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NFL Week 8 PFF ReFocused: Philadelphia Eagles 31, Buffalo Bills 13

The Bills were unable to keep the pace with the Eagles’ offense as Philadelphia waltzed to a 31-13 victory in windy Buffalo.

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Final Score

Philadelphia Eagles 31, Buffalo Bills 13

Philadelphia Eagles

Thirty-mile-per-hour winds in Buffalo kept the passing game limited for Carson Wentz. Wentz was able to hit Alshon Jeffrey on a vertical route for a 38-yard gain in the third quarter, but he mostly threw shorter passes throughout the game.

Rookie running back Miles Sanders was able to take short passes and generate yardage for the Eagles’ passing attack. Sanders also ripped off a 65-yard touchdown run on the second play of the third quarter, displaying his breakaway speed after getting a key block from Jordan Howard to spring him free.

After facing criticism over their play the last few weeks, the Eagles’ defense finally stepped up by shutting down Josh Allen & Co. on the road. The secondary did a good job in coverage, with Malcolm Jenkins putting forth a solid effort in this one.

Fletcher Cox was his usual self, destroying any Buffalo lineman that lined up in front of him, and unfortunately for guard Jon Feliciano, this was often him. Vinny Curry was also a force as a pass-rusher today, winning a number of his matchups with bull-rushes.

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen was under pressure for most of the day, and between the Eagles’ solid coverage and Allen’s inability to hit on tough throws, there wasn’t much offense for the Bills today. While he did a good job of limiting the mistakes outside of the one lost fumble, it was an overall poor showing for Allen.

The offense continued to favor Frank Gore over rookie Devin Singletary in the run game today, and he had a solid day on a day where there weren’t a lot of run plays.

Taron Johnson got an unblocked sack of Carson Wentz to end an Eagles’ third-quarter drive. Johnson was able to knock the ball loose from Wentz, but Wentz was able to recover his fumble.

Shaq Lawson also got a piece of Carson Wentz in the first quarter after he bull-rushed rookie Andre Dillard back into Wentz’s lap.

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