Buccaneers vs. Eagles Week 6 Game Overview, Game and Stream Details, Key Players, Top Scenarios, Injury Updates
What’s going to happen ? – When the Buccaneers’ pass attack enters the groove and begins to make the most of all of its extreme pass catching weapons, it can seem almost impossible to stop it. This theory will however be put to the test on Thursday evening. Tampa Bay will bring the NFL’s top-ranked pass attack to Philadelphia to kick off Week six with a clash against the league’s third-ranked pass defense. The Buccaneers are averaging 349.4 net passing yards per game which, if sustained, would shatter the Denver Broncos’ all-time record of 340.3 per game in 2013. Tom Brady leads the league in passing yards and second in touchdown passes and he just set a franchise record extending his non-interception passing streak to 203. His top three receivers – Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Antonio Brown – are all in. going over 1,000 yards this season, and with all three on the field, it’s a dead end proposition for a defense trying to decide which to give extra cover. That said, the Eagles are only allowing 194.8 passing yards per game (third) and 6.16 passing yards (fourth). And they’ve honestly met those rankings, having faced Kansas City, Dallas, Carolina and Atlanta before, all teams that place in the league’s top 14 in passing yards. Darius Slay is a heady playmaker who already has two interceptions this season and the Eagles are not emphasizing their secondary with a lot of blitzes. With Javon Hargrave and his six sacks – most of the NFL inside linemen – leading a fierce forward four, the Eagles only blitzed on 14.6% of their defensive shots, the lowest rating in the league. And yet, they still rank third in the NFL with a 34.3% pressure rating.
It hurts to think about it – As noted above, the Buccaneers face a different kind of quarterback challenge this week. In their last two wins, the Bucs have faced relatively still New England rookie Mac Jones and a Dolphins quarterback in Jacoby Brissett who spent much of the game injuring his hamstrings. Their opponents in Weeks One through Three were all basically pocket couriers – Dak Prescott, Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford. Now they’re going to take their chances against Jalen Hurts of Philly, who is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Kevin Minter, who will likely replace injured Lavonte David this week, said the Buccaneers need to prepare for the expected RPOs and zone readings, which they have seen very little so far this season. Defensive lineman Vita Vea, whose Washington Huskies lost to a Hurts-led team in Alabama in the 2016 Peach Bowl, remembers how a quarterback of this variety can cause significant trouble. “Anytime you face a mobile quarterback it poses a threat to you because you know he can extend the game with his feet. I played him in college and he gave us a lot. hurts with his mobility and his arm, so it will be a tough challenge this week against a guy like Jalen Hurts who is really mobile and can throw the ball as well. ” Hurts not only leads the Eagles in the race, as previously mentioned, and is second in races at 43, but he’s also accounted for three of Philadelphia’s five rushing touchdowns so far. Hurts is an explosive runner; According to NFL Next Gen Stats after week three of this season, he had hit over 15 miles per hour on 62.5% of his career runs, and twice this season he’s gone over 20 miles per hour. The Buccaneers have the best running defense in the NFL for the third year in a row, but Hurts could make their extra-strong interior moot if he can effectively get around the edge multiple times.
Missing in the middle – Perhaps the most concerning name on the Buccaneers’ Week Six injury report is Tom Brady, who injured the thumb of his throwing hand at the start of Sunday’s win over Miami but was able to play through. Barring a setback, however, it would be surprising if Brady couldn’t make it to Philadelphia. On the other hand, the Buccaneers appear to be bracing for the absence of linebacker Lavonte David, the team’s longtime captain who injured his ankle in the same game. Veteran Kevin Minter is a capable substitute who has proven himself time and time again in such situations, but there is no doubt that a defense already hard hit by injury will be missed by David as long as he is put in the field. difference. This is just the last defensive injury the Bucs have had to sidestep – and they’re not the only ones having such issues as several teams in the league have recently been stung by a wave of injuries – and at one point, the combined stress might start to cause some cracks. Tampa Bay played last Sunday’s game with 75% of its starting secondary off and doesn’t expect cornerbacks Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting to return to the field anytime soon. Safety Antoine Winfield may be able to recover from a concussion that kept him out of the Miami game, although the short week isn’t helping. With the Buccaneers trying to fit newcomers like Richard Sherman and Pierre Desir into the defense, it helps to have veteran communicators who can keep everyone on the same page. David obviously fits this ball and will be missed for that reason, beyond the simple production that he provides on a regular basis.
Mid season Lenny – Leonard Fournette’s playoff starring last year earned him the nickname “Playoff Lenny,” who later morphed into “Lombardi Lenny” when he played a big part in winning the Super Bowl LV. It doesn’t quite roll either, but maybe Fournette should know the nickname “Midseason Run Game Resuscitating Lenny”. The Buccaneers had little success on the pitch in their first three games but still won two thanks to their often unstoppable passing offense. However, over the past couple of weeks, the team have started to find the offensive balance that Bruce Arians clearly wants. Not only did Fournette run 91 yards in New England and another 67 on Sunday against the Dolphins, but his high success rate of carriers over four yards added bite to the Bucs’ action play, which they used to good use this last Sunday. Fournette has clearly taken over the lead role in the backfield, even with Ronald Jones doing good things with his more limited touches, and that’s partly because he’s getting better and better as a weapon in the game. attack by the pass. His last two scrum totals against the Patriots and Dolphins: 138 and 110. Of course, Arians wants some of the credit shared with the men leading the way. “I think the blocking unit did a very, very good job. You’re not going to throw the ball if your tight ends don’t block. They did a hell of a job. Josh Wells comes in and plays the tight end. for some of us, and that’s big. Again, it’s just the back that finds the holes – the holes are there. it all starts for us because you have to keep them in two dimensions defensively so that they don’t can’t just hit the passer. “[againstMiami’thatcould’vebeenbiggerButyeahtherunninggameiswhereitallstartsforusbecauseyouhavetokeepthemintwodimensionsdefensivelysothattheycan’tjustteeoffonthepasser”[againstMiami’thatcould’vebeenbiggerButyeahtherunninggameiswhereitallstartsforusbecauseyouhavetokeepthemintwodimensionsdefensivelysothattheycan’tjustteeoffonthepasser”
Quest for NFC Supremacy – The quick turnaround of a Thursday night game is tough but there is a payoff on the other side. Not only will the Buccaneers get a “mini-bye” heading into Week 7, but they can sit back and watch how the NFC playoff pursuit unfolds for the remainder of Week 6. The conference is a bit heavy at the start with five teams, including the Buccaneers, at 4-1 or better. That includes three widely anticipated teams for the NFC title in the Bucs, Green Bay and LA Rams, and some early-season surprises on offensive behemoths in Arizona and Dallas. With all of these teams off to such great starts and not likely to fade away with their high octane attacks, it will likely be a crowded race at the end and every game along the way will count. If the Buccaneers can grab their fifth win on Thursday night, they can relax a bit and potentially find themselves tied for first place in the conference by the end of the weekend. The undefeated Cardinals appear to have the toughest challenge with a visit to Cleveland to face the talented Browns 3-2. But Green Bay and Dallas could be road tested in Chicago and New England, respectively, and even the Rams have to make the dreaded cross-country trip to face the Giants.