It was back and forth for a majority of the game but the Eagles were able to pull out a hard fought win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Eagles fans were intrigued to see what Nick Foles was going to be able to do with this offense. Foles was 22-of-31 for 296 yards passing, 3 passing touch downs and one rushing. The Eagles got contributions from both of their top weapons on offense in McCoy and Jackson as well as a break out game from Riley Cooper.
McCoy started the game off with a 44 yard reception on a screen pass which would later set up a 4 yards rushing touch down by Nick Foles on a QB draw. Tampa would add a FG and from there both teams would exchange touchdowns. With a 21-17 lead the Buccaneers added a FG to make it a one point game. Just a minute and 11 seconds later Foles would find DeSean Jackson in the end zone for a 36 yard touchdown. From then on the Eagles were able to run at will to run clock and add a FG which made Tampa burn all their timeouts and left them with no time to make a comeback.
Coming into this game everybody knew of the struggles that the Buccaneers were having on offense. Although it wasn’t a shut down performance by the unit they were able to do enough. they held Doug Martin to 67 yards on 16 carries with a couple of long runs but for the most part bottled him up. Bradley Fletcher had a really nice game except on a slant pass in which he was playing of the receiver and gave up a TD. Fletch finished with 3 pass deflections and an interception to start the second half. You can definitely tell that this defense is coming along but you still are able to notice the lack of talent.
Up next are the Cowboys. I think Vick offers the better match up here because of the Cowboys defensive coordinators track record against the threat of a read option. However the Cowboys have struggled up the middle on defense with the absence of Jay Ratlif so running the inside zones and traps may be effective enough for Foles to start but If Vick is healthy then expect Vick to start.