The Eagles defeated the Bills by a score of 20-16 on Thursday, August 17. The third string defensive starters shined late in the game, coming up with a crucial interception to seal the deal.
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Buffalo was marching down the field, being led by third string quarterback T.J. Yates. The clock reads 11 seconds and the ball is placed at the Eagles 8 yard line. Yates throws towards the end zone and it is picked off by Mitchell White.
Although the third team sealed the game, the first team shined yet again, thus proving this defense is a force to be reckoned with. Ronald Darby suited up in the green and white for the first time on Thursday night, and he immediately made an impact. He read a poorly thrown ball perfectly and turned on the jets returning the ball forty five yards and setting the Eagles up for their next drive. Eagles rookie, and first round draft pick, Derek Barnett, yet again impressed everyone. He posted one tackle for loss, and one sack in his very limited time on the field.
Mychal Kendricks has been a question mark for the Eagles front office what seems like his entire career. The trade rumors have never ceased with him. In the game, he made an impressive read and jumped in front of a pass to intercept it. He could become quite a great young player among the Eagles front seven. Chris Long, Fletcher Cox, Derek Barnett, Brandon Graham, and Mychal Kendricks could become a deadly front seven in the NFL. Now in the secondary, after adding Ronald Darby, they are looking pretty solid all around on defense.
The offense, however, has struggled in both games. Quarterback Carson Wentz went just 6/9 with 56 yards and one sack. LeGarrette Blount struggled yet again, carrying the rock five times for only 8 yards. Nelson Agholor had a big run after catch, going for 21 yards, but finishing the night with two catches for 28 yards only. Alshon Jeffrey was targeted five times but only finished with two catches for 23 yards. Mack Hollins is looking good as well. He did not have as great of a game as he did versus the Packers, but he’s showing tons of upside. He only reeled in one catch for six yards but had five targets. This is showing us that Wentz already has a decent amount of trust in his new and young receiving core.
The Eagles got two field goals from Caleb Sturgis, and two rushing touchdowns via a six yard run by Corey Clement in the second quarter and a one yard rushing touchdown by Byron Marshall with three minutes left in the game. This touchdown proved to be the game winner.