Looking to remain atop the wild card race in the AFC, the Bills attempt to regroup from a surprising home loss Sunday when they host the struggling Redskins.
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When: Sunday, Nov. 3
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
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Since catching the unbeaten Patriots in the AFC East appears to be a fool's errand, the best route for the Bills to make the playoffs for the second time in three seasons is via the wild card. Buffalo (5–2) and Houston are the only non-division leaders in the conference who are also at least two games above .500 heading into play this weekend.
The Bills, though, are coming off their worst loss of the season, a 31–13 setback at home to the Eagles last Sunday. The defense, which has been the strength of the team throughout its surprising start, was roughed up by the Eagles. Buffalo yielded season worsts of 218 on the ground and 371 overall.
Getting off the field has also been an issue for the Bills on that side of the ball. Philadelphia was 8 of 15 on third downs, and Buffalo has allowed opponents to convert 15 of 28 such plays after limiting teams to a 30.5% (22-for-72) conversion rate in the first six games.
While Josh Allen failed to complete 50% of his passes, he does carry a career-best three-game streak of throwing at least two touchdown passes. Running back Frank Gore, 36, needs exactly 100 yards to pass Barry Sanders (15,276) for third on the NFL's all-time rushing list.
Gore, who leads the team with 422 yards, already has one 100-yard effort this season–he rushed for 109 against New England in Week 4. He has not faced the Redskins since 2014 and recorded his lone 100-yard effort in five matchups against them in 2011 with the 49ers.
Another member on that Top 10 list, 34-year-old Adrian Peterson, could wind up being the focal point of Washington's offense for this contest because of the uncertainty at quarterback. Peterson, who is sixth all-time with 13,701 yards, is not going to pass Curtis Martin in this game but should be plenty busy.
Peterson finished last week with 76 yards on 14 carries, continuing a solid stretch in which he has accumulated 275 of his 383 yards over the last three games. Those yards, though, have translated into few points, as Washington has failed to score a touchdown in its last two games and has 33 points over its last four.