This Sunday at 1 PM ET, the Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) are traveling to Florida in hopes of getting a win against the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4). The Eagles are first in their division ahead of the Dallas Cowboys (2-3) in the NFC East. The Cowboys are not out of it yet, but if they lose to the Washington Redskins Sunday night and the Eagles take care of business, they will start to lag behind.
The Philadelphia Eagles are without QB Michael Vick due to a hamstring injury and Coach Chip Kelly will be starting QB Nick Foles but Vick should return by next week’s matchup against the Cowboys.
The offense has still done well with Nick Foles in as the offensive leader. I’m not saying that he is as dynamic as Vick, but Foles can lead the team and help move the ball down the field. When Vick left the game against the Giants, Foles came in scored two touchdowns. While Vick fits into the high-powered offense better than Foles does because Vick adds to the run game as well as being a quarterback, Foles still gives Philly a chance to win.
The Eagles lead the NFL in rushing yards with 933 yards and are averaging 186 yards a game. The Bucs defense can’t be looked over though; three out of four of their losses have been within three points and the teams have been kept under 20 points. The Eagles will probably keep the same offensive pace they have and attack the weak pass defense more.
What’s been keeping the Bucs from winning is their offense. They’re last in the league in passing, averaging only 174 yards per game (Teams do this in one half). This still doesn’t make this game an automatic win for the Eagles because their own pass defense is ranked 30th in the league. Plus, the 32nd ranked pass offense was under QB Josh Freeman, who is now with the Minnesota Vikings. Now that they’re starting rookie QB Mike Glennon, there are going to be some changes in the Bucs passing game. Glennon threw for one touchdown and two interceptions against the Cardinals.
The Eagles’ defense will still have to stop the Bucs’ offense and not take them lightly. The Buccaneers are fighting for their first win for the season after their bye week and are looking to turn their year around in a positive direction.
The make or break for this game will be the Eagles defense. If they want to become a .500 team, they’re going to have to rush and put pressure on Glennon and create turnovers due to his rookie experience. So Look for the Philadelphia Eagles to have another win.