Philly's toughest stretch of the season continues. How long can the Eagles keep this up?
As mentioned earlier, the Bills walked into this game at 6-5 and were on the cusp of a playoff spot in the AFC. They had recently lost three of five games. That included one to the struggling New England Patriots and a narrow escape versus the lowly New York Giants.
This isn't the same Bills team that had made its mark in the AFC as of late. This was, however, a Philadelphia Eagles team that has pieced together signature wins.
On paper, this seems like a mismatch. In the end, it turned out to be a better game than we could have hoped for. Frankly, here's where we stand. We'd appreciate it if Philly would spare us these emotional roller coasters.
Buffalo scored 17 consecutive points to close the first half. They outgained the Eagles by over 100 yards by the end of the game. Philly's offense struggled to get anything going early. Jalen Hurts didn't have any time to throw the ball. The running game was ineffective.
Defensively, Philadelphia allowed Josh Allen to dominate. Buffalo's QB threw for over 300 yards and rushed for 81 more. He made critical plays to extend drives. He was careful with the football... until he wasn't (thanks James Bradberry).
Let's be fair. The weather was terrible. The Eagles were missing offensive tackle Lane Johnson and yes, they were without Dallas Goedert. They'll be back at some point. They'll be needed for the remainder of this grueling stretch.
The Eagles host the San Francisco 49ers next week before traveling to take on the Dallas Cowboys. They have already beaten the Kansas City Chiefs and now the Buffalo Bills, but there is plenty to clean up. The 49ers and Cowboys will both give the Eagles their best shot as they each hope for the number one seed in the NFC.
Philly keeps on winning, but trust us on this one. We'd rather they not play cardiac ball and live on the edge. That may not be sustainable.