The Buffalo Bills withstood the Philadelphia Eagles and the weather, but they trail 11-7 heading into halftime during their Week 8 contest. The wind is wreaking havoc on both teams, as long throws have been virtually impossible and kicks have been an adventure.
The teams began the day by trading punts, with Buffalo’s Corey Bojorquez uncorking (un-Bojorking? I’ll see myself out...) a gorgeous 58-yard boot into the swirling winds at New Era Field. The Eagles followed with a punt, and they forced Buffalo to punt again before going on a nine-play, 54-yard drive that ended with a Jake Elliott field goal.
The Bills answered immediately, embarking on a 75-yard drive aided by two personal foul penalties on Philadelphia: one called on Brandon Graham for hitting Josh Allen in the helmet (but it appeared to be Malcolm Jenkins), and then one called on Jenkins for hitting Allen after the quarterback had already begun to slide. That drive ended with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Cole Beasley.
The teams traded punts for much of the second quarter, but a costly fumble from Allen, his second of the game, was caused and recovered by Graham. Given the gift of a short field, The Eagles marched 24 yards on five plays, capped by a touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert. Rather than kick the extra point in the swirling winds, the Eagles elected to go for two, and Miles Sanders ran it in to make it 11-7.
A personal foul penalty on Zach Ertz during the two-point try gave Buffalo life, as the Eagles had to kick into the wind from their own 20-yard line. Andre Roberts returned the kick to Buffalo’s 39-yard line. Allen completed a pass to John Brown to cross into Philadelphia territory, and he then scrambled for 14 to set up a 53-yard field goal from Stephen Hauschka. The kick sailed wide right as time expired in the half.
Allen finished the half 8-of-13 for 74 yards and a touchdown. He added seven carries for 40 yards, but also had that costly lost fumble. The Eagles will receive the second-half kickoff.
Here’s your second half thread, ya’ll. Go Bills!