The Philadelphia Eagles were defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Final score: 27 to 21.
The Eagles are now 1-1 on the 2018 NFL season. Philly fought back after getting down 27-7 but their comeback effort ultimately fell short.
Ugly one. Lots of things to clean up after this one. Read on for a recap of the game, if you dare.
Eagles 13th drive: Clement slips on the punt return. The Eagles take over at their own 10-yard line with 19 seconds left and no timeouts. Foles completes a pass to Perkins for a first down. Eagles at their own 21-yard line with three seconds left. One last desperation play. Nothing going. The reigning Super Bowl champs lose.
Bucs 12th drive: Bucs take over at their own 15-yard line after an intentionally short kickoff. Smart. Cox and the rest of the Eagles defensive line swarm to get a tackle for loss. Eagles call their first timeout with 2:36 remaining and the Bucs set up at 2nd-and-13. Fitzpatrick completes a ball to Jackson with Mills getting beat. Thankfully Jackson steps out of bounds to stop the clock for no apparent reason. Brandon Graham bites on a hard count to set up 2nd-and-3. Barber is tackled for no gain and the Eagles take their final timeout with 2:13 remaining. NEED A STOP HERE ON THIRD DOWN. Fitzpatrick completes a pass to Evans for a first down. Evans facemasked Mills but no call. Instead, Mills gets penalized for holding. Bullshit. Bucs run the clock down to 28 seconds before taking their final timeout on fourth down.
Eagles 12th drive: Ertz draws a DPI penalty. Foles completes a pass to Aiken for another first. Foles rolls out and lofts a pass to Perkins, who actually manages to catch the ball! Eagles at the 20-yard line now. Another catch by Perkins put the Eagles in goal-to-go territory. Eagles get to 4th-and-goal after Ajayi fails to punch it in twice. Foles throws an absolute DIME to Agholor in the back right corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Super Bowl MVP coming up super clutch there. Also great job by Nelly with the toe tap for the TD. Elliott drills the PAT and it’s a six-point game! Bucs lead, 27-21.
Bucs 11th drive: Darby comes up with a good open field tackle (!) on third down to force the Bucs into a three-and-out.
Eagles 11th drive: Foles to Ertz over the middle for a first down. Eagles get to 3rd-and-2 and a toss to Smallwood moves the chains. Ball at the Bucs’ 35-yard line. Tampa Bay sniffs out a run and then a screen to set up 3rd-and-10. Foles tosses up a jump ball to Gibson but it’s incomplete. Eagles go for it on fourth down ... Foles sends up a prayer to a diving Clement but a diving Bucs defender breaks up the pass. Clement and Agholor end up getting hurt on the play. Of course. Sounds like Foles missed an easy touchdown on the play.
Foles had Ertz WIDE OPEN on a corner route. TD if he goes there. No idea how how he missed him.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) September 16, 2018
Bucs 10th drive: Michael Bennett makes a tackle for loss to bring up 3rd-and-4. The Bucs convert an easy first down through the air anyway. And then Darby gets beat again ... but Malcolm Jenkins punches the ball out from Evans’ grasp and Jordan Hicks recovers! We have a game here, folks.
Eagles 10th drive: Foles to Clement for a 19-yard gain on a screen. Agholor outruns rookie M.J. Stewart on a catch-and-run to move the Eagles into the red zone. Lots of YAC there. Ertz almost makes a nice one-handed grab but can’t haul it in. Jason Kelce direct snaps to Agholor in motion and he’s stopped short of the marker to set up 4th-and-1. Eagles sneak it with Foles and to set up 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line. Foles completes it to Ertz for a 2-yard gain. Then Ajayi punches it in to the end zone for a touchdown. Bucs lead, 27-14.
Bucs 9th drive: Uneventful drive leads to a Bucs punt.
Eagles 9th drive: Foles sacked. On 3rd-and-17, Foles throws #ShortOfTheSticks to Aiken. Punt.
Bucs 8th drive: Tampa Bay drives into the red zone yet again, in part thanks to a nice sideline reception from Jackson. Fitzpatrick hits Evans after the wide receiver shakes free from Mills. Touchdown Bucs. That might be game. Bucs lead, 27-7.
Eagles 8th drive: Well, at least the Eagles get the ball to start the second half. Ajayi back in and his first carry goes for 20 yards. Foles throw to Perkins, who drops his second pass of the game. The Eagles are really going to this guy over Goedert and, surprise, it’s not working well! Foles hits Ertz on third down to set up 4th-and-4. Doug goes for it. The pass is short of the sticks and Ertz’s knee is ruled down before he was able to stretch the ball beyond the marker. Turnover on downs. UGH. I like the aggressive call from Pederson but that’s a frustrating result. Ertz has to get that first down.
Eagles 7th drive: Philly takes over with 42 seconds left. Foles makes a nice throw to Ertz along the sideline to get to the Bucs’ 39-yard line. Clement gets tackled for a five-yard loss on a screen play. Foles goes back to Clement to move the Eagles to 29-yard line with 12 seconds left as the Eagles take their final timeout. Foles take a shot into the end zone but it’s way overthrown. Eagles settle for a 41-yard field goal attempt. Elliott’s kick doinks off the upright and it’s no good because of course.
Bucs 7th drive: Fitzpatrick leads the Bucs down the field into the red zone with ease as Philly’s pass rush dries up. Fitzpatrick throws a touchdown to a WIDE open Chris Godwin in the end zone. Way too easy. This sucks! Bucs lead, 20-7.
Eagles 6th drive: No gain for Smallwood on first down. Aiken catches a pass for a loss on second down. The Eagles run a draw with Smallwood on 3rd-and-11 and it doesn’t move the chains. Surprising. Eagles have to punt. Kamu Grugier-Hill tackles Jackson on the return.
Bucs 6th drive: Bucs take over with 4:51 remaining in the first half. Bucs have to burn a timeout with the play-clock running out. O.J. Howard beats Jordan Hicks in coverage and then Ronald Darby whiffs BADLY on an open field tackle attempt. Howard runs the length of the field for a touchdown as the defense fails to catch him from behind. This is really frustrating. At least the Bucs found a way to miss the extra point. Bucs lead, 13-7.
Eagles 5th drive: Foles targets Ertz for a first down. He goes back to that well and Ertz draws a pass interference penalty. Now Foles completes an eight-yard pass to Joshua Perkins. OK, why is he getting snaps over Dallas Goedert? 3rd-and-7 and Foles avoids pressure to complete a pass to Agholor along the sideline. Nice play by No. 9. Foles is really taking some big shots by Bucs defenders after these throws. Eagles move into field goal range. Perkins drops a wide open pass. Pretty frustrating to see him getting targeted ahead of Goedert. Foles completes a third down pass to Agholor to bring up 4th-and-1. To no surprise, Dougie P decides to go for it. Foles sneaks it forward for a first down from the 15-yard line. Clement takes a handoff on second down, runs off tackle, and the o-line blocks it up perfectly for him to get into the end zone. Boom! Eagles touchdown. Tie game, 7-7.
Bucs 5th drive: Eagles get a break with Mike Evans dropping a wide open pass that would’ve been good for a first down. Cox tackles Jacquizz Rodgers for a loss. Fitzpatrick’s third down pass is high and incomplete. The defense has really settled in since the opening play.
Eagles 4th drive (continued): 3rd-and-8 and Foles airs it out along the sideline for Shelton Gibson. It’s incomplete. Another punt.
Eagles 4th drive: Foles is sacked by Jason Pierre-Paul after holding the ball for eternity. Big V got man-handled in pass pro. End of first quarter.
Bucs 4th drive: Derek Barnett explodes into the backfield to tackle Peyton Barber for a loss. Fitzpatrick hits a wide open O.J. Howard over the middle but the tight end loses control of the ball as he’s being hit by Rodney McLeod. The ball bounces into the air for a Ronald Darby interception! What a wacky start to this game.
Eagles 3rd drive: Halapoulivaati Vaitai in the game at left tackle with Peters banged up. Wendell Smallwood runs for a four-yard gain on first down. Clement runs to set up 3rd-and-4. Foles shows off his mobility by running for the first down and taking a shot as he does it. Smallwood runs for an eight-yard gain. Foles gets hit as he’s thrown and it’s ruled a fumble, not an incomplete pass. Bucs recover. THINGS AREN’T GOING SO GREAT!
Bucs 3rd drive: Bucs can’t get much going before having to punt. Defense doing a good job of generating pressure on Fitzpatrick.
Eagles 2nd drive: Clement has a quality punt return that gets called back due to a block in the back. Meanwhile, Ajayi is ruled questionable to return with a back injury. On first down, Foles hits Nelson Agholor for a big chunk gain after play action. Nice play call by Doug Pederson there. Then Foles hits Clement on a screen for another first down. Clement runs for a first down but it’s called back due to a crack-back block by Agholor. Mike Wallace gets involved with a good gain on a screen play but it’s called back due to a penalty and he’s hurt. Oh, and Jason Peters is limping off the field as well. WTF is going on. Eagles facing 1st-and-30 (lol) from their own 24-yard line and Foles is almost picked but it’s dropped. Foles completes a pass but then Lane Johnson is called for tripping. Now it’s 2nd-and-40! Clement is tackled for a loss. Now it’s 3rd-and-41. Foles checks down on third down to bring up fourth down. Rookie corner Avonte Maddox makes a nice special teams tackle to allow no return. Another nice punt by Johnston as well.
Bucs 2nd drive: A good 63-yard punt from Cameron Johnston puts the Bucs at their own 7-yard line this time. The Bucs pick up a first down but then Fletcher Cox shoves Caleb Benenoch aside and sacks Fitzpatrick to bring up 3rd-and-17. The Bucs run a screen play short of the sticks before having to punt. Good response by Jim Schwartz’s unit.
Eagles 1st drive: Nick Foles completes his first pass to Kamar Aiken. You just gotta get it to that guy early on. Jay Ajayi gets tackled for a loss on second down. Then Foles checks down to Aiken short of the sticks on third down. Eagles have to punt. Oh, and Ajayi is banged up. Really fun. Eagles down to Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood at running back with Darren Sproles already out.
Bucs 1st drive: Jake Elliott’s opening kickoff goes through the end zone to set the Bucs up at their own 25-yard line. First play of the game ... Ryan Fitzpatrick airs it out deep to DeSean Jackson for a 75-yard touchdown. DJacc just ran by Jalen Mills in coverage. WELP. That’s not a good start! How did the Eagles not expect that to happen? Buccaneers lead, 7-0.
Coin toss: Eagles win the opening coin toss and defer. Bucs offense up first.
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The Philadelphia Eagles are back in action this Sunday after last playing 10 days ago in the 2018 NFL season kickoff game.
The reigning Super Bowl champions got off to a good start by holding on to defeat the Atlanta Falcons. Now the Eagles will face another NFC South opponent in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bucs are coming off a big 48-40 win over the Saints in New Orleans. Talk about an unexpected result. Tampa Bay looked more explosive than ever with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken calling the plays. Ryan Fitzpatrick looked nothing like the journeyman quarterback he’s been throughout his career.
Philadelphia could use another strong effort from their defense this week. It’ll be a tough challenge for them given the big play ability of Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson (if he plays). It’d also be nice to see the Eagles get a bounce back game from Nick Foles, who struggled against Atlanta. The reigning Super Bowl MVP has always played well against the Bucs in the past so the hope is he can keep that going.
Getting to 2-0 would be pretty nice for the Eagles considering Carson Wentz’s return might be coming soon. Philadelphia needs to bank some of these winnable games before they go on to play even tougher opponents.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch tonight’s game.
Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Tiki Barber
Location: Raymond James Stadium | Tampa Bay, Florida
NFL Network replay: TBA
Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | Full listings here
Per Bovada, the Eagles are road favorites.
Philadelphia Eagles -3.5 (-110)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3.5 (-110)
The Eagles are 8-6 in 14 all-time regular season appearances and 2-2 in four all-time playoff appearances against the Falcons. These two teams last played back in 2015 when the Bucs blew out a lifeless Chip Kelly-led Eagles team, 45-17.
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Eagles 2018 Regular Season Schedule
Week 1 - vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sept. 6, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) NFL Kickoff Game
Week 2 - at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sept. 16, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 - vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 - at Tennessee Titans (Sept. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 5 - vs. Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 7, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 - at New York Giants (Oct. 11, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN) Thursday Night Football
Week 7 - vs. Carolina Panthers (Oct 21, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 8 - at Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 28, 9:30 AM ET, NFLN) London Game
Week 9 - BYE (Nov. 4)
Week 10 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 11, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 11 - at New Orleans Saints (Nov. 18, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 12 - vs. New York Giants (Nov. 25, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 13 - vs. Washington Redskins (Dec. 3, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football
Week 14 - at Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 9, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 16, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 16 - vs. Houston Texans (Dec. 23, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 17 - at Washington Redskins (Dec. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)