Eagles

Eagles at Bills live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 8 game

usa_carson_wentz_josh_allen_live_blog.jpg
USA Today Images

Eagles at Bills live: Highlights and analysis from NFL Week 8 game

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. 

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? 

Not great. 

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. 

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. 

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!”

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)
Nate Herbig 

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. 

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Eagles

Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael: 'I didn't know if I was good enough'

Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael: 'I didn't know if I was good enough'

Harold Carmichael learned back on Monday that he had finally made it into the Hall of Fame, but for logistical reasons he wasn’t allowed to tell anybody until after the official announcement on Wednesday.
 
As it happened, on Tuesday night, Harold found himself sitting next to his close friend and long-time coach Dick Vermeil at a dinner at NaBrasa Brazlian Steakhouse in Horsham.
 
For three hours.

Vermeil had just learned he didn't make it into the Hall of Fame. Carmichael had just learned he had.

And he couldn't say a word.
 
“It was killing me,” Carmichael said. “We talked about being disappointed that he didn’t get in, but I couldn’t say anything to him. He was promoting Dick Vermeil wines and we had about 160 people and they were asking me if I’d heard anything yet and I would just get off the subject. I really didn’t want to lie to anybody. I just couldn’t say anything about it. It was very, very tough for me. It’s still tough for me right now because I’m still trying to answer a lot of the texts. Got over 400 just in the past 24 hours and phone messages. My mailbox is full. They just gotta have patience. Like I did for 36 years.”
 
Carmichael’s wait is over.
 
This fall, he’ll be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame alongside more than 300 other all-time greats.
 
Carmichael retired after the 1984 season, so he’s been eligible since 1989. Despite ranking 5th in NFL history in receptions when he retired, he was never even a finalist until this year.
 
“I didn’t know if I deserved to be in there,” Carmichael said Thursday. “I’ve been hearing I should be in there for the past 30-some years. It was not a lock for me. I didn’t know if I was good enough. I tried to do my best, but it was not for me to say I should be in the Hall of Fame. It was for me to try to put the numbers up and try to be the type of person they would want to represent the Hall of Fame.”
 
From 1973 through 1983, Carmichael led the NFL in yards (8,414), touchdowns (77) and catches (549). 
 
When he retired after playing two games with the Cowboys in 1984, Carmichael ranked 5th in NFL history in catches, 7th in yards and 7th in TD catches.
 
Today, 36 years after his last touchdown, Carmichael still ranks 24th in NFL history in TD catches.
 
This is all from a kid who didn’t get recruited to play major-college football, was a walk-on at Southern University in Baton Rouge and was drafted in the 7th round.
 
“When I got here, Harold Jackson and Ben Hawkins were the starting receivers,” Carmichael said. “They were veterans and I was trying to learn how to be a football player and questioning whether I could play in the National Football League.”
 
Now, nearly half a century later, Carmichael has been recognized as one of the greatest of all time. 
 
He’s only the 8th receiver drafted in the 7th round or later to make it into the Hall of Fame and the first whose career began in the 1970s or later.
 
Carmichael, 70, said the last 24 hours have been a whirlwind as congratulations have come in from 50 years worth of friends, teammates, coaches and associates.
 
“My son said to my wife, ‘Mom, I didn’t know so many people loved dad like this,’” Carmichael said.

More on the Eagles

Eagle Eye podcast: What’s taking so long, Doug?

us_ee_pederson.png
USA Today Images

Eagle Eye podcast: What’s taking so long, Doug?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro try to figure out what’s taking Doug Pederson so long to hire an offensive coordinator. 

Some top names have already found jobs. The guys update the remaining vacancies and speculate about the Eagles’ plan and toss out one new theory. 

They also look back at the biggest lessons from the 2019 season. 

• Coaches are getting hired all over the NFL 
• Updating offensive coordinator opening
• What are the Eagles’ waiting for? 
• Lessons from the 2019 season 
• Will Jordan Howard be back in 2020? 
• Figuring out which DEs are on the bubble 
• Our championship weekend predictions 
• Harold Carmichael is finally Hall-bound
• Which Eagles player is next? 

Click here to download the MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Flyers, Sixers and Phillies games easily on your device.

More on the Eagles