Both the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles harbored playoff dreams when the 2019 season began, but as the two teams prepare to square off Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern at New Era Field, only one of these teams has a winning record and sits high atop their conference standings.
Buffalo (5-1) is in second place in the AFC standings, trailing only the New England Patriots (7-0). Philadelphia, a consensus favorite to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIV in February, has struggled to a 3-4 record and finds itself one game back of the Dallas Cowboys (4-3) in the NFC East, and in 11th place in a loaded NFC.
The two teams are heading in opposite directions entering the contest. The Bills will bring a two-game winning streak into Sunday’s clash, as Buffalo is 5-1 for the first time since the 2008 season.
Philadelphia has dropped consecutive blowout decisions to the Minnesota Vikings (38-20) and Dallas Cowboys (37-10).
The Eagles’ secondary, thought to be a strength of the defense, has surrendered 14 passing touchdowns through seven games—tied for sixth-worst in the NFL.
Philadelphia’s wide receivers have struggled mightily, especially with DeSean Jackson battling an abdomen injury. Carson Wentz will have his work cut out for him trying to attack a Bills’ pass defense that ranks third in the NFL in yards per pass attempt (5.9) and fourth in fewest passing yards per game (201.3).
Buffalo has allowed only one pass play longer than 40 yards (tied for tops in the NFL), and the Bills are second in the NFL in fewest passing TDs allowed (four).
This will be the 14th meeting all-time between the Bills and Eagles.
Philadelphia leads the series 7-6, including a 23-20 victory on Dec. 13, 2015 in Philadelphia. The final of three Caleb Sturgis field goals lifted the Eagles to the win.
The last time these teams squared off in Orchard Park, Buffalo defeated the “Dream Team” Eagles 31-24 on Oct. 9, 2011. Michael Vick was intercepted four times, including a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown by Nick Barnett. Fred Jackson added 196 all-purpose yards (111 rushing yards with a five-yard touchdown and 85 receiving yards on six catches) and Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21 of 27 passes for 193 yards with one touchdown and an interception in the win.
Here’s how to watch Sunday’s game from home:
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019
Time: 1 p.m. Eastern
Channel: The game will be carried locally on FOX on WUTV 29 and CFTO 9 in Buffalo, WUHF 31 in Rochester, WFXV 33 and WSYT 68 in Syracuse and Utica, WSYT 68 and WOLF 56 in Binghamton, and WYDC 48 and WSYT 68 in Elmira. View the broadcast map
Announcers: Chris Myers (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst), and Laura Okmin (sideline reporter).
Location: New Era Field | Orchard Park, NY
Radio: WGR 550 AM (Buffalo), WCMF 96.5 FM and WROC 950 AM (Rochester), Fan 590 AM (Toronto), WTKW 99.5 FM and WKTV 105.5 FM (Syracuse), and the rest of the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.
Radio Play-by-Play: John Murphy and Eric Wood in the booth with sideline reporter Sal Capaccio.
Online: NFL Game Pass, NFL.com Game Center
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Thursday Injury Report
- Full participant: FB Patrick DiMarco (ankle), G Quinton Spain (foot).
- Limited participant: CB Kevin Johnson (neck), LB Matt Milano (hamstring), LB Corey Thompson (ankle), WR Duke Williams (shoulder).
- Did not practice: S Kurt Coleman (hamstring).
- Full participant: T Lane Johnson (illness).
- Did not practice: LB Nigel Bradham (ankle/illness), WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen), DT Tim Jernigan (foot), CB Avonte Maddox (concussion/neck), T Jason Peters (knee), RB Darren Sproles (quadricep).