WHAT HAPPENED IN TAMPA BAY’S 31-20 LOSS vs. PHILADELPHIA
Last year, Philadelphia’s backup quarterback Nick Foles rushed for a touchdown and passed for 381 yards and a pair of TDs to bring the Eagles back from a 21-10 deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Buccaneers, 23-21.
With starter Michael Vick out with a hamstring injury on Sunday, Foles foiled the Bucs again, throwing for 296 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for another in a 31-20 victory that gave the 3-3 Eagles a share of first place in the NFC East and send the Buccaneers to 0-5.
In Philadelphia’s high-tempo fashion, the Eagles scored quickly and raced out to a 7-0 lead after a 44-yard screen pass to running back LeSean McCoy, who also rushed for 116 yards on 25 carries (4.6 avg.), before Foles’ quarterback draw capped off the drive.
Foles was 22-of-31 passing for 296 yards with wide receiver DeSean Jackson catching six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter. Wide receiver Riley Cooper beat Johnthan Banks, who was cleared to play despite allegations of the rookie cornerback having MRSA, for four catches for 120 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown.
“I don’t think the tempo was really the issue,” Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said. “We just gave up four explosive plays; we haven’t done that. Balls haven’t gone over our head in the first four games and they did today. This is a good offense, obviously – they’re going to get their yards – but if you can avoid giving up those explosive plays, especially the two touchdown passes over our head. What we’ve been able to do is make people go the long, hard way by playing sound and solid. Today, we had a couple go over our head and it kind of changed the whole complexion.
Bucs rookie quarterback Mike Glennon completed 26-of-43 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in his second NFL start. With Mike Williams’ hamstring injury preventing him from playing against the Eagles, Vincent Jackson stepped up with nine catches for 114 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season. Rookie tight end Tim Wright also made a splash for Tampa Bay, catching a career-high seven passes for 114 yards.
“The whole team flat played their butts off,” Bucs left tackle Donald Penn said. “We keep falling short. We aren’t catching any breaks. I’m just stuck to tell you the truth. I’m really stuck.”
But in the end, the Bucs offense, which hasn’t scored more than 23 points in the past 11 games, was not powerful enough to keep up with the Eagles’ fast-paced attack under new head coach Chip Kelly. The Bucs led 17-14 at the half, but were outscored 17-3 in the second half as the Eagles pulled away.
“We’re a competitive franchise that’s been on the short end of the stick too many times here, so we need to get on the right end of the stick," Schiano said after the game. "We’ve got to play our way and coach our way out of it one day at a time, one meeting at a time, one practice at a time, one walkthrough at a time. That’s how you do it. There’s no magical answer. You get better by doing all he things that football teams do and coaches do. You stand to your convictions without being stubborn and you move forward. We’ve got a good group of people in that locker room, and coaches, and they’re going to stick together, and we’re going to get it turned.”
Not only is Tampa Bay 0-5 this season, the franchise is now 1-10 in its last 11 games dating back to last year under Schiano, whose job security is in serious question.
Next Sunday, the Bucs will take their search for their first win of the season to Atlanta to the scene of their last win, which was the season finale of the 2012 campaign, to play against the Falcons, who have a disappointing 1-4 record.HOW DID THE TEAMS SCORE? – BUCS vs. EAGLES SCORING SERIES
First Quarter – Eagles 7, Buccaneers 0
Philadelphia took the opening kickoff and marched 85 yards in eight plays and 3:47 to take a 7-0 lead. Running back LeSean McCoy caught a 44-yard screen pass to advance the ball past midfield. Nick Foles also completed passes of 12 yards to Riley Cooper and eight yards to DeSean Jackson to put the Eagles in scoring position at the Tampa Bay 4. A 4-yard QB draw by Foles gave the Eagles an early lead.First Quarter – Eagles 7, Buccaneers 3
The Bucs took over at the Eagles 40-yard line after cornerback Darrelle Revis recovered a fumble by McCoy. On third-and-7, Mike Glennon completed an 8-yard pass to tight end Tim Wright for the first down. After a 10-yard pass to Vincent Jackson down to the Tampa Bay 21, the Bucs’ drive stalled at the 20. Rian Lindell’s 38-yard field goal was good to cut into Philadelphia’s lead.Second Quarter – Buccaneers 10, Eagles 7
A 40-yard punt return by Eric Page gave the Bucs great field position at the Eagles’ 39-yard line. A 5-yard run by Doug Martin preceded a 10-yard pass to Jeff Demps. Two plays later, Glennon hit Jackson with a 24-yard touchdown pass to give Tampa Bay a 10-7 lead early in the second quarter.Second Quarter – Eagles 14, Buccaneers 10
An 11-yard screen pass to McCoy moved the ball into Tampa Bay territory before a 10-yard screen pass to tight end Brent Celek moved the ball to the Bucs’ 31. Two short passes from Foles and an 8-yard run by McCoy advanced the ball to the Tampa Bay 14. Two plays later, Foles found Jackson, who had beaten Revis, with a 12-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone to give Philadelphia a 14-10 lead.Second Quarter – Buccaneers 17, Eagles 14
Glennon hit Chris Owusu for a gain of eight yards, followed by a 10-yard pass to Martin. Glennon then scrambled for 20 yards on two carries to advance the ball to the Philadelphia 39. After a 14-yard pass to Owusu and a 24-yard run by Martin down to the Philadelphia 1, Glennon threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jackson to give Tampa Bay a 17-14 lead just before halftime.Third Quarter – Eagles 21, Buccaneers 17
After Glennon was intercepted on Tampa Bay’s first possession of the second half, the Eagles regained the lead. After a 7-yard pass to Avant, McCoy picked up a first down with a four-yard run on third-and-2 at the Philadelphia 46. Two plays later, Foles threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper, who beat cornerback Johnthan Banks for the score.Fourth Quarter – Eagles 21, Buccaneers 20
Jackson caught a 12-yard pass, and Wright hauled in a 10-yard strike to move the ball out to the Tampa Bay 25. Jackson then caught a 24-yard pass to the 50-yard line. Wright then had a 16-yard gain before a 16-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Roc Carmichael gave Tampa Bay a first down at the Philadelphia 8-yard line.Fourth Quarter – Eagles 28, Buccaneers 20
The Eagles traveled 80 yards in 1:34 seconds to increase their lead to 28-20. Foles hit Cooper, who beat Banks in coverage, with 44-yard pass to the Tampa Bay 36. On the next play, Foles hit Jackson for a 36-yard touchdown between safeties Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron.Fourth Quarter – Eagles 31, Buccaneers 20
Philadelphia chewed nearly six minutes off the clock in the final quarter after taking over possession at the Eagles’ 45-yard line. McCoy netted 35 yards on 10 carries, while Bryce Brown picked up nine yards on one carry prior to Alex Henery’s 24-yard field goal. The big play on the drive was an offside penalty by Tampa Bay on fourth-and-1 at the Bucs’ 17-yard line that gave Philadelphia a first down.WHAT WAS NOTABLE ABOUT SUNDAY’S GAME FOR THE BUCS?
Ted Larsen got the start at left guard for Carl Nicks. … Despite reports that he is the third member of the Buccaneers who has contracted MRSA, cornerback Johnthan Banks was cleared to play for Tampa Bay on Sunday. … Bucs weakside linebacker Lavonte David recorded his fourth sack of the season, which is a new career high and leads the team. … Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis recorded his first fumble recovery as a Buccaneer, and forced his second fumble of the season. … Bucs tight end Tim Wright caught a career-high seven passes for 91 yards on Sunday. … Tampa Bay wide receiver Vincent Jackson caught his first two touchdowns of the 2013 season on Sunday, finishing with nine catches for 114 yards. … Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon threw for a career-high 273 yards with 26 completions, 43 attempts and two touchdowns, which were all personal bests. … Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David was tied for the team lead in tackles with Dashon Goldson with nine, in addition to recording his fourth sack of the year, which leads the Buccaneers.WHICH BUCCANEERS WERE INACTIVE?
The following Bucs were inactive against the Eagles: WR Mike Williams, CB Michael Adams, CB Rashaan Melvin, G Patrick Omameh, DE Trevor Scott, G Carl Nicks and DE William Gholston.
The following Eagles were inactive against the Bucs: CB Shaun Porter, CB Jordan Poyer, OT Matt Tobin, OT Dennis Kelly, DE Damion Square, TE Emil Igwenagu and TE James Casey.WHICH BUCS GOT HURT?
• Tampa Bay running back Jeff Demps injured his groin in the third quarter and did not return.
• Bucs middle linebacker Mason Foster was shaken up while making a tackle in the fourth quarter, but returned to action.
• Bucs center Jeremy Zuttah took a cleat to the head late in Sunday's game but told PewterReport.com after the game that he is fine.WHAT WILL UPSET GREG SCHIANO WHEN HE WATCHES THE FILM?
• Tampa Bay has struggled with penalties this year and Sunday’s game against Philadelphia was one of the worst of the season for the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay had eight penalties for 72 yards.
• Bucs cornerbacks Johnthan Banks and Darrelle Revis each gave up touchdowns in the end zone against the Eagles. Tampa Bay’s pass defense surrendered 296 yards and three touchdowns to Philadelphia backup quarterback Nick Foles.
• In the fourth quarter on fourth-and-1 at the Tampa Bay 17, the Bucs lined up in the neutral zone and were flagged for being offside. That negated a 6-yard sack by free safety Dashon Goldson that would have given the ball back to the Buccaneers, who were trailing by eight with 2:58 left in the game. Instead, the Eagles’ drive continued and they kicked a field goal four plays later to build an 11-point lead with 2:38 left in regulation.WHAT’S UP NEXT FOR THE BUCS?
Tampa Bay (0-5) travels to Atlanta to play the Falcons (1-4). Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET and the game will be televised locally on Fox.
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