Buffalo Bills Loss Puts Another Nail In The Coffin
Rex Ryan recently said the team is running out mulligans if it hopes to make the playoffs. It's looking more and more like Ryan's first year as Bills head coach is turning into a mulligan. Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles moves the Bills another step closer to elimination from playoff consideration for the 16th straight year.
The Eagles won a tight game with a fourth quarter field goal, but this one was won in the trenches. The Eagles defensive and offensive lines were just better than the group the Bills had. The Bills were flagged 15 times during the game and many of them were fouls by the offensive and defensive lines. Offside and holding were the more popular of the calls.
With as busy a day as the officials had they missed a big one that put the Eagles in position to kick the winning field goal. An offensive pass interference call was overlooked on tight end Zach Ertz's 41-yard pass play. Caleb Sturgis' 30-yard field was all the Eagles would need.
Lesean McCoy's return to Philadelphia didn't go as he hoped. He ran 20 times for 74 yards and caught four passes for 35 yards. Sammy Watkins had five receptions for 81 yards including a 47-yard catch for a touchdown. Reserve running back Mike Gillislee scored on a 19-yard run in the 3rd quarter to tie the game.
Tyrod Taylor finished 19 of 36 passing for 268 yards and the touchdown to Watkins, but his first interception since October coming with just over a minute to play ended any chance of the Bills coming back to at least pull into a tie.
The Bills fall to 6-7 with only three games left. They play at Washington next week.