It will be the Shady-Chip Bowl the city of brotherly love when LeSean “Shady” McCoy and the Buffalo Bills face Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles. The game kicks off on CBS this Sunday, December 13th at 1:00 PM from Lincoln Financial Field.
GM Chip Kelly traded McCoy to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso during the offseason, just months after McCoy became the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher after his sixth season with the team. Kelly then signed DeMarco Murray, the NFL’s leading rusher last season who was with Dallas, to a five-year, $40 million contract.
McCoy hasn’t spoken to Kelly since the trade and said he has never received an explanation.
“Listen, man, Chip can’t shake s— at all. Nothing. He knows this,” McCoy told a large group of reporters at his locker. “That’s why [he] said it. I know him. He’s very intelligent. I can read between the lines. Like I said, I have nothing against him, no hatred. We’re not enemies. I won’t say anything wrong to him. But there’s nothing for us to talk about, at all. Simple as that.”
How To Bet The Buffalo Bills Vs Philadelphia Eagles NFL Week 14 Odds
The NFL week 14 betting odds opened earlier this week with the Eagles as 1-point favorites to beat the Bills. Since then the odds have shifted to favor the Bills by 1.5-points. If you are betting the moneyline the Bills will garner you even money at +100 and if you back the Eagles moneyline you risk 120 to win 100. The game total has held steady at 47 for your over/under bets.
What: Buffalo Bills (6-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)
When: Sunday, December 13, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Weather: 61° F | Sprinkles Late
Spread: Bills -1.5
Moneyline: Buffalo +100 vs Philadelphia -120
Game Total: 47
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Buffalo vs Philadelphia
Why Bet The Buffalo Bills To Beat The Eagles Odds at -1.5
The Buffalo Bills are 6-6 straight up and 6-5-1 against the spread this season. They average 24.5 points (11th), 209.8 passing yards (29th) and 140.9 rushing yards (4th) per game. Last week, they beat the Texans by a 30-21 score keeping their playoff hopes alive.
QB Tyrod Taylor (2171 yards, 17 TDs & 4 INTs) threw for 3 TDs last week pushing his TD total over the last two games to six without an interception. Despite his slippery elusiveness and Vick-esque scrambling abilities, Taylor also learned to be a reliable, mistake free pocket passer. He has six straight games without throwing an interception.
WR Sammy Watkins (34 rec, 635 yards, 6 TDs) had only three catches against the Texas last week. He parlayed those three catches into 109 yards receiving yards and a touchdown. TE Charles Clay (30 rec, 519 yards, 3 TDs) caught only four passes for 66 yards against Houston. His late touchdown gave the pushed the Bills to snap their two game losing streak.
RB LeSean McCoy (173 att, 792 yards, 3 TDs) is coming off one of his best game of the season, running for 112 yards against Houston. He is noticeably lighter and quicker than he was last year. His motivation should be at an all-time high against the coach that traded him. McCoy has gone over 100 rushing-receiving yards in six straight games and is averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Philly ranks 23rd in yards per carry allowed (4.3).
"I’m not gonna change anything I said," McCoy told 94WIP radio in Philadelphia on Tuesday. "I stand by everything I said before. And I don’t have no problems with Chip, no hatred. Nothing at all. Everything I said, I stand by it. I don’t take it back.
"One thing about myself, I would never take back nothing I say. I have my own reasons to feel how I felt. I think it’s the difference between me and other players — [that] other players will only say how they feel. I’m different. I’ll speak how I feel, but I really don’t want to relive that."
Buffalo’s defense allows 24.5 points (11th), 256.0 passing yards (23rd), and 104.0 rushing yards (14th) per game. Preston Brown has 93 tackles, Jerry Hughes has four sacks, and Ronald Darby has 19 deflected passes.
Why Bet The Philadelphia Eagles To Beat The Bills Odds at +1.5
The Philadelphia Eagles are 5-7 straight up and against the spread this season. They average 23.2 points (15th), 236.4 passing yards (19th) and 115.7 rushing yards (11th) per game. Last week, they shocked the nation by beating the Patriots by a 35-28 score.
QB Sam Bradford (2417 yards, 13 TDs & 10 INTs) completed 14 of his 24 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns last week. And that was his best game of the season against the Patriots. He has three consecutive weeks without turning the ball over.
WR Jordan Matthews (61 rec, 661 yards, 4 TDs) and TE Zach Ertz (40 rec, 403 yards, 1 TDs) are the two main targets for Bradford. The team cut aging WR Miles Austin (13 rec, 224 yards, 1 TD) who has failed to impress.
DeMarco Murray’s (163 att, 569 yards, 4 TDs) transition to Kelly’s offense has gone far from smooth. The ex-Dallas Cowboy is averaging a career-low 3.5 yards per rush and has one 100-yard game after recording 12 during his banner 1,845-yard 2014. Reports out of Philadelphia indicate Murray met with the team owner to discuss his role on the team after signing a huge off-season deal.
"That’s not what happened," Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said. "He sat next to Mr. Lurie on the plane on the ride home. They talked about the game and what happened. He was sitting next to Mr. Lurie."
Last week Kelly started rusher Darren Sproles (62 att, 243 yards, 1 TD) over Murray and signs indicate he will get the start again this week. This game also marks the return of RB Ryan Matthews (75 att, 427 yards, 5 TDs) who is back after missing three weeks with concussion symptoms.
Philadelphia’s defense allows 25.2 points (25th), 259.0 passing yards (24th) and 124.7 rushing yards (27th) per game. Malcolm Jenkins has 79 tackles, Brandon Graham has 6.5 sacks, and Nolan Carroll II has 10 deflected passes.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
The Bills are 7-19-2 ATS in their last 28 games following a straight up win, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Eagles are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games in December.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Expect Shady to have have the game of his life against Kelly’s Eagles. Philadelphia’s win over New England was a fluke game and wasn’t a sign that the Eagles have turned a corner.
My final score prediction is Buffalo 31, Philadelphia 24.