Fred Jackson and Nick Barnett Lead Buffalo Bills to a Win

Aaron McKinneyCorrespondent IIIOctober 9, 2011

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 09:  Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills runs against Juqua Parker #75 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.Buffalo won 31-24.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Fred Jackson rushed for 111 yards and a touchdown while Nick Barnett picked off Michael Vick twice and returned one for a touchdown in a 31-24 victory in Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

The Bills offense went to Jackson early and often as he rolled up almost 40 yards in the first quarter. He also added six receptions for 85 yards, including a 49-yard screen play. This win puts the Bills in the driver's seat, while not having played the NY Jets or Dolphins, yet. They already assured themselves of at least a split with the Patriots, two weeks ago. 

The Eagles looked off kilter for most of the game as Michael Vick was hurried again, and despite running for almost 100 yards, he still threw four interceptions because of that pressure.

The Eagles offense out-gained the Bills, but five turnovers eventually did them in. McCoy managed to gain 80 yards on the ground, but nearly half of that total (32 yards) came on one run later in the game, as the running game was all but abandoned. 

The Bills passing game was unspectacular, but efficient and the offense only turned the ball over once. 

They now head to the Meadowlands to play the NY Giants, another NFC East foe, next week. 

At this point, the Bills must be considered a contender after tossing aside an overrated, but talented, Eagles team.