4 p.m.: The Eagles are going to get a much-needed win in Buffalo after a week of distractions and with their backs against the wall.
Final: Eagles 31, Bills 13
3:40 p.m.: Huge drive from the Eagles capped by a Jordan Howard touchdown.
That was a monster drive from the #Eagles ... 14 plays, 83 yards, 8:17.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) October 27, 2019
That was the third-longest drive of the year. Killed clock and extended the lead against a good defense.
With 6:12 left: Eagles 31, Eagles 13
3:20 p.m.: We have one quarter left in Orchard Park.
After 3: Eagles 24, Bills 13
3:16 p.m.: After Boston Scott muffed a punt return, the Eagles’ defense got a huge stop. Brandon Graham got a sack on 3rd-and-8 and Ronald Darby knocked down a pass on 4th-and-10 from the Eagles’ 29-yard line. The win would have made the kick nearly impossible.
Big turnover on downs from the Eagles with their backs against the wall.
Late in the third: Eagles 24, Bills, 13
3:04 p.m.: Big response from the Eagles. They have now scored on their last two drives. This time, they got the ball on their own 32 and marched down the field. The big play came on a toss from Wentz to Alshon Jeffery down the left sideline for 38. That’s Alshon’s longest play of the year.
And then with both running backs banged up, Boston Scott got his first-career touchdown, up the gut for four yards.
We’ll learn more about Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders soon.
Still 5:38 left in the third: Eagles 24, Bills 13
2:54 p.m.: How did the Eagles’ defense respond after their offense scored?
They gave up a 75-yard touchdown drive and couldn’t get off the field on 3rd-and-long. They gave up first downs on 3rd-and-14, 3rd-and-8 and 3rd-and-13 on the touchdown play. But at least Derek Barnett blocked the PAT.
Still 9:36 left in the third: Eagles 17, Bills 13
2:42 p.m.: That’s the burst we saw from Miles Sanders all summer.
The Eagles’ rookie running back just took off for a 65-yard touchdown. It’s the Eagles’ longest play of the season and the longest run for an Eagles rookie since Bryce Brown in 2012.
Some serious MILES per hour.— NFL (@NFL) October 27, 2019
Miles Sanders goes 65 yards for his first career rushing TD! #PHIvsBUF @BoobieMilesXXIV
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On his touchdown, #Eagles RB Miles Sanders reached 20.9 mph, according to NFL's NextGen Stats.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) October 27, 2019
Then Jake Elliott missed the PAT.
In the third quarter: Eagles 17, Bills 7
2:25 p.m.: At halftime, the Eagles have a four-point lead. With this wind and rain, we have seen a lot of rushing attempts from both teams. Carson Wentz has been an efficient 12-for-17 for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles leading rusher is Jordan Howard with 22 yards. Miles Sanders had two for nine on the touchdown drive.
They out-gained the Bills 148-128 in the first half.
At half: Eagles 11, Bills 7
2:17 p.m.: Brandon Graham made the play of the day. With 2:00 left in the first half, Graham stripped Josh Allen and recovered his own football to set up the Eagles with a short field. It was the 17th forced fumble of his career. After a few big runs from Miles Sanders and Carson Wentz, Wentz hit Dallas Goedert for a 5-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a lead.
Instead of trying a PAT, the Eagles ran a pitch for Miles Sanders for a 2-point conversion.
Eagles 11, Bills 7
1:39 p.m.: Just like that, the Bills came back and take a lead. The Bills went 75 yards on 10 plays in 3:50. Malcolm Jenkins was called for two personal fouls on the drive.
The touchdown came on a 3rd-and-goal from the 14-yard line. That just can’t happen. On the play, Josh Allen rolled to his right and Nate Gerry was in a tough spot between him and the receiver.
Coming into Sunday, there had been 33 total NFL plays this season on 3rd-and-goal with 10 or more yards to go. Just two touchdowns on those previous 33 attempts (6 percent).— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) October 27, 2019
The Bills scored on 3rd-and-goal from the 14.
Early in the second: Bills 7, Eagles 3
1:34 p.m.: The Eagles take a lead into the second quarter, but the Bills are in the red zone.
After 1: Eagles 3, Bills 0
1:24 p.m.: The Eagles are on the board first after a nice little drive that stalled. Jake Elliott drilled a 37-yard field goal with the wind. He’s 9-for-9 this season. This is the third time in eight games the Eagles have scored first.
The biggest plays on the drive were a 16-yard end-around to Nelson Agholor and a 25-yard screen pass to Miles Sanders. The drive was extended on a 3rd-and-9 on a DPI on Tre’Davious White. It was the right call.
It seems like offense will be hard to come by today.
Still 3:38 left in the first: Eagles 3, Bills 0
1:09 p.m.: This wind is gonna make it tough on offenses today. We’ve seen mostly runs early. On defense, the Eagles started Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills as their outside corners and Sidney Jones in the slot. Fletcher Cox and Bruce Hector started at DT.
1:01 p.m.: Bills won the toss and will receive. Watch the kickoffs in this game. The wind is really wild right now.
12:20 p.m.: A few scenes from pregame warmups, starting with a fired-up Jalen Mills leading the DBs out of the huddle.
“How bad you want it, man? Last two weeks, you’re 0-2. That means what you’ve been doing ain’t good enough, man! That means that you’re not good enough! I need every play from everybody in this group today. I need everything from everyone in this group today. Every single last thing you got! Every single f— rep, max it out! Max it out! Max it out!”
The wind might be a factor today. pic.twitter.com/rQ7HGPE50w— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) October 27, 2019
11:30 a.m.: No surprises with Eagles’ inactives today:
Nigel Bradham (ankle)
DeSean Jackson (abdomen)
Timmy Jernigan (foot)
Avonte Maddox (concussion, neck)
Jason Peters (knee)
Darren Sproles (quadricep)
10:10 a.m.: While you wait for this game to kick off, here are my five matchups to watch for the Eagles against the Bills.
This is obviously an important game for the Eagles sitting at 3-4. With the current playoff formula (since 1990), here are the percentages of teams to make the playoffs based on their starts to the season:
4-4: 32.2 percent
3-5: 8.8 percent
9:57 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! I have arrived to New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. It’s blustery day and it looks like it’s going to rain any minute. On my drive in from Buffalo, the clouds looked mighty ominous. Weather and field conditions are worth watching today.
Game day! pic.twitter.com/gNXqW0pPeM— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) October 27, 2019
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