20th in the league in the passing game, right in front of the Bills, this offense has shown inconsistency and can either blow it up by lighting the scoreboard or be shutdown.
Wentz will be facing a Bills defense that is only allowing just over 200 yards a game through the air and has a shutdown secondary. Six interceptions on the season, they are averaging a pick each game which can cost a game. The Bills’ defensive line could overwhelm Wentz due to an inconsistent offensive line. The important factor is not letting Wentz get out of the pocket. He usually makes magic happen under pressure.
Potential Game Plan
Get the passing game going and continue to play shutdown defense. The Eagles have struggled on the road this season and their secondary is not a threat. Leslie Frazier must come up with a plan to contain Wentz and the running game. Brian Daboll needs to open up the playbook more and get his weapons involved. There was not a lot of action from Isaiah McKenzie or Duke Williams (before his injury) against the Dolphins. Getting those weapons involved puts pressure on the Eagles.