The Buffalo Bills host the Philadelphia Eagles this week in some pretty brutal weather. With rain and blustery conditions expected to persist throughout the afternoon, both clubs will be tested in terms of ball security.
For the Bills, weather like this was cited as a huge part of the reason that quarterback Josh Allen was drafted in 2018. The strong-armed second-year man is having an up-and-down season thus far, juxtaposing pedestrian first halves of play (61.8% completion rate, 827 yards, 3 touchdowns, 4 interceptions) and horrendous third quarters (58.8% completion rate, 134 yards, 0 touchdowns, 3 interceptions) with superhuman fourth quarters (68.8% completion rate, 312 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions). His performance, specifically as it relates to throwing the ball accurately and avoiding turnovers, will be a big part of whether Buffalo wins or loses today.
Carson Wentz, the player to whom many compared Allen coming out of college, makes his first start in Orchard Park. He’s coming off a poor performance last week, as the young quarterback was harassed all evening in a 37-10 loss against the Dallas Cowboys. With the poor weather sure to wreak havoc on the passing game all afternoon, running backs Jordan Howard and Frank Gore will be important cogs in each team’s respective game plan.
Your first-half thread is here, ladies and gentlemen. Go Bills!