And I don’t think the reigning Super Bowl MVP is about to go out with a whimper.
The feeling here is that we’re going to see Good Foles against the Buccaneers. This Tampa Bay defense — the one that allowed 40 points last week — is certainly vulnerable. The Buccaneers will be without both of their starting cornerbacks (Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes) against the Eagles. In their place we’ll see rookie Carlton Davis and third-year player Ryan Smith. Both of those players can be had.
This game presents a nice opportunity for Eagles wide receivers to come to life after only combining for a mere 43 yards in Week 1. Nelson Agholor should be able to create more YAC than he did last week. Mike Wallace is going to get some opportunities down the field. Having the extra time to prepare will hopefully help with him and Foles getting on the same page.
The Eagles’ challenge won’t be putting up points against the Bucs. It’ll be preventing Tampa Bay from doing the same. DeSean Jackson is set to play in this game despite initial concern he might not be able to suit up. He’s obviously going to test the Eagles deep down the field. Mike Evans is also certainly capable of making big plays.
We know that Ryan Fitzpatrick is not going to be afraid to take shots down the field. The Eagles can best neutralize the Bucs’ passing attack by making his life difficult. Philadelphia has the defensive line talent to beat Tampa’s offensive line and get pressure on him. It would be surprising if they can’t force Fitzpatrick into some sacks and/or bad throws.
After getting an ugly win in Week 1, the Eagles should know they need to play much better this week against a Tampa team that upset the Saints last Sunday. Philadelphia will be hungry to move to 2-0. I feel good about their chances today.
Score prediction: 33-25, Eagles win.
Bold prediction: After being held without a catch in Week 1, Mike Wallace scores two touchdowns today.
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