Anytime you play the defending world champions, you know you’re going to have a game of emotion — the little things will just mean more.

The visiting Eagles won the toss and elected to defer their possession to the second half, which meant the Bucs were going to start on offense first.

That was a mistake.

On the very first play of the game, Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a bomb pass to wide receiver DeSean Jackson for a 75-yard touchdown. That was the longest opening play in Buccaneers’ franchise history.

That got Raymond James Stadium on its feet, but it also got the Buccaneers defense pumped up, as well. On the Eagles first series of the game, they went three-and-out thanks to an energized Bucs defense that was playing at home for the first time this year.

After starting off the game with a bang, there was a lull in offensive production after that. There were a handful of first downs by both the Buccaneers and the Eagles, but the next three drives resulted in punts. On the Eagles third drive of the game, Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander came screaming up the middle of the trenches on an inside blitz which allowed him to sack Foles with so much forced that a fumble was caused and the Buccaneers recovered. But, that momentum didn’t last long, as two plays later, a pass to O.J. Howard was bounced right out of his hands and into the hands of the Eagles defender for an interception.

Following the turnover, both teams had a pair of punts until they were finally able to settle down. On a 13-play, 78-yard drive, the Eagles burned over six minutes of clock time while methodically moving the ball down the field for a 15-yard rushing score by Corey Clement, which tied the game at 7-7.

However, that tie didn’t last long, as the very first play of the Buccaneers’ next drive was another 75-yard touchdown pass, this time to tight end O.J. Howard. A missed point after attempt made the score 13-7.

Following an Eagles, the Buccaneer took the ball 70 yards in six plays for another touchdown, this time capped off with an easy throw to wide receiver Chris Godwin. The Eagles tried their best to get the ball into scoring position as the half came close to a close, but a missed field goal in the end meant the score would remain 20-7 in favor of the Buccaneers going into halftime.

Out of the half, the Eagles had a nice drive going before they were stoned on fourth down at midfield after a gutsy call by head coach Doug Pederson. After taking over with a short field, the Buccaneers drove the ball down 54-yards in seven plays that was capped off with a touchdown toss to Mike Evans, which extended the score to 27-7.

After back-to-back punts, The Eagles took over and finally looked like they had settled in. They drove the ball down the field 84 yards in eight plays, ending in a Jay Ajayi 4-yard touchdown. That made the score 27-14.

The Bucs started driving after the Eagles score, but a fumble after a big catch by Mike Evans gave the ball right back. However, the Eagles couldn’t do much with their ensuring possession, as a another turnover on downs gave the ball right back to Tampa Bay.

A punt by the Buccaneers gave the Eagles a sliver of hope, down two scores on the scoreboard. At the end of an 8-play, 78-yard drive, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw a beautiful pass to Nelson Agholor in the corner of the end zone for a score. That brought the score to 27-21.

Following the game going to a one-score contest, a big throw and catch by Fitzpatrick to Jackson got the Bucs a crucial first down to keep the clock moving, and another first down pass to Mike Evans drained even more clock, but the Eagles held the Buccaneers on that next set of downs to set up a punt.

But the Bucs defense held firm for a 27-21 win.

Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went 27-for-33 for 402 passing yards, four passing touchdowns. DeSean Jackson led the receiving group for the day with 129 receiving yards on four catches and one big touchdown. Tight end O.J. Howard was next on the list with 96 receiving yards on three catches. Chris Godwin and Mike Evans also recorded receiving scores.

On defense, cornerback Ryan Smith led the team in tackles with nine. Kwon Alexander, Jason Pierre-Paul and Gerald McCoy all recorded one sack each, as well.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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Jlog
Jlog
3 years ago

Great game great win!

They need to keep the peddle down one more score, asking too much of the D.

Is that Dallas kicker still looking for a job?

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  Jlog
3 years ago

There will be a bidding war between Cleveland and Minnesota.

David DeLeon
David DeLeon
3 years ago

2-0, 3 sacks. Going in the tuft direction. I’m loving it

seat26
seat26
3 years ago

I am exhausted. What a game. Bucs offense still kicking A s. Defense? not so much. Kicker? uggh.

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  seat26
3 years ago

Fire the fans. Attendance abysmal. Relocate the team to anywhere else.

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  seat26
3 years ago

On 13 Philly possesions, the Bucs stopped the Eagles on downs twice, forced two turnovers, forced five punts including three 3-and-outs plus Philly missed a 42 yard field goal. They gave up 3 touchdowns, two of which came after Mike Evans screw ups.

The Bucs defense was better than the Eagles defense today. The Eagles defense is considered one of the best in the league.

BUC-ASS-BOB
BUC-ASS-BOB
3 years ago

Fitz looked like a superstar 2 games 819 yards 8 TDs
Bucs win against a real good team!!!
This team with a good QB can win games

scubog
scubog
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
3 years ago

Welcome back Bob!

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
3 years ago

This was a total team effort. This offensive line has played outstanding in pass blocking situations. Fitz has been all worldly, get back to him in a second. Kudos to mike smith and his defense. For all the flak licht catches for his first two picks, the others have been outstanding. Whitehead played fantastic and fast. Stewart and David also had good days. Smith was also blitzing a lot and I loved it! McCoy and Paul got pressure and foles was very uncomfortable. Defense played fan well. Now to the offense and I ask this question. I have never seen… Read more »

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  cgmaster27
3 years ago

Unless he has a total meltdown or get’s hurt Winston lost his starting job.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Jlog
3 years ago

Can you not read? That’s exactly what I stated. But if you think Fitz is the future, you’ve never watched a down of his career. Just stop.

seat26
seat26
Reply to  Jlog
3 years ago

I wouldn’t rush to judgment so fast. Actually, I am just happy that we have what appears to be 3 very good QB’s. It is an envious position to be in. I can remember a lot of yrs when we didn’t even have one. And things always seem better when you have an offensive line that can block and lots of receivers who can catch.

David DeLeon
David DeLeon
3 years ago

Lucky we don’t have Carson with the Vikings. 😉

David DeLeon
David DeLeon
3 years ago

Lucky we don’t have Carson with the Vikings. 😉 he went 0-3

Horse
Horse
3 years ago

Great game! I’ll take a 2-0 anytime. The defense was better than last week, but it was still Fitzmagic that made it happen for a win.
We’ve got a good chance to beat the Steelers. Go Bucs!

BucWild02
BucWild02
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

Defense won the day. Mike Evans almost single handedly lost this game for the Bucs.

fredster
fredster
3 years ago

Great game. Would been blowout if not for Evans droppong a big first down that hit him in his chest then fumbling another huge first down trying to do too much. He needs to play smarter. I guessed 31-24 under prediction thread. If not for those two stupid plays I bet we go over 30. Great game anyways. I’d like to say BucAssBob is a retard. JPP was all over making stops against runs and pressuring Foles with a knees brace on. Your an asshat Bob and JPP is best DE on this team. Also “forgotten his name,” but the… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
3 years ago

Give the game ball to the much maligned Ryan Smith. Good play at CB and great on special teams!

thewbacca
thewbacca
3 years ago

Philly shut down the run and dared Fitz to throw. On paper a 1 dimensional offense is a recipe for disaster. In reality, this offense looks unstoppable in the air. Big plays forces the opponent to play aggressive in a risk/reward which put the Eagles in less control. The defense was more balanced much to the relief of fans. They just dominated the Super Bowl champs and may be resurrecting the Greatest Show on Turf. Bring on the Steelers!!!

flashgordon
flashgordon
3 years ago

now the Big game comes – the Steelers. Could be the hardest game this season.

flashgordon
flashgordon
Reply to  flashgordon
3 years ago

Bucs might be able to keep up with the Steelers in another track meet.

plopes808
plopes808
Reply to  flashgordon
3 years ago

Pittsburgh has ZERO secondary…we’ll be fine on offense.

Hopefully we get Grimes back though, it’ll be difficult to keep their receivers bottled up

Charlie
Charlie
3 years ago

Fitzmagik again, we’re gotta give it up to the offensive line for the most part they played well again. Giving him time to throw. Shaun Wilson needs to be our 2nd back in. He makes nice runs whenever given the opportunity, smart player, good hands, can pass pro enough to be on the field. Nice to see the defense play better. We got a few sacks against a very good offensive line. GO BUCS

Jlog
Jlog
3 years ago

OMG Fitz is dressed like rockstar in the press conference, earned. Freaking love it!

drdneast
drdneast
3 years ago

Fredster, Buc-Ass-Bob proves post after post he knows a lot about picking his nose in public but very little about football.

macabee
macabee
3 years ago

Last week I was shocked and amazed. This week I am just impressed. Lots of things to quibble about on both sides of the ball. But none of that from me today. All I have to say is Go Bucs! As in just keep doing whatcha doing.

sunshineben
sunshineben
3 years ago

great qb play! Winston may end up 2nd string with the way Fritz is playing :>))

WinstonMVP
WinstonMVP
3 years ago

What a great game and Win! The Super Bowl Champ Eagles also had 10 Days to prepare for our team and rest, get guys healthy and we still beat them. Our Bucs played well on both sides of the ball. Especially given all the new D pieces and injuries. Very impressive. Our D should get better and we have more players coming back, Grimes, Vea and others We should start to get a little respect because we weren’t getting much after Week 1. Don’t worry who our QB is. That will work out fine. Just Enjoy Winning fellow Buc Fans!… Read more »

WinstonMVP
WinstonMVP
3 years ago

Oh yeah. 2-0 BABY!!! GO BUCS!!!

Horse
Horse
3 years ago

Why is the NFL scheduling a 1 pm game mid September in Tampa? I thought we were supposed to have 4 PM games through September?

pinkstob
pinkstob
3 years ago

I think we have the best QB in the NFL. The Bucs have never had the best QB in the NFL. These are not all easy throws either. All his pass are…well, perfect. Winston will never see the field again this season barring injury. Even Fitz’s INT wasn’t really his fault. When you’re confident your QB isn’t going to turn the ball over, it totally changes the plays you feel confident calling. I can’t remember the last time I felt confident enough to say this but I feel like we can beat any team in the league so long as… Read more »

buddah
buddah
Reply to  pinkstob
3 years ago

Good to have you as an enthusiastic fan. Now don’t forget that Fitz was a Light free agency pickup.

Bucco-Bruce
Bucco-Bruce
3 years ago

Great win but I’m a little concerned about our running game. We will need a more balanced offense if our passing game for some reason comes to a halt in a game. Go Bucs!!

Tunnelvizn
Tunnelvizn
Reply to  Bucco-Bruce
3 years ago

So, was this a matter of Philly gameplanning to shut down the running ? I think that they were stacking the LOS and daring FitzMagic to throw . I guess that they didn’t believe the preseason nor the NO game . Works for me .
BOOM, BOOM !!

plopes808
plopes808
3 years ago

With all the rookies and injuries we have on defense, we will only get better over time. We will get Grimes back in the secondary, and add Vea to the DLine rotation. The offense is already humming like a well oiled machine and will continue to do so barring any freak rash of injuries.

The future is looking very bright for us for the first time since…well, last offseason I guess. At least this time we’re seeing the results on the field and not just on paper!

Gulfstrings
Gulfstrings
3 years ago

Todd Monken is a fearless assassin! Our receiving corps his heavy weapons!

Fitz … the Derringer in his pocket.

Go Bucs!