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TNF Review – Eagles Struggle On Offenses As Buccaneers Take The Win

In the end, it took a taunting call, and a subsequent 15-yard penalty, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to quell a late revival by the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that the Bucs had totally dominated for the first three quarters.

Despite showing some signs of discomfort from a thumb injury, Bucs legendary quarterback Tom Brady had another outstanding night, throwing for two touchdowns and picking apart the Eagles defense to lead his team to a 28-22 victory.

The win leaves the Bucs 5-1 in the NFC South, a division that they are now taking full control over.

The Eagles slip to 2-4 after a defeat that could be hung on some poor offensive play and play calling for the majority of the night.

Eagles Bright Start A False Dawn

The game began in explosive fashion with a touchdown resulting from the first three drives of the game in a lightning start to the first quarter.

The Bucs received the ball and Tom Brady and Leonard Fournette were the architects in chief as they drove the ball 75 yards with Brady finding O.J.Howard to score the opening touchdown of the game.

The Eagles though bounced back, though it was a 45-yard pass interference penalty on Jamel Dean that was the key play, giving the Eagles the ball at the Bucs five, where Hurts found tight end Zach Ertz for a five-yard touchdown.

The Eagles weren’t level for long though as on their next drive, Brady and Fournette combined once again to set up an Antonio Brown touchdown for 23-yards to put the Bucs up 14-7.

It was a lead that they would not come close to losing until very late in the game.

Eagles Offensive Struggles Hurts Team

From that point on until midway through the third quarter, the Eagles struggled hugely on offense, with quarterback Jalen Hurts having a poor night in terms of passing.

On their next six possessions, the Eagles offense managed to move the ball 7, 5, 15, 5, 6 and 4 yards in total and on the longest of those possessions, Hurts threw an interception.

After that interception, Leonard Fournette ran the ball into the end zone in the second quarter to put the Bucs up 21-7 at the half.

When Fournette added his second rushing touchdown early in the third quarter, this looked like being a blowout win for Tampa Bay and it seemed to be a question of just how many they would score, after racking up 45 points against Miami at the weekend.

The Eagles struggles on offense were exacerbated by some questionable play calling, which didn’t give Hurts any realistic chance to show what he could do in the face of a fierce pass rush from the Bucs.

However, somehow, the Eagles managed to get themselves back into the game.

Eagles Revival Ended By Taunting Call

Despite showing almost nothing on offense, the Eagles once again benefitted from a big pass interference call on Jalen Reagor, this time by Mike Edwards. That 50 yard penalty allowed running back Miles Sanders and QB Hurts to use their feet to move the ball with Hurts capping the drive with another rushing touchdown.

The Eagles then forced the Bucs to a rare 3-and-out on their next possession but then stuttered on their next possession, despite hitting their two best passes of the night, a 46-yard-field goal attempt went wide right.

However, after forcing a turnover on downs, the Eagles got the ball back in the fourth quarter and Miles Sanders played a key role in driving the ball downfield for Jalen Hurts to cap the drive with another 2 yard touchdown. The second game in a row he has scored two rushing touchdowns.

The Eagles then rolled the dice and completed a two-point conversion to make the score 28-22.

However, the Bucs were able to see out the remaining time in the quarter and end the Eagles fightback when after stopping Fournette for 2 yards on the first down, Gerald Avery was somewhat harshly penalised for taunting, giving the Bucs a 15-yard penalty and a first down.

Brady used all his experience to then see out the clock and hand the Bucs their fifth win of what has been a super impressive campaign so far.

However, one black spot from the night for the Bucs was a hamstring injury to Richard Sherman who was ruled out of the game early and will likely miss several weeks as a result.

Playcalling Didn’t Help Eagles

It was abundantly clear that Jalen Hurts and the Eagles offense struggled in the middle of the game and put up some frankly, astonishingly poor numbers.

However, while the quarterback was off with a number of throws, he was being pressured all night and the calls made on the field didn’t allow him to find the Bucs weaknesses on defense.

By the time the Eagles had worked out it was Sanders and Hurts feet that could do the damage, it was too little too late.

Whether Hurts is the long term answer in Philly remains unclear, however the Eagles are not as bad a team as their 2-4 record suggests.

And as for Brady and the Bucs, they are every bit as good as you would expect them to be.

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