Sunday’s road matchup with Buffalo was as close to a must-win situation for the Birds as the middle of the NFL season can provide. The Eagles responded to the challenge, playing a close game throughout the first half and then pulling completely away across the second half for a final score of 31-13. Take a look at three players most deserving of game balls for their role in the Eagles victory on Sunday.
The entire defense came to play in this contest and put together their most commanding effort since the smothering of the Jets in week 5. Defensive end Brandon Graham gets a game ball for his impactful turnover towards the conclusion of the first half. When mobile quarterback Josh Allen took off on a third down draw play, Graham fought off his block and managed to both force and recover the fumble. This turnover translated into 8 points for the Eagles after coach Pederson elected to go for two. Brandon Graham also contributed 5 tackles and a sack in this game.
Rookie running back Miles Sanders did a little bit of everything for the Eagles victory on Sunday. He made the most of his three carries turning them into 74 yards a touchdown. The bulk of that yardage came on a 65 yard scamper at the beginning of the third quarter. Sanders also continued his prowess as a receiving weapon for Wentz, amassing three receptions for 44 yards. To top it off, the Birds turned to Sanders for their two point conversion late in the first half and he delivered, easily taking a pitch into the endzone. While Sanders did injure his shoulder and leave the game early, coach Pederson is optimistic about his return and is officially listing the rookie as day to day.
Sanders wasn’t the only Eagles running back to have a productive day. The running back the Birds have leaned on all year did not disappoint against a Bills defensive that many considered nothing short of elite. Howard tallied 96 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries for a solid 4.2 yards per carry. Many of his powerful runs came in the second half when Philadelphia was protecting their lead and killing the clock. Depending on the severity of Sander’s injury, the Eagles may need to lean on him even more in their matchup with the Bears next week.