On Sunday at New Era Field, the 5-1 Buffalo Bills will take on the 3-4 Philadelphia Eagles. The Bills will play their second straight home game while the Eagles are on the road for the third week in a row.
Buffalo looks to continue hot streak
The Bills currently sit at 5-1, their best start since the infamous 2008 season that ended with a disappointing 7-9 record. If they can defend their home turf and get a win over the Eagles, they’ll move to 6-1. It would be their best start to a season since 1993—a season that ended with the Bills’ last trip to the Super Bowl. Since the AFL-NFL merger 81.1% of teams that started 5-1 went to the playoffs. That playoff percentage bumps up to 84.5% with a 6-1 start.
A lot of the blame for the Eagles’ slow start has been placed on their defensive backs. While they’re not completely to blame, they do share some of the load. Philadelphia is allowing 206.7 yards per game to wide receivers—the most in the NFL. They’ve also allowed 11 touchdowns to wide receivers—second most in the NFL. Overall, they rank as the 20th passing defense in the league. This is something Brian Daboll will certainly look to exploit.
Philly tight ends
The main threat in the Eagles’ offense is not their running backs or their wide receivers, it’s their tight ends. Zach Ertz is one of the best in the NFL and is currently fifth in the league in receiving yards by tight ends. He’s not the only TE the Bills will need to worry about. Second-year player Dallas Goedert looks like he could one day be a star. This makes Matt Milano’s health extremely important.