Catching the Eagles at the right time

The Bills' next opponent is trending down with a 3-4 record

Louie DiBiase
October 23, 2019 - 1:17 am

Looking at the schedule before the start of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to be one of the tougher opponents in, what would be, a favorable 2019 schedule for the Buffalo Bills. 

A Super Bowl LII victory in 2017, coming one drive away from another trip to the NFC Championship Game in 2018; the Eagles were seen as a favorite to win it all in 2019. 

After seven weeks of the season, Philadelphia has not lived up to the talent they have on paper. 

Both sides of the ball have been decimated with injuries. Core pieces of the roster such as tackle Jason Peters, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, cornerback Ronald Darby, and linebacker Nigel Bradham are questionable against Buffalo. 

Injuries aren't the only problem in the City of Brotherly Love.

Eagles passing targets have given quarterback Carson Wentz no help, leading the league in drops. The offense has also been one of the league's worst in the first half for two seasons. 

On defense, it has been a brutal two weeks as they have allowed 75 points in two games against the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys. Pro Football Focus has them as the 28th ranked tackling defense. 

The Philadelphia secondary has given up the third-most passing yards in the NFL this season. Teams have been able to complete eight 40-plus-yard completions on the Eagles. 

If there was a time for Josh Allen to find his rhythm with the deep ball, it is this Sunday at New Era Field. 

The Eagles should not be taken lightly by any means, though. Desperate teams, in a must-win scenario, with what was seen as Super Bowl-level talent are a dangerous opponent. Just look at last year: Philadelphia was 4-6, but went on to win five of its last six games and earn a spot in the playoffs.

They will still be one of the tougher tests of the season for a Bills team that has just three teams left on their schedule who currently have a record above .500. 

Sunday will give us a much better idea of who the Bills are. An average team beating up on poor opponents, or a legitimate contender that is what their record says they are?

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