After a week in which they were doubted and left for dead, the Eagles defensive leaders stepped up in a huge way, combining with a physical Philadelphia running attack to bully the Buffalo Bills on the road. The Eagles man-handled Buffalo into a 31-13 victory, moving to 4-4 on the season and quieting on the doubters and critics.

With the Eagles now headed home for another huge test against the Chicago Bears, before the week 10 bye, here are five takeaways from the Birds impressive victory.

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1. Carson Wentz showed grit and leadership

After weeks of anonymous sources, Wentz was steady and efficient, while playing with grit as he led the Birds to an impressive victory. Wentz was 17 of 24 passing for, 172 yards, one touchdown and no turnovers in terrible conditions. Wentz used his legs to extend several drives and didn’t try to force the ball against the Bills stingy defense.