Tampa Bay vs Philadelphia: Match-ups to Watch
Coming off a very impressive week one victory over the New Orleans Saints, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the defending Super Bowl Champs in the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles had extra time to rest up for this weeks game as they took on the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football last week. While the defense looked impressive, the Nick Foles offense did not, which was quite the opposite for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they put up 48 points last week.
Let’s get into some key match-ups for this week two showdown.
1. Tampa Bay’s Offensive Line vs Philadelphia’s Defensive Line
This is the most important match-up for week two. If the offensive line can keep Ryan Fitzpatrick clean and open up a few holes for the running game, Tampa will put up points on anyone. Last week the Bucs showed some nastiness up front that we haven’t seen in some time. They looked the best they’ve looked since the Donald Penn-Davin Joseph days.
With that being said, the Eagles bring in one of the NFL’s most elite defensive line with names like Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, and Michael Bennett. Those type of guys will cause quarterbacks’ blood pressure to raise dramatically. Not only do they have star power on the defensive line, they are also very deep.
If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can slow down this defensive line, then we may be in for another offensive show.
2. The Bucs’ Young Corners vs The Eagles Wide Receivers and Nick Foles
This typically wouldn’t be a key match-up in this particular match-up, but with the injuries to Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes, the Eagles are likely to test our young corners early and often. Lucky for the Bucs, top receiver Alston Jeffery is out this week.
Expect to see the Bucs use multiple players at the corner spots including Carlton Davis, Ryan Smith, Javian Elliot, M.J. Stewart, and newly acquired Marcus Williams. While this is not included in my key match-up, if the Bucs can get some pressure on Nick Foles , it would help the secondary, including the young corners, tremendously.
Last week the only wide out used the most for Philadelphia, was Nelson Agholor. Agholor had eight receptions for 33 yards. If the Bucs can hold the Eagles top man, with Jeffery out, we should expect a positive outcome for our Bucs this week.
Like Rocky Balboa said, “It Ain’t How Hard You Hit…It’s How Hard You Can Get Hit and Keep Moving Forward. It’s About How Much You Can Take And Keep Moving Forward”. If the Bucs can follow that and repeat a similar offensive production, you can bet that we will “Fire the Cannons” many times this week while handing the defending Super Bowl Champs their first loss of the new campaign.