Here are my takeaways from the Bucs’ 28-22 win over the Eagles on Thursday night.
“Playoff Lenny” is coming back into postseason form. Leonard Fournette had his second big game in a row. He had 127 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. He is the #1 running back without question right now, to go along with Tampa Bay’s tremendous passing attack. Tom Brady threw for nearly 300 yards, two TD’s and one INT.
What a defense the Buccaneers have. They’re the best against the run, but worst against the pass. Against Philly, the run defense was again terrific, save for a couple of runs late in the fourth quarter. The pass defense held Jalen Hurts to just 115 yards through the air, but…
Can the Bucs please cut down on all those penalties? Most of the Eagles’ “offense” last night came from pass interference calls against the Bucs’ banged-up secondary, which also lost Richard Sherman to injury. Tampa Bay was penalized seven times for 120 yards. A couple of times, a Buccaneer defensive lineman jumped offsides. This has to stop. And what was Bruce Arians thinking on that 4th down call in the 4th quarter? It was a lousy play call, it didn’t work, and the Eagles cashed in to make it a one-score game.
And yet, the Bucs are 5-1. This was another game where they did not turn the ball over. They’ll host the Bears a week from Sunday.
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