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#404 Philadelphia
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Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7:00pm

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NFL Preseason: Buffalo Bills vs Philadelphia Eagles

When: 7:00 PM EDT, Thursday, August 17, 2017

Where: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA

Lines: Philadelphia -3

Total: 39

NFL Preseason action on Wednesday night and the Buffalo Bills will square off with the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA, in the 2nd game for both squads. The Bills fell 17-10 at home to the Vikings last week, while the Eagles were routed in Green Bay by a score of 24-9, so both teams will be looking to get their first wins in this one.

The Bills Still Need More From Their Passing Game

The Buffalo Bills ranked 30th in the league in passing, putting up just 189.8 ypg through the air and in their 17-10 loss to the Vikings in their preseason opener, they threw for just 182 yards on 24/44 passing. Not good numbers at all. It is preseason and Tyrod Taylor did not play a whole lot, but still the Bills threw the ball 44 times in the game and could only muster 182 yards. They will need to fix that. T.J. Yates and Nate Peterman are battling for the backup just now that Cardale Jones has been traded to San Diego and so far it looks as if Yates has the upper hand in the competition. On the ground, they churned out 127 yards against the Vikings, which is okay, but they did average 164 ypg on the ground last year and we also note that last year’s leading rusher, LeSean McCoy did not play in the game. The other big weapon for the Bills on offense is Sammy Watkins and he had a decent game as he caught four passes for 39 yards. Insiders say that both Watkins and McCoy have looked very good in camp so far.

On defense, the Bills were 19th in the league in total yards allowed last year and that defense had a very good game against the Vikings as they allowed just 90 yards on the ground and 152 yards through the air. The big battle on defense is between Reggie Ragland and Preston Brown at middle linebacker. Ragland has not looked that great in camp so far, but he did have four tackles in the loss to the Vikings, while Brown had just one. The other battle to watch on defense is in the secondary, where 1st round pick Tre ‘Davious White is looking to lock down the 2nd cornerback spot and so far in camp the Bills are expecting him to, but he will be battling Kevon Seymour, Shareece Wright, and Leonard Johnson for that job, while it looks as if Jordan Poyer has secured the 2nd safety spot opposite Micah Hyde. The defense looked good in game one, so I would look for the Bills to try and find more offense in game two.

Wentz Is Having A Strong Camp

The Philadelphia Eagles took a tough 24-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers in their opening preseason game, but still, Carson Wentz looked good in his only series out there. In that series, he hit all four of his passes for 56 yards and a TD. That TD was a 38-yard pass to Mack Hollins and it was the team’s only TD of the game as Philadelphia managed just a FG the rest of the way. The strong showing from Wentz is just an extension of what he has been doing in camp and it has been his play that give the Eagles hope of improving on the 23 ppg and 337 ypg that they put up last year. Matt McGloin should be the backup QB this year and he looked decent as he hit 28 of 42 passes for 205 yards and an INT, while Dane Evans hit just ⅜ passes for 22 yards in limited action. The Eagles threw for 275 yards in the game overall, but the running game was able to churn out just 47 yards and that has to be a concern for a team that was a solid 11th in rushing last year.

The Eagles threw a lot in game one, so I would look for them to work on their rushing a bit more in this game. LeGarrette Blount had just nine yards on four carries in the game and he may get some more work in this one. Corey Clement led the team with 13 yards, while 4th round pick Donnel Pumphrey had just five yards on four carries. Both should see some time in this one. On defense, the Eagles used their first three picks of the draft to bolster a unit that was 12th in the league in points allowed, giving up just 20.7 ppg and 11th in yards allowed at 337.4 ypg and that defense didn’t look bad at all as they held the {Packers to just 47 yards on the ground and 214 yards through the air. First round pick, DE Derek Bennett has a strong game as led the team with two sacks in the game. This looks like it will be a very good defense this year, while the offense will also be solid, especially with Wentz behind center, some good receivers, a solid stable of backs and the best OL in the league.

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Buffalo is:

  • 1-4 ATS in their last five road games
  • 1-6 ATS in their last seven games on grass

Philadelphia is:

  • 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on grass
  • 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games

Both teams really struggled in their opening games and both will look for better results in this one, but only one will be able to get them. The Bills are a solid defensive team, but they are still a mess on offense as they just don’t seem to have a QB that can run it. Tyrod Taylor really isn’t the answer and neither are T;.J. Yates or Nate Peterman. The running game will be solid, but not enough for them to put big points on the board. The Eagles looked good with Carson Wentz in there and he should get a couple of series in this one. The Eagles have the edge at QB and that edge stays the same when Wentz is out of there. The Eagles have a big edge on offense in this one and they should be able to ride that offense to a nice six point win.

Pick: Philadelphia -3

The Buffalo Bills struggled in their first game against the Vikings, while the Eagles were blown out at Green Bay. Both teams will be looking for their first wins of the preseason, but both will also be looking for more offense than they displayed in their openers. The Bills were able to put up 10 points, while the Eagles were good for just nine and those offenses should struggle again, especially once the starters are out of there. The Eagles had a good opening drive behind Carson Wentz and he has been strong in camp so far, but he will not be in there long and that’s when the Eagles will stop scoring. The Bills might be okay at times this year with Tyrod Taylor, but they will have no offense once he is out of there. Both defenses look pretty solid and that should really help keep the scoring down. Look for this one to be played under 34 points.

Pivk: Under 39.5

Confidence: 5

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