The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took down the Philadelphia Eagles and with it, have become one of the NFL’s biggest surprises. Here are five takeaways from the win over the defending champs.
In another unexpected upset, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed to take down the Philadelphia Eagles.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has taken over social media and become one of the biggest storylines in the NFL. His MVP-level of play through the first two weeks of the season has left even the most optimistic Buccaneer fan in pure shock.
With the offense flowing smoothly and the defense doing just enough to keep Tampa Bay in control, the Bucs have created a perfect formula for success. Through two weeks, there is a lot to be happy about if you happen to support the Bucs.
Take a look at five takeaways from the big win over the defending Super Bowl winners.
Eagles shut down Bucs’ rushing attack
The Eagles stifled the Buccaneers rushing attack in week two. Tampa Bay’s lead back Peyton Barber rushed for just 16 yards on 22 carries. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken stuck with the ground game but found little success against a dominating front.
Philadelphia excels in the trenches, rarely do they get gashed on the ground. However, Tampa Bay’s inability to gain any traction on the ground is concerning. Running the football hindered the Bucs offense last year, and the hot start has overshadowed how one-dimensional the offense can be.
Ronald Jones was a healthy scratch again, and the running game has sat in neutral. All offseason long, it appeared that the Bucs planned to use Jones as the primary backup. A change of pace from the bruising style of Barber. Unfortunately, it looks like the Bucs will continue to trot out mediocre backs while they do most of their damage through the air.