It wasn’t pretty, but after the past two weeks this team has had, it was exactly what the Eagles needed.
The team won’t be aware any style points for their 31-13 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but the victory not only helped them avoid a 3-5 hole, but broke a two-game losing streak as well. Now, the Eagles head back to Lincoln Financial Field next Sunday for a very winnable game against the Chicago Bears -- and a chance to go into the Bye Week at 5-4.
Here are some instant takeaways from the Eagles’ win:
With the Bills facing 3rd-and-2 near the end of the second half, Graham knocked the ball out of quarterback Josh Allen’s hands on a running play, then also recovered the ball, giving the offense possession on the Bills’ 24-yard line. They took advantage of the great field position, scoring five-plays later to take a 11-7 lead into the half. The play not only gave the Eagles the ball but the momentum they desperately needed in what was a very sloppy, uninspiring performance prior to the play.
Graham stepped up again in the third quarter when the defense needed him. After the Eagles fumbled the ball away on a punt return, Graham stepped up and brought down Allen on 3rd-and-8, putting the Bills into a tough fourth-down spot which they failed to convert.