The Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to play each other this Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. In order to preview the Eagles’ Week 2 game, I reached out to our associates over at Bucs Nation. Gil Arcia took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming contest. Let’s take a look at his answers.
1 - Did the Bucs’ explosive Week 1 performance surprise you? Do you expect them to take a step back or is this team really just that good?
Well here’s the thing. I expected the offense to be much improved. I expected them to sneak out of New Orleans with a win. I did not expect them to blow their defense away in that fashion. But I do expect them to come back down to earth a bit. Especially Ryan Fitzpatrick.
2 - The Bucs seem to be really banged up on the injury front. What’s your level of concern with DeSean Jackson, Vernon Hargreaves, Brent Grimes, Jason Pierre-Paul, and maybe even Vita Vea potentially out for this game? What’s the plan to replace those guys?
Hargreaves is done for the year. Grimes and Vea are still not practicing but Jackson and Pierre-Paul returned to the practice fields. I’m not sure about Jackson’s status due to the concussion protocol, but the chances of Pierre-Paul playing seem to be good.
3 - What is the Bucs’ biggest strength? Where do they have the biggest edge in this game?
Their biggest strength would have to be their offensive line. Considering how well they played last Sunday and in zone blocking, the OL showed they are much improved. If they want to win, they have to dominate up front.
4 - What is the Bucs’ biggest weakness? What concerns you the most about the Eagles?
The Bucs have issues with their depth across the board and concerns throughout the secondary especially with Hargreaves done for the year and of Grimes doesn’t play. With that said, the Buccaneers defense could find themselves in a hole early if they allow the Eagles to beat them with their speed.
5 - Who wins this game and why? Score prediction? And what are your expectations for the rest of this Bucs season?
I have the Bucs going into the bye week at 3-1 with a win this week. As for the score, I’m saying they’ll beat the Eagles 27-23. Their offense will be their best defense.