This season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the favorites to go all the way to the Super Bowl game and lift the Vince Lombardi trophy. And it wouldn’t be unthinkable considering Tom Brady helped them do just that last season, with his record 7th Super Bowl.
That’s more individually than any franchise has. But would the Eagles be able to swoop in like a bird of prey and cause an upset?
Well, it was a much closer game than voiced in their previews leading up to the game. It’s not been a great season so far for the Philadelphia Eagles when after their opening day 6-32 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, they recorded three losses on the bounce. It all started with a close 11-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers before an absolute hammering by the Dallas Cowboys 41-21. That was followed up by a 30-42 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs before they finally turned around their fortunes with an 18-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Going into this game, the likes of Bovada sports betting had the Buccaneers as favorites, and it turned out rightly so after they walked out 22-28 winners over the Eagles. But it wasn’t quite the whitewash some people were expecting. And here is how it all played out, quarter by quarter…
The first quarter got off to how many expected it, with the Buccaneers taking an early lead when Tom Brady threw a two-yard touchdown pass to O.J. Howard. But it wouldn’t be too long before the Eagles leveled things off with Jalen Hurts, creating a touchdown with a five-yard pass to Zach Ertz to level things off at 7-7.
However, the Buccaneers couldn’t prevent Brady from throwing another touchdown, this time with a 23-yard pass to Antonio Brown, to help the Bucs regain a 7 point lead. For the remainder of the quarter, both defenses were able to prevent the other’s offense from putting any more points on the board.
The second quarter saw both defenses standing pretty solidly, with barely any ground being made by either side’s offensive teams. But eventually, the Bucs offense broke through with Leonard Fournette making a two-yard run to reach the end zone. And so going into the 2nd half, it would be the Buccaneers 21 to the Eagles 7.
The defenses seemed to let their hard work from the second quarter slip when they reached the third, with more touchdowns for both sides. Leonard Fournette would add another touchdown to his night with a one-yard run, giving the Buccaneers a 21 point lead over the Eagles. But in true Philadelphia fashion, the Eagles didn’t give up and returned with a touchdown of their own, as Jalen Hurts made a six-yard touchdown run to take the deficit to just 14 points with a quarter to play.
In the fourth quarter, the Eagles came out fighting and gave the Buccaneers a scare. Jalen Hurts made another touchdown run, this time forcing himself to gain the two yards he needed. But rather than going for the kick, they went for the two-point conversion, and it paid off, as the Eagles closed the gap to just six points, now trailing the Buccaneers 28-22.
Sadly though, the late-rally didn’t continue, and Tom Brady and his team were able to prevent the fightback from fully happening. But it will give the Eagles tremendous confidence that they are able to compete with the best. If they can just sharpen their defensive lineup, they would have a real chance of being playoff hopefuls. But with their record now 2-4, it’s not impossible, but it is looking more unlikely.
Anyway, catch the highlights from the official NFL YouTube channel below:
There is a reason Tom Brady has seven Super Bowl rings to his name, and that’s because he has one of the best arms in the game. Add that to his incredible vision; you know that the Bucs always are going to gain some ground. And in this game, Brady ended up completing 34 out of his 42 passes, gaining 297 yards, and leading to two touchdowns.
In terms of rushing, both Miles Sanders and Jalen Hurts had impressive stats for the Eagles. Sanders managed nine carries which helped gain 56 yards and Hurts managed 10 carries, gaining 44 yards and leading to 2 touchdowns. But it was the Buccaneers’ Leonard Fournette who blew both of these guys out of the water, having single-handedly managed 22 carries, gaining 81 yards, and also leading to two touchdowns.
Once again, the Bucs players came out on top in this area. With O.J. Howard managed the same amount of catches as both DeVonta Smith and Zach Ertz, also matching them for the number of touchdowns scored. However, the two Eagles men did manage to outgain Howard, who managed 49 yards to himself, compared to the duo’s combined 60 yards.
Week Seven of the current NFL season sees The Buccaneers, who are now 5-1 hosting the Chicago Bears.
Whilst the Eagles, who are now 2-4, head out on the road for a trip to Vegas to take on the Raiders (3-2), who are currently on a two-game losing streak, and the team from Philly will be looking to take advantage of that.
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