Week 2 Bucs vs Eagles Instant Reaction
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the defending champions Philadelphia Eagles for Week 2 of the NFL Season. This was the home opener for Tampa Bay. There was a lot of action in the game. Lets get started on this instant reaction.
Ryan Fitzpatrick once again started the game hot with a 75 yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson. The hot “magic” hand did not stop from last week. Fitzpatrick or “FitzMagic” as he is called, went 27 for 33 with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception. Fitzpatrick went for over 400 yards for the second consecutive week. His passer rating of 144.4 was a bit lower than last week but he was still near perfect.
The Eagles were without QB Carson Wentz as he’s still recovering from a torn ACL. That still wouldn’t have stopped the Bucs from winning. The injury resulted in Nick Foles starting. Nick Foles came into this game as a Bucs killer. Remember Wentz first pre-season game, where they played us and we cracked his rib? Foles went 2-0 in his first 2 meetings against Tampa. Foles went 35 for 48 with 1 touchdown. Nick Foles threw for 334 yards and it truly didn’t seem like it. This is how much of an impact the Buccaneers had defending the pass today. Foles ended up with a passer rating of 98.8.
Peyton Barber rushed 16 times for 22 yards. Shawn Wilson rushed 1 time for 9 yards. Jacquizz Rodgers rushed 5 times for 13 yards. As the plays weren’t as balanced as last week, the Bucs did not need to rush this game once again as the passing attack was on fire. The RBs got carries in the 4th quarter when the offense went into conservative mode and it resulted in negative yards and time shed. If the passing attack continues to be hot, the RBs won’t see balance in the offense.
Jay Ajayi got injured in the 1st quarter but came back in the 2nd half. He rushed 7 times for 23 yard and 1 touchdown. Corey Clement got in on the action as well with Darren Sproles out this game. Clement rushed 6 times for 30 yards and 1 touchdown. The Eagles attempted to get the running game going but to no avail. The Buccaneers run defense is stout and only allowed 91 yards rushing total.
DeSean Jackson broke 100 yards once again and it began with a 75 yard touchdown. He came into the game on the injury report with a concussion and shoulder injury but those didn’t slow him down. Jackson ended up with 4 catches for 129 yards. Mike Evans had 10 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown. Evans had a nice catch in the 4th quarter and attempted to get more yards but it resulted in a fumble. OJ Howard had 3 catches for 96 yards and 1 touchdown. OJ bobbled a catch earlier that resulted in that Fitz INT but later scored on a 75 yard touchdown with spectacular downfield blocking by WR Chris Godwin. OJ also had what looked to be a catch that resulted in an interception because he was trying to make a move downfield. Chris Godwin also caught a touchdown and had 5 catches for 56 yards.
The Eagles were without star wideout Alshon Jeffery once again. Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor came to play. Ertz ended up with 11 catches for 94 yards but 0 touchdowns. Agholor had 8 catches for 88 yards and 1 touchdown as he played his first game back home in Tampa. Josh Perkins also contributed with 4 catches for 57 yards. The passing attack only resulted in 7 points.
Tampa Bay’s Offensive Line came to play against arguably a top 5 front 4. The line gave up their first 2 sacks of the season but protected Fitzpatrick well enough for him to throw for 4 touchdowns. The Eagles defense was no match for this line.
The Eagles Offensive Line gave up 3 sacks to the Bucs defense this week. The Eagles line was constantly rushed and it made Foles have to throw the ball faster than he wanted to.
The Buccaneers Defensive Line came to play today. Nick Foles was constantly pressured and even though it’s the 2nd game of the season, the pressure continues to get better. Jason Pierre-Paul was the leading tackler on the line with 5 tackles including 1 sack. Gerald McCoy was right behind him with 3 tackles and a sack.
The Eagles Defensive Line rarely got pressure on Fitzpatrick. The times they did get pressure resulted in 2 sacks. Fletcher Cox was the leading tackler on the line with 5 tackles and a sack. Derek Barnett had 3 tackles.
The Buccaneers Linebackers came to play like always. Lavonte David had 9 tackles and a fumble recovery at the end of the game. Kwon Alexander had 7 tackles with 1 sack which resulted in a fumble. Still without Beckwith, they possibly are the best LB core in the NFL.
The Eagles Linebackers also came to play. Jordan Hicks had 9 tackles including 6 solo tackles. Nigel Bradham followed up with 8 tackles including 3 solo tackles and a sack.
The Buccaneers came into the game with their 2 top CBs injured. The backup CBs came to play. Ryan Smith had 9 tackles including 7 solo tackles and 2 pass deflections. He was very impressive in coverage and as a gunner. Carlton Davis had 6 tackles which were all solo tackles. Davis also recorded his first fumble recovery. He bounced back from being picked on last week against New Orleans. Chris Conte even had a big game with 7 tackles.
The Eagles Defensive Backs came into the game with a game plan. Malcom Jenkins said publicly that the gameplan was to stop DeSean Jackson. This plan did not work and it showed on the first play of the game. Jalen Mills got burned for a 75 yard touchdown. Ronald Darby had 8 tackles and Malcolm Jenkins had 5 tackles.
Brian Anger punted the ball 6 times for 260 yards. The punts would continue to pin Philadelphia deep when their Defense got a stop. Chandler Catanzaro did not attempt a Field Goal today but he went 3 for 4 on extra points. Ryan Smith played great on special teams. The question remains: Is there truly a kicking curse in Tampa Bay?
The Eagles punted the ball 5 times for 280 yards. Cameron Johnston has such a long leg when it comes to these punts. The Bucs starting field position was inside the 20 after his punts. Jake Elliott kicked 1 field goal right before halftime and it hit the upright and fell in front of the goal post which resulted in a miss. Elliott was 3 for 3 on extra points though.
The Buccaneers once again played a game near perfection. The passing attack is continuing to hit on all cylinders. The Defense seems like it is getting in a rhythm. Ryan Fitzpatrick is the first QB in NFL history with 4 touchdowns and 400 passing yards. This goes to show that everything is indeed clicking. The Buccaneers are 2-0 for the first time since 2010. The analysts didn’t see this coming and they continue to be shocked. The Buccaneers will face the Pittsburgh Steelers next Monday on Monday Night Football. Tony Dungy will be inducted into the Ring of Honor. Can they continue to shock the world?
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