Here are five numbers that mattered in the Eagles' 23-20 win over Buffalo.
Five numbers that mattered in the Eagles' 23-20 win over Buffalo:
LeSean McCoy's rushing yards on his final 11 carries Sunday. McCoy rushed for 59 yards on his first nine carries, including a 24-yard run midway through the second quarter on the Bills' second scoring drive. After that, he didn't have another run longer than four yards until a 7-yard run on the first play of the Bills' final possession. McCoy finished with 74 yards on 20 carries. His 3.7 yards-per-carry average equaled his lowest since Week 3 against Miami when he averaged 1.4.
One of the names NFL Films had been considering for the Eagles' 2015 highlight film was "Third and a Mile" because of the inordinate number of third-and-long situations they've been in. But not Sunday. With a little help from the undisciplined Bills, who got flagged for four neutral-zone infractions on third down, 14 of the Eagles' 18 third downs in their 23-20 win were 5 yards or less. In their previous 12 games, just 39.8 percent of their third-down opportunities were 5 yards or less. The Eagles converted 50 percent of their third-down situations for the first time this season.
Sam Bradford's passer rating in his four starts since the Eagles' late-October bye. He has completed 65.2 percent of his passes, averaged 7.3 yards per attempt and thrown five touchdowns and just one interception in those four starts. In his first seven starts, Bradford had a 76.4 passer rating, averaged just 6.4 yards per attempt and had nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 274 attempts.
The number of penalties called against the Bills on Sunday, including 11 on the offense. Fifteen of those 17 were accepted, including the aforementioned four neutral-zone infractions, four offensive holdings and four false starts. The 15 accepted penalties are the most by an Eagles opponent since Week 2 when the Cowboys committed 18 in a 20-10 win over the Eagles. The Bills are second in the league in accepted penalties this season with 124. Only Tampa Bay has more (125). The Bills lead the league in accepted penalty yards (1,086).
Riley Cooper has just 19 receptions this season. But he's had three in the last two games that have been pretty damn important, including two Sunday. His 14-yard catch on a third-and-11 late in the game last week against New England helped take critical time off the clock in the Eagles' hang-on-for-dear-life 35-28 win. On Sunday, he had two more big third-down grabs on a drive just before the end of the first half that got the Eagles within range for a 45-yard Caleb Sturgis field goal. The first was a seven-yard catch on a third-and-5. The second was an 11-yard grab on a third-and-7 in which he also managed to get out of bounds and stop the clock with 9 seconds left.
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