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Vic Carucci's hot read: McCoy's revenge falls flat, along with rest of Bills

PHILADELPHIA -- Here are some quick thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 23-20 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday:

* LeSean McCoy didn't have much of a revenge performance against his former team. He ran 20 times for 74 yards. But he spent much of the second half going backwards. At one point, he had six carries for minus-1 and had 11 yards on eight carries through the final two quarters. McCoy didn't get a lot of help from his offensive line, but give the Eagles' defense plenty of credit for keying on him the whole way and giving him minimal running room. Defensive coordinator Bill Davis had an excellent game plan that focused on forcing him to run inside, where he often found a gang of would-be tacklers waiting for him.

* The Bills were clearly not mentally up to the task of playing another playoff-like, must-win game. They killed themselves with mistakes, especially penalties. They had 15 for 101 yards. They also had a muffed punt that led to a touchdown. It was a sloppy performance on both sides of the ball.

* The Bills' defense didn't do enough. The Eagles' fast-paced offense clearly took a physical toll on Buffalo's defenders. And the fatigue led to breakdowns and penalties.

* The Bills' offense should have been able to generate more big plays against a defense that entered the game ranked near the bottom of the league against the run and without any true star players beyond end Fletcher Cox. But Cox did plenty, frequently getting the better of guard Richie Incognito. Rookie guard John Miller also struggled badly.

* Tyrod Taylor came up small, especially in the second half. He completed only nine of 17 passes in the final two quarters for 114 yards. He misfired on multiple occasions, overthrowing receivers (including Robert Woods on an interception that sealed the victory for the Eagles) and generally struggling with his reads and decision-making.

* The Bills' playoff hopes are all but dead. Not only did they lose, but all of the teams they needed to lose (Pittsburgh, Kansas City, and the New York Jets) won. Put it down: 16 years without a postseason appearance.

 

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