A New Way To Lose
The Buffalo Bills possessed the ball for 40 minutes in a 60 minute game and still lost. They totaled almost 500 yards for the game. Converted 31 first downs and were 11-18 on 3rd down conversions. Buffalo scored only 19 points, but the one flaw that the Bills need to remedy going forward is establishing the run game without using your quarterback in Josh Allen. Give credit to the Miami Dolphins defensive scheme that was able to sack Allen four times and was a disruptive force for most of the game. If Buffalo figures out the dilemma with the running backs this game will be an afterthought. That isn’t to say that Miami isn’t a force that will be vying for a playoff spot come December.
They had a 24-0 halftime lead against the Washington Commanders and honestly should have scored more points, but the Eagles looked dominant from both sides of the field. Former Eagles QB Carson Wentz was sacked 9 times by the Eagles defense. QB Jalen Hurts tossed another 3 touchdown passes to his top-3 targets in WR DeVonta Smith, WR A.J. Brown and TE Dallas Goedert. They clearly look the part as the best team in the NFC East with a 3-0 start. That’s not to say that it could be undone, but as long as Jalen Hurts is playing like a MVP caliber quarterback, this is a really good Eagles team.
Two Things Can Be True At Once
The Los Angeles Chargers are in danger of falling off the map of contention in the AFC while the Jacksonville Jaguars have established themselves as the best team in their division. Chargers QB Justin Herbert is playing with torn rib cartilage and will be without his left tackle Rashawn Slater who tore his bicep tendon in the loss to the Jaguars. Things could get worse for the Chargers, but for their sake they have a favorable matchup with the Houston Texans next week that could help steer them back on track. For Jacksonville, they go to Philadelphia then play Houston and Indianapolis next. If the Jaguars manage to upset the undefeated Eagles next week, look for them to be considered the favorites to clinch the division at the end of the year and return to playing football in January.