Philadelphia Eagles at Buffalo Bills
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 27, 2019
Where: New Era Field, Orchard Park, NY
Preview for digital Sports Desk by Gracenote
BUFFALO – The road hasn’t been kind for the Philadelphia Eagles, who have dropped the first two legs of a three-game trek and surrendered an average of 31.5 points in four contests away from the City of Brotherly Love. The Eagles have a tough road ahead today when they visit the Buffalo Bills, who are off their best start since the 2008 season.
“While nobody wants to be 3-4, we are far from done playing,” Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “It hurts, and while the fan base is going crazy and all of the media and all these different things are happening, we can’t let that deter us from the here and now addressing the issues we need to fix and the work we need to put it.”
Turnovers have led to slow starts in each of the last two games for the Eagles, who have been outscored 51-17 in the first two quarters in losses to Minnesota and Dallas. Mistakes need to be held to a minimum versus Buffalo, which features the third-ranked overall defense (292.7 yards per game) and fourth-ranked passing defense (201.3). Cornerback Tre’Davious White forced two second-half turnovers and safety Micah Hyde returned an onside kick for a touchdown in the Bills’ 31-21 victory over winless Miami last Sunday.
TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Bills -2. O/U: 43.5
ABOUT THE EAGLES (3-4): For the second time in as many years, Carson Wentz found himself as the target of internal strife within his own locker room after ESPN quoted an anonymous player as being critical of the quarterback’s play. The 26-year-old has committed six total turnovers in Philadelphia’s three road losses, including an interception and two fumbles in Sunday night’s 37-10 shellacking in Dallas. Backup tight end Dallas Goedert, who fumbled on the opening possession, led the team in catches (four) and receiving yards (69) against the Cowboys and reeled in his second touchdown in his last three road games. Alshon Jeffery, however, followed up his season-best 10-catch performance in a 38-20 setback versus the Vikings with just two catches for 38 yards on Sunday.
ABOUT THE BILLS (5-1): Buffalo boasts the NFL’s seventh-ranked rushing attack (135.8 yards per game) with the ageless Frank Gore (4.5 yards per carry) leading the way, although bruising quarterback Josh Allen hasn’t been shy about chipping in with his legs either. Allen, who has seven rushing touchdowns in his past eight home games, relied on his arm last Sunday while completing 10 of his 11 passes in the second half. John Brown reeled in one of Allen’s two touchdown passes versus the Dolphins, and the speedy wideout has at least five receptions and 69 yards receiving in five of his team’s six games this season. Brown has three touchdown catches in three career games against Philadelphia.
- With a victory Sunday, Buffalo would improve to 6-1 for the first time since winning seven of its first eight games during the 1993 season — the last of their Super Bowl appearances.
- Wentz has thrown a touchdown pass in 10 consecutive games, tied with Seattle’s Russell Wilson for the longest active streak in the league.
- White’s three interceptions are tied for second-best in the league behind New England’s Devin McCourty (five).
PREDICTION: Bills 24, Eagles 21