Buffalo’s run attack was the key to victory on Sunday.
words // Brandon Richard
Nearly 70,000 fans packed Ralph Wilson Stadium to watch the surprising Buffalo Bills take on Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Dubbed the “Dream Team” by their third-string quarterback Vince Young, the Eagles haven’t quite lived up to expectations this season, entering Sunday’s game with an underwhelming 1-3 record. On the other hand, the Bills haven’t lived up to their expectations either – in a good way. Despite a heartbreaking loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4, Buffalo was 3-1 with a share of the AFC East lead. The trends continued for both teams in their Week 5 match-up.
The Bills’ offense was led by running back Fred Jackson, who heard loud chants of “Freddie” as he gained nearly 200 total yards on the day. Jackson carried the ball 26 times for 111 yards and had 6 receptions for 85 yards. His 5-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter set the tone for the game.
Defensively, the Bills were able to fluster Vick throughout the game. The speedy quarterback ran for 90 yards, making him the NFL’s all-time leading rusher amongst quarterbacks. However, 4 of his 40 passes were intercepted by Buffalo, including a “pick-six” by linebacker Nick Barnett. Philadelphia still made a fourth quarter push, but a late interception by safety George Wilson capped off an impressive 31-24 victory for the surging Bills.
In other early Sunday action, the Oakland Raiders paid tribute to the late Al Davis with a hard-fought 25-20 victory over the Houston Texans; the New Orleans Saints outlasted the Carolina Panthers in another impressive outing by rookie Cam Newton; the Minnesota Vikings picked up their first victory of the season under Coach Leslie Frazier; Pittsburgh got back on track with a lopsided 38-17 win over the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts remained winless after another close loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Fred Jackson appropriately wore the Nike Super Speed.
Ben Roethlisberger warms up in the Nike Air Zoom Super Bad 3.
LaMarr Woodley celebrates a sack in pink Jordan football cleats.
Steve Smith celebrates a touchdown reception in the Reebok NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid.
Jason Campbell tries to through through pressure wearing the Nike Zoom Alpha Talon.
Steve Breaston celebrates the game-winning touchdown in Jordan football cleats.
Brandon Tate returns a punt in the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly.
Adrian Peterson celebrates a touchdown run in the Nike Super Speed TD.
Marshawn Lynch finds an opening in a PE colorway of the Nike Alpha Speed.
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