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Bills receiver Cole Beasley isn’t at all surprised
05-11-2019, 07:41 AM
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Bills receiver Cole Beasley isn’t at all surprised
ORCHARD PARK Josh Allen Jersey , N.Y. (AP) — Eagles are fired up following last weekend’s dud at Dallas.Before signing with Buffalo in March, Beasley spent his first seven seasons with the Cowboys to understand how much any loss to their NFC East rivals stung, never mind a 37-10 rout.“If they weren’t (ticked) off I’d be worried about them,” Beasley said, as the Bills (5-1) prepare to host the Eagles (3-4) on Sunday. “I hope they’re mad. They’re going to come out playing their butts off.”Article continues below ...Perhaps, this is the type of challenge the Bills could use in facing questions of whether they’re for real or merely benefiting from an easy opening schedule that so far includes one opponent — New England — with a winning record.The collection of skeptics grew after Buffalo needed two second-half turnovers and an onside kickoff returned for a touchdown to seal a 31-21 victory over winless Miami on Sunday.Center Mitch Morse disputed the notion the Bills — a win short of matching their best starting in 26 years — deserve criticism for beating the Dolphins but failing to beat the huge point spread.“It’s tough to win. For people trying to take away from the bad team we played against it’s not fair,” Morse said. “Those dudes can play ball.”The Eagles, on paper at least, can play better.“I’m still highly confident in our football team,” coach Doug Pederson said. “Our guys are a little mad. They’re a little upset, which they should be. We haven’t played well.”After improving to 3-2 following two straight wins, the Eagles regressed in losing their past two, starting with a 38-20 loss at Minnesota in Week 6.Injuries are an issue with starting defensive tackles Malik Jackson and Hassan Ridgeway sidelined. Philadelphia opened this week by signing practice squad defensive tackles Anthony Rush and Albert Huggins Parris Campbell Jersey , with both having chances to play Sunday.Pederson could at least crack a joke when informed Bills coach Sean McDermott referred to the Eagles as having one of the deepest defensive fronts.“Is he counting the guys on IR, too?” Pederson said with a laugh.MISSING JACKSONThe Eagles have just two catches of 30-plus yards from a receiver since DeSean Jackson had TD receptions of 53 and 51 yards in a 32-27 season-opening win against Washington. Jackson hasn’t played since Week 2 because of an abdomen injury. Alshon Jeffery (30 yards) and Nelson Agholor (43) have the two other long receptions.Both players had tough weeks.Jeffery denied he was the anonymous source in a report that criticized Carson Wentz and the offensive scheme. Agholor had to defend himself from criticism after failing to track the ball well on a deep pass from Wentz.DEEP INCOMPLETEBills quarterback Josh Allen faced questions over his inability to complete deep passes this season after failing to connect with both John Brown and Andre Roberts against Miami.His longest completion is a 51-yarder to Cole Beasley in Week 2. Next on the list is Dawson Knox’s 49-yard pass, in which the tight end did most of the work with 34 yards after catch.“I wouldn’t say it’s frustrating. Obviously, you want to hit every throw that you put out there,” Allen said. “Haven’t been doing a good enough job with that, if I’m getting all these questions.”WHO DO YOU LOVE?McDermott winked when asked if he has a particular affinity for Tre’Davious White, because the cornerback was the first player the Bills drafted after he took over in 2017.“I love all my guys,” McDermott said of White, whose two takeaways led to touchdowns against Miami. “You know if I say yes, then the whole team’s going to get on me. It’s like my kids.STOPPING THE RUNThe Eagles were excellent against the run until Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott became the first to top 100 yards against them since he did it last season. Elliott had 111 of Dallas’ 189 yards rushing.The Bills are seventh in rushing with an average of 135.8 yards per game, and led by 15-year veteran Frank Gore, who has 388 yards and is averaging 4.5 yards a carry. If that’s not all, opponents must contend with Allen http://www.coltsauthorizedshops.com/auth...eke-jersey , who’s second on the team with 190 yards rushing.“It’s not just his athleticism, it’s their willingness to run him,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said, noting it’s similar to how Carolina uses Cam Newton. “They have probably a more varied run game than any team we’ve faced.”DEAL OR NO DEALWith the trade deadline approaching Tuesday, McDermott didn’t feel the Bills needed to add talent to reinforce a message the team is a legitimate playoff contender.“I think they know where we stand,” he said. “I’m extremely confident in the guys that we have.” ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys had to abandon any realistic hope of defending their NFC East title while losing three straight games without suspended star running back Ezekiel Elliott.A fourth straight defeat when Washington visits Thursday night would hand the crown to Philadelphia with the Eagles still having five games left.Even if they find a way to win without last year’s NFL rushing leader, the Cowboys carry faint playoff hopes at best along with the team that shares second place in the division at 5-6 — the Redskins.“It’s frustrating, it’s shocking,” Prescott said. “You look around and you see the Pro Bowlers and the talent you have, it’s almost a loss for words on why it’s happening. But it just shows you this game is tough.”Made even tougher without Elliott, who was moving up the rushing list again during a three-game winning streak when he finally ran out of legal options to avoid the six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence.The Cowboys haven’t had 300 yards in a game since then, the longest such stretch since the last four games in 2002.“I’m sure it has a little bit to do with it Khari Willis Jersey ,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “But they’ve had some issues. When you lose a game, you can’t finger-point the offensive side of the ball.”The absence of 2016 All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee because of a hamstring injury hasn’t helped, with the Cowboys getting outscored 72-6 in the second half on the current losing streak. Lee has been ruled out for the third straight game.It’s been more about the volume of injuries for Washington, which has 15 players on injured reserve and was eliminated in the division race in Week 12 despite beating the New York Giants.Three starters have been ruled out against the Cowboys: tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring), center Chase Roullier (hand) and safety Montae Nicholson (concussion). A key reserve, former Dallas defensive lineman Terrell McClain, will sit with a toe injury.“You take away all the dust and the smoke and everything else that people really say about this team and you see what type of fighters and guys we get off the street and come in and play and still win games, it’s pretty great,” said cornerback Josh Norman, set for another showdown with struggling Dallas receiver Dez Bryant.Some things to consider with the Cowboys seeking to make the rival Redskins the first team they’ve beaten 70 times:O-LINE JUGGLE: Redskins left tackle Trent Williams is questionable with a right knee injury that will require surgery and has kept him out of three of the past five games.He knows he won’t be playing left guard for the injured Shawn Lauvao because 6-foot-8 backup tackle Ty Nsekhe is moving there. “I can’t remember a time in my career where I looked down and the left guard is towering over me,” the 6-5 Williams said.SECONDARY SHUFFLE: The Cowboys are making changes among their defensive backs after giving up a season-high 434 yards passing to Philip Rivers of the LA Chargers.Rookie second-round pick Chidobe Awuzie, hampered most of the season by hamstring injuries, has been running with the first team and is expected to take snaps from second-year man Anthony Brown. Another rookie Josh Allen Jersey , Xavier Woods, could see more time at safety.CROWDER TIME: Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has spread the ball around a lot this season, completing passes to 15 players, but receiver Jamison Crowder is his favorite option.Crowder is coming off his best game of the season with seven catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. “Sometimes he gets lost in the mix, but now he is becoming a feature-type guy,” Gruden said.BEHIND MORRIS: Alfred Morris has been the lead back filling in for Elliott, who is out three more games. The Cowboys eliminated any remaining doubt about Rod Smith as the next choice when they released Darren McFadden three days after Smith scored his first career touchdown. Trey Williams came up from the practice squad and could be active against the Redskins.SIMPLE PLAN: Linebacker Zach Brown said the Redskins have only watched film of Dallas without Elliott because Morris is such a different back. They will follow what Atlanta, Philadelphia and the Chargers did.“They’re not having (any) more big, explosive run plays,” Brown said. “Now everybody’s forcing them to pass the ball. Now for our game, we’re going to force them to pass the ball, too.”
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