I haven’t seen a team in more disarray after beating the New England Patriots than the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles pulled off the unthinkable and beat the Patriots, not only beat them, but defeated them in Boston. However, the future of Chip Kelly in Philadelphia is very well still up in the air. In my opinion they would have to win this porous division to be able to save his job. He hasn’t made many friends in the NFL, just people that have bad things to say about him, for the most part. One of those people will be playing for the Bills this afternoon, as LeSean McCoy makes the trip back to Philadelphia to play his former team, the Eagles. McCoy spent the majority of his career with the Eagles as one of the most productive members on the roster. He felt blindsided being traded to the Buffalo Bill and wasn’t all too happy about it. McCoy still spills bad blood against Chip Kelly. Kelly said recently that he understands where McCoy is coming from over the trade. All I can say is I don’t think Kelly is going to be around much longer in the NFL.
The Eagles were expecting to be much better than a 5-7 team. But get this, the Eagles are still alive in the hunt for the division championship. Quite an embarrassment that a team has to make it to the postseason from this division. Everybody is still alive here. Even the Washington Redskins have well a chance as the rest of the division. As things like this go sometimes, watch the winner of the NFC East win their opening round matchup. I remember the Seahawks doing the same thing years back with Charlie Whitehurst as the starting quarterback against the Saints. Yes, that is the infamous Beast Mode game which set off a small earthquake.
What people forget is that the Seahawks got into that game with a .500 record. .500 may be good enough to get into the playoffs in the NFC East. Both of these teams are actually coming off big wins, first the Bills beating the Texans and then of course the Eagles beating the Patriots. One team is going to hit a bump today. Both have been up and down this season. A win here would flatten that road out just a little bit. But there is still a lot of work to be done for both teams even with a win today. Let’s try and ascertain which team that will be.
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Bills vs. Eagles Pick:
The Bills’ offense has enjoyed a breath of fresh air with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback. Much to my surprise, Taylor has blossomed into a legitimate starting quarterback in the NFL. I was never impressed with what he did at Virginia Tech and in Baltimore he looked nothing more than a backup option. In Buffalo of all places, Taylor has shined. I give him credit for the work he’s put in because Tyrod has improved drastically. He has thrown for 17 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. With his legs he has galloped for 318 yards and an additional 3 touchdowns. The offense has surprisingly been the strong point of the Bills. Buffalo is 4th in rushing in the NFL, helped by Taylor and LeSean McCoy. The Bills are averaging 24.7 points per game this season.
Sammy Watkins healthy and back in the lineup provides a big boost to the Buffalo offense. Last week was the first win for the Eagles in four trys, coming against of all teams the Patriots. The Bills, conversely, snapped a two game losing streak. I just see this as a huge letdown spot for the Eagles. After beating the Pats I could see them getting complacent. I have said it many times before, I do not like backing Sam Braford. I don’t feel confident with money riding on him. I could have said the same about Tyrod Taylor before, but I am really starting to buy into this guy. Don’t get trapped into thinking the Eagles are suddenly good after last week. I like the Bills, which should be a good close game.
PICK: BILLS +1 (-110)