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FanPulse: Eagles fans feel very confident heading into Buccaneers game

Looking at the poll results.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Eagles fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

How confident are you in the direction of the team?

Last week: 97 percent confidence

The reigning Super Bowl champions are 1-0. They won ugly, sure, but that was a really important win. Having that tie-breaker over the Falcons could prove to be pretty useful come playoff seeding time.

It’s also hard not to feel good when there’s increasing evidence that Carson Wentz could be returning to the field in Week 3.

Will the Eagles win or lose in Week 2?

Odds: Eagles are 3-point favorites

Bleeding Green Nation FanPulse: Eagles by 9

Bucs Nation FanPulse: Bucs by 3

I’m not surprised to see that Bucs fans are feeling good after drubbing the Saints on Sunday. I am a little surprised that the Eagles are favored so much by their own fans. I do think the Eagles will win, but I think it could still be a one-possession game.

Are you confident in Nick Foles as the Eagles starting QB?

Yes: 58 percent

No: 42 percent

Interesting. There’s some level of uneasiness here.

It’s not totally unfounded. The reigning Super Bowl MVP wasn’t stellar against the Falcons. He finished Week 1 with a passer rating of just 50.7.

With that said, I think Foles could be primed to bounce back at a stadium where he’s played well before. In two games against the Buccaneers, Foles has completed 65.9% of his attempts for 677 yards (8.3 average), five touchdowns, zero interceptions, and a 111.7 passer rating. He’s also rushed six times for 29 yards and two scores (Nick Vick). I think Foles will have opportunities against a banged up Bucs defense that surrendered 40 points to New Orleans.

In addition to this FanPulse survey on Foles, I also made a separate BGN poll to gauge fan confidence in him. Check it out below.

Other than QB, what is most valuable to an NFL offense?

After watching the Eagles win their first Super Bowl largely thanks to building through the trenches, I’m more inclined than ever to say left tackle is the most valuable non-QB offensive position. I can’t say wide receiver after watching the Giants, who continue to have offensive line issues, fail to succeed despite having Odell Beckham Jr. Running back just isn’t the answer in today’s passing league. Having an elite tight end is certainly great, but I don’t think it’s absolutely imperative. Give me the guy who protects the quarterback from getting hit and gives him time to make plays.

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