PHILADELPHIA --- Rex Ryan sent out only one captain to midfield for today's trolling. You know who it was. LeSean McCoy walked to midfield for the coin toss to a smattering of boo's and appeared to kiss the Eagle logo.
Both teams in the playoff hunt are having their moments. It's up for grabs at Lincoln Financial Field where the Eagles hold a 17-10 lead.
A few quick thoughts...
Shady Watch. LeSean McCoy is finding a rhythm against his former team. The Bills' stretch plays to the left side of the line continue to be effective and McCoy cut upfield on the right side for one 24-yarder that set up a Dan Carpenter field goal. He's been one missed tackle away from breaking more long runs in rushing for 63 yards on 12 first-half carries. It'd probably be wise to feed McCoy to the finish line. He's been making the right cuts most of the game and this is one very hungry pro right now back in Philly.
Taylor inaccurate. Tyrod Taylor has been very efficient this season, sticking mostly to safe throws underneath and the occasional shot deep to Sammy Watkins. His 64.9 completion percentage ranked ninth in the NFL heading into Sunday. On Sunday, however, he's been a rocky 10 of 19 through the air. Taylor does have 154 yards but has also missed throws. This probably isn't the kind of game OC Greg Roman wants the Bills to fall into --- Buffalo is 6-0 when Taylor has less than 30 pass attempts. Considering McCoy's success, he should probably be the focal point the rest of the way. Buffalo has gotten very cute with the Wildcat, bringing EJ Manuel in for a snap and other tomfoolery that hasn't done much.
In figuring out if Taylor is a long-term answer, this second half could go a very long ways.
Pittsburgh and New York are both leading their games elsewhere making this close to a must-win for the Bills.
Thigpen fumble costly. Buffalo turned back to returner Marcus Thigpen when Denarius Moore proved unreliable, but Thigpen had a costly muff here in Philly. Sam Bradford found rookie Nelson Agholor for a 53-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive as Agholor split cornerback Ronald Darby and safety Corey Graham deep. On the play, it appeared Graham lost track of the ball and got turned around. Buffalo's offense has done has great job of taking care of the ball most of the season, but special teams has been a different story.
Challenging the corners. Sam Bradford has taken multiple shots deep. One long ball to Riley Cooper was called back on a challenge --- the ball hit the ground. He then found Agholor on the touchdown. Even though this fast-paced offense features mostly underneath routes, Chip Kelly will probably keep testing the struggling Darby and Leodis McKelvin (who's in for the injured Stephon Gilmore).
Defense wilts late. Buffalo's front seven has manufactured pressure at times on Sunday, drawing multiple holds. And again Manny Lawson is having a strong game. But so many games are won or lost by points at the end of the first half and the Eagles quickly strung together an 11-play, 53-yard field goal drive to go into the half ahead, 17-10. Bradford found Riley Cooper for 11 yards on third and 7 to set up the 45-yard kick. Also, Philadelphia will get the ball to start the first half.