Today the Buccaneers defeated the defending Super Bowl Champ Eagles 27-21 in Tampa Bay. Ryan Fitzpatrick continues his hot streak, going 27/33 for 402 yards, 4 TDs and an interception. He has been red hot, also throwing for 400 yards and 4 TDs last week. This is extremely impressive considering he put up these numbers against a solid Saint’s defense and a great Eagle’s defense.
The Bucs offense was clicking on all cylinders, but the Eagle’s corners (especially Jalen Mills) looked flat out bad. On the opening play, 31 year-old DeSean Jackson pulled out his inner Allen Iverson and absolutely destroyed Jalen Mills’ ankles before running it into the end-zone. This play would set the tone for the day, as the Eagles secondary would continue to look utterly lost for the rest of the first half. In the second they put their foot down, only allowing one more touchdown for the rest of the game. The Eagle’s offense was clicking in a big way in the second half, despite missing several key players. If the game had lasted a minute longer, perhaps we would’ve seen a different result. Zac Ertz finished the game had 94 receiving yards and Nelson Agholor had 88 and a TD.
Yes, the Eagles lost. A tragedy. Is it time to jump ship? Are they done? Should we blow the whole thing up?
Despite what many disgruntled Eagles fans may say, I don’t think you should be doing anything like that. The secondary had a very bad game and that is why we lost, but it’s important to note that with a little bit more help on offense, the Eagles would have won that game even with the horrific play of the secondary. Jay Ajayi missed a lot of the first half. Mike Wallace didn’t play. Hall of Fame tackle Jason Peters left the game. Some guy named Joshua Perkins caught 4 passes for 57 yards. This is an offense that wasn’t just missing a key player or 2. The Eagles were basically playing their second string offense, aside from Ertz and Agholor, and they STILL looked pretty good. I’d go as far as to say Foles had a great game after a horrific performance in week 1. With just Jay Ajayi for the whole game I’d say the Eagles win that game. With Mike Wallace in the Eagles win that game. With Alshon Jeffery and Carson Wentz? That’s a blowout.
So yes, the Eagles lost. Yes, the secondary had an awful game. But considering the shape our offense was in, it isn’t anything to lose sleep over.