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A look ahead: Eagles at Bucs

Following a bye week, the winless Buccaneers face the Eagles on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, trying to end a five-game home losing streak. Here’s a look at the matchup:

RECORDS: Tampa Bay 0-4, Philadelphia 2-3

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: Philadelphia leads, 7-5


LAST MEETING: On a day the Bucs honored the 2002 championship team, Tampa Bay rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit before dropping a 23-21 decision on the game’s final snap on Dec. 9 at Raymond James Stadium last season. Despite posting six sacks and 10 tackles for loss, the Bucs defense yielded a late 64-yard drive engineered by rookie QB Nick Foles, capped by a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin as time expired. The Eagles snapped an eight-game losing streak while Tampa Bay fell to 6-7 with its third consecutive setback. Josh Freeman, ineffective in the opening half, threw a pair of scoring passes after intermission and Doug Martin rushed for 128 yards. Vincent Jackson added six catches for 131 yards, but Tampa Bay’s defense had few answers for Foles, who completed 32 of 51 passes for 381 yards while replacing the injured Michael Vick. Foles also was credited with 27 of Philadelphia’s 29 yards on the ground against the NFL’s No. 1 rush defense.

NEED TO KNOW: Once again, Foles is expected to be under center for Vick, who injured his hamstring Sunday during a 36-21 victory against the Giants. Elusive RB LeSean McCoy is thriving in rookie coach Chip Kelly’s spread offense, which is averaging 27 points. WR DeSean Jackson is Philadelphia’s primary deep threat, so look for Bucs CB Darrelle Revis to shadow him. Philadelphia’s defense has had difficulty getting off the field. ... The Bucs have dropped nine of their past 10 games and are hoping to get the same bounce out of an early bye week they enjoyed in 2012. Rookie QB Mike Glennon played well through three quarters in his first NFL start before two fourth-quarter interceptions by Patrick Peterson sparked Arizona’s 13-10 comeback triumph. Defenses are jamming the line of scrimmage in an effort to stop Martin, and coach Greg Schiano said Tampa Bay must take more shots downfield. The additions of Revis, safety Dashon Goldson and rookie CB Johnthan Banks have solidified a weak secondary, and Tampa Bay’s pass rush is much improved.


Stat comparison






Total Offense      

            31st (274.8 ypg)

2nd (454.8 ypg)




Rushing Offense

            18th (100.5 ypg)

1st (186.6 ypg)




Passing Offense

            32nd (174.3 ypg) 

11th (268.2 ypg)




Total Defense     

            13th (332.3 ypg)

31st (434.0 ypg)




Rushing Defense

            9th (94.3 ypg)

17th (108.0 ypg)




Passing Defense

            15th (238.0 ypg)

t29th (326.0 ypg)




Points Scored     

            31st (11.0 ppg)

8th (27.0 ppg)




Points Allowed    

            8th (17.5 ppg)

30th (31.8 ppg)





            T14th (13.0)

t24th (11.0)




Sacks Allowed    

            t5th (9.0)

t22nd (15.0)




Turnover Margin

            t18th (0)             

t11th (+2)




Team leaders      






Rushing Yards    

            D. Martin (342)                

L.McCoy (514)




Passer Rating

            J.Freeman (59.3)              

N.Foles (122.4)





            V.Jackson (17)                

D.Jackson (28)




Rec. Yards

            V.Jackson (292)              

D.Jackson (525)





            L.David (3.0)                   

C.Barwin, V.Curry (2.0)





            Six tied with 1              

C.Williams, B.Boykin (2)




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