Buffalo Bills: 3 keys to victory against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12

When the Bills travel to Philadelphia this weekend, they'll have a chance to reassert themselves as Super Bowl contenders with a victory over the high-flying Eagles.
Philadelphia Eagles v Buffalo Bills
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1. Buffalo Bills have to limit A.J. Brown

Easier said than done.

After being traded to the Eagles during the 2022 NFL draft, Brown has become one of the NFL's most elite wide receievers. In fact, this season he became the first player in NFL history to record at least 125 receiving yards in six straight games.

But on Monday night against the Chiefs, Brown was held in check — and Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts struggled as a result.

While Hurts scored the Eagles game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, he only threw for 150 yards, while being intercepted once. The Eagles leaned on their rushing attack to win the game, scoring three touchdowns on the ground, including two from Hurts himself (shoutout to the 'Tush Push').

The Bills defence has been effective at shutting down the opposing team's top targets this season, only allowing two receivers to record 100-plus yards through eleven games — and shutting down the likes of all-pro wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams.

But Buffalo's secondary is banged-up.

After already having lost Tre'Davious White and Kaiir Elam to injured reserve, the Bills saw Taylor Rapp, Taron Johnson, and Dane Jackson leave Sunday's win over the Jets with injuries. In their place, look for newly-acquired cornerback Rasul Douglas to play a role in limiting Brown on Sunday afternoon.

Douglas has four takeaways in the two games he's started since arriving in Orchard Park.