NFL Betting Preview and Predictions: Buffalo at Philadelphia
When the Buffalo Bills visit Philadelphia this Sunday to take on the Eagles in a crucial NFL betting bout, they both find themselves on the edge of slipping out of playoff contention. The Bills (6-6) are looking for an AFC wild card spot but need to stack up some wins. The Eagles are in a three-way logjam in first place on top of the NFC East at 5-7, but they are behind Washington because of a tiebreaker. If they want to make the playoffs, they are more than likely going to have to take the division title.
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The most featured storyline with this game is the return of LeSean McCoy to Philadelphia, where he was the featured running back for six seasons, picking up 6,792 yards and scoring 44 touchdowns before Chip Kelly traded him to the Buffalo Bills in the offseason. McCoy has dropped 10 times and had a bit of a resurgence in his career. Last week, McCoy picked up 112 yards on just 21 carries. Through his first 10 games in Buffalo, McCoy has picked up 792 rushing yards.
Tyrod Taylor is continuing his terrific season for the Bills, as he threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns, with another one on the ground, as Buffalo beat the Houston Texans. He’s scored seven touchdowns without throwing a pick in his last two games — and he hasn’t thrown a single interception since October 4. On the season, he has thrown for 17 scores against just four picks this year, completing 64.9 percent of their passes. The Bills are #10 in the NFL in scoring offense this year (24.7 ppg), while the Eagles are #25 in scoring defense (25.2 ppg). Even though the Eagles beat the Patriots last week, they still have permitted 118 points and 1,378 in their last three contests.
If the season ended today, Buffalo would be one game out of the playoffs. They have three non-conference games in a row, all against NFC East squads before they finish the season with a home game against the New York Jets. The Eagles are coming off one of the least likely wins of the season when they beat New England. The Patriots gained 179 more yards than the Eagles, but Philadelphia grabbed a pick-six and hauled it back 99 yards and added two special teams touchdowns. Sam Bradford threw the ball for only 120 yards but didn’t turn the ball over. He has 13 touchdowns and 10 picks this year. One downside for the Eagles is DeMarco Murray, who ran the ball eight times for just 24 yards, fewer carries than Kenjon Barber and Darren Sproles. On the flight home, Murray (rather than celebrating the team’s win) visited with owner Jeffrey Lurie on the plane ride back about his role in the Eagle offense.
I don’t look for the Eagles to score three touchdowns on defense and special teams again, but I do look for the Bills to shred that Eagle passing defense. Look for the Bills to send the Eagles further down in the NFC East standings.