Game Day: Eagles at Bills

Bills looking for first 6-1 start since 1993

WGR 550
October 27, 2019 - 5:43 am

(WBEN/WGR)  Bills beat-writer Sal Capaccio says the Bills will be looking go to 6-1 for the first time since 1993 when they face the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday in Orchard Park.  Here are three keys to the game, plus notes and stats.

Grounded Eagles DTs

The Eagles are dealing with several injuries, but their interior defensive line has been hit particularly hard the last few weeks.  They’ll be playing two defensive tackles - Anthony Rush and Albert Huggins - who will be making their NFL debuts.   Philadelphia’s run defense has been good overall this year, allowing only 89.4 yards per game and 3.73 yards per play, both seventh overall in the NFL.  However, they were chewed up for 189 yards and 5.3 yards per carry last week at Dallas.  The Bills are averaging 135.8 yards per game and 4.88 per play on the ground on offense this season.  They’ll most likely test those young Eagles defensive tackles by trying to pound the ball right at them by and seeing if they can control the game that way.

Double trouble

Over the two weeks, Eagles tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert have combined for 15 receptions and 209 yards.  Ertz has always been one of the top tight ends in football, but now Goedert is showing he is also a major contributor.  Bills linebacker Matt Milano was out last week and is questionable to play in this game.  The Bills use several players to cover opposing tight ends, given different situations, but if Milano doesn’t play it will be very challenging to keep the Eagles’ duo in check.  And even if he does, it won’t be easy.  Philly will be relying on both of them to make plays.

Weather or not

The forecast for Sunday is calling for heavy wind, including gusts of 45 mph or more, as well as rain, which may taper off by game time.  But it’s going to be wet and windy, and that could very well play a role in how this game unfolds.  Whether it’s a field goal attempt, a punt high on the air, or a pass that goes awry, one play on either side could swing this one.  And the weather might give us that one play.  If either team can fight through the wind and not let it effect them for sixty minutes they’ll have a great shot to win it.

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