Photo credit: Erik Drost
Author: Jon Kuzma
When the Buffalo Bills and the Philadelphia Eagles meet on Sunday it will be a match up that showcases two teams fighting for a playoff spot. Both teams are on the bubble as far as the playoff picture goes, and a win or loss will go a big way in sealing either team’s fate down the stretch. If you’re in to projections and forecasting games, which we know a lot of you football fans are. You really have to look at the match ups across the board and determine who has the advantage. When you do a side by side comparison of both teams it becomes overwhelming clear that the Buffalo Bills have the advantage heading into this football game. Lets start at the quarterback position which is the most important position on the field. The Buffalo Bills have been riding high with Tyrod Taylor at the helm. Taylor has thrown for 17 touchdowns on the year compared to Sam Bradford’s 13 touchdowns. What is even more impressive is Taylor has done that with even less throw attempts than Bradford. Showing that Taylor not only throws more touchdowns but he is also more efficient as well. At the running back position you would think the Eagles have the clear advantage with their three running back backfield of Demarco Murray, Ryan Matthews, and Darren Sproles. Yet the running back who has run for the most yards on either team is Lesean McCoy who was shipped to the Bills by the Eagles this past offseason. McCoy has ran for 792 yards on the year compared to Murray’s 569 yards who leads the Eagles. When you factor in Bills back up running back Karlos Williams who also has contributed 5 touchdowns to this Bills offense. You have to give the advantage to the Bills at running back as well. When you go to the receiver position the Eagles finally take this one with Jordan Matthews who has 661 receiving yards on the year. Just barely edging out Sammy Watkins of the Bills with 635 yards. However it must be noted that Watkins has 6 touchdowns to Matthews 4, so while the Eagles win in reception yards the Bills win in touchdowns at the top receiver spot. Showing that collectively on offense the Bills should be the team that comes out and outperforms the Eagles come Sunday. As far as defense goes the Bills have surrendered fewer yards per game and are ranked better at 20th compared to the Eagles at 26. In the category of fewer points surrendered by a defense. The Bills also ranked better at 16th compared to the Eagles at 25th. So if you’re a betting man this weekend it would be wise to hop on the Rex Ryan bandwagon and lay your money on the Bills Mafia. They’ve been a more complete football team all year.
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