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Four Takeaways From First Quarter

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On an unusually warm December day in Philadelphia, the Eagles welcomed the Bills and their franchise all-time leading rusher in LeSean McCoy back to town. After winning the coin toss, the team deferred to the second half, immediately shut down the Buffalo offense and scored a touchdown on its first possession of the game. Following the opening 15 minutes of play, the Eagles and Bills are tied at 7 apiece.

Opening Drive TD

On the first play of the Eagles' possession, it appeared as though quarterback Sam Bradford and Riley Cooper had connected on a 42-yard pass bringing them well into Bills territory. However, a Buffalo challenge reversed the call and Philadelphia was moved back to its own 39-yard line. The Eagles did not let the play take away their momentum and got right back to work going on an eight play, 61-yard scoring drive.

The team picked up 34 of those yards on the ground. In his first game back after missing three with a concussion, Ryan Mathews rushed for15 yards on his one carry and Darren Sproles added another 16 on two carries, including a 1-yard touchdown run to put the team on the board. The touchdown gave Philadelphia a 7-0 lead.

Taylor Looks To The Air

Coming into this game, Buffalo was the No. 4 ranked rushing team in the NFL. However, the team has been gaining the majority of its yards in the passing game, picking up 109 of its 133 total yards through the air. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is currently 6-of-10 and has thrown for one touchdown. The touchdown came on a 47-yard pass to second-year receiver Sammy Watkins at the 8:24 mark of the quarter. Watkins has two receptions for 51 yards today.

McCoy's Return

Through the first quarter of play, McCoy has rushed for 27 yards on five carries (5.4 yards per carry). On his longest run, he picked up 7 yards.

Eagles Playing Clean

Penalties have been an issue for the Eagles as of late, but after the first 15 minutes, Philadelphia has zero to its name. The Bills on the other hand have four for 25 yards, which has worked in the Eagles' favor.

The Eagles returned to Lincoln Financial Field to face the Buffalo Bills in their first of three home games in December. View the full gallery here...

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