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The Kist & Solak Show #137!

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The Week 8 match-up for the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense against the Buffalo Bills’ offense is weakness against weakness.

The Eagles have allowed 24 and 27 first half points in their last two games along with 37 and 38 points total in those games. They’ve only held one opponent to under 24 points, the Luke Falk-led Jets. That game led to the largest Week 4 to Week 5 DVOA shift in history, catapulting the Eagles’ from 22nd to 6th with their 10 sack, 2 touchdown performance. We know by now that they were closer to that 22nd rank and probably worse in recent games.

Their challenge is to not hemorrhage points against a pedestrian Bills’ offense which ranks 23rd in DVOA and 22nd in points per game. The only time they’ve scored over 30 points came against the win-less Miami Dolphins and included an onside kick returned for a touchdown. Their running game has been the best feature of the offense, while the passing game remains as inconsistent as their quarterback Josh Allen.

The big fear for many fans will be speedy wide receiver John Brown taking off the top of the Eagles’ defense. On the season Brown has proven to be their biggest threat, totaling 33 catches for 473 yards and two touchdowns. He’d have a lot more than that if Allen, who has been very accurate inside of 20 yards, ranks 27th of 35 in deep ball adjusted accuracy completion percentage (per PFF).

The Eagles can’t count on Allen continuing to miss those shots and regardless of the quarterback their defensive backfield needs to get right after perpetually breaking down and giving up big plays this season. It needs to be a “get right” game for them instead of yet another “get on track” game for the opponent.

We go deep into the match-up with the Bills’ offense on The Kist & Solak Show #137 and we also talk about the possibility of the Eagles trading for New York Jets’ wide receiver Robby Anderson. You can listen on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. New to podcasts?! Check out our guide on how to listen to BGN! FLY EAGLES FLY!