We all know the good news headed into week five is that everyone's favorite Eagles, Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook, are back and ready to kick some tail. Returning with them against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be several familiar faces: FS Quintin Demps, CB Ellis Hobbs, OG Max Jean-Gilles, RT Winston Justice, and CB Dimitri Patterson. WR Kevin Curtis is listed as questionable while battling a knee injury, meaning that rookie Jeremy Maclin could get another chance to earn a permanent starting position opposite DeSean Jackson. LG Todd Herremans is still out with his foot injury, but is recovering could make it back on the field as soon as next week. All in all, the bye week gave the Eagles a great chance to get the majority of their team healthy and back on the field.
On the other side of the ball, the Bucs look a little worse for wear. After going 0-4 in their first four games, Tampa Bay is limping into week five without their starting center, Jeff Faine, without whom the offensive line has fallen into disarray. This should provide several nice opportunities for Trent Cole and company to put some serious pressure on young QB Josh Johnson. Rookie DE/DT Kyle Moore is also out with a knee injury, and backups RB Earnest Graham and CB Torrie Cox are listed as questionable, depriving the Bucs of some of their depth. Most importantly, though, are the potential losses of starting DE Gaines Adams and last year's leading receiver Antonio Bryant, who are both listed as questionable. In his three games played this season, Bryant has caught 7 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown - the only touchdown thrown by this season. Adams has started all four games and recorded 10 tackles and a single sack.