Eagles-Buccaneers NFL Week 2 predictions


The Eagles are flying south for the weekend to take on the Buccaneers on Sunday in Tampa at 1 p.m. 

This is just one of two matchups between 1-0 teams in the NFC this weekend. 

Here are our (cough) expert predictions: 

Reuben Frank (1-0)
At some point, the Eagles are going to lose a football game again. It’s been a while. But it won’t be Sunday. The Bucs certainly put up a lot of points in the opener against the Saints, but they’re not scoring 48 against this defense. The Saints didn’t sack Ryan Fitzpatrick and were credited with only two hurries on 28 pass plays. The Eagles will get after him. I expect their pass rush to make life much more difficult for Fitz than the Saints did. And I think the Eagles’ offense will find its stride a little bit after a shaky opener. Nick Foles never plays bad in back-to-back games, and the Eagles need him to make some plays down the field. This will be a challenge, especially for the Eagles’ young corners against Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. But the Eagles are up for the challenge. So I’m going Eagles 30, Buccaneers 20, and the Eagles fly back to Philly Sunday night 2-0.

Eagles 30, Buccaneers 20

Dave Zangaro (0-1)
I made a mistake last week. I can’t believe I picked the Eagles to lose at home the night they raised the Super Bowl LII banner to rafters. I was almost right, but I’m still an idiot. 

I think this game against the Bucs is looking a little tougher after what we saw them do to a pretty good Saints team on the road last week, but the Eagles’ defense is way better than the Saints’ D. This Eagles defense is the real deal and they’ll be able to get after Ryan Fitzpatrick. And on offense, I expect Nick Foles to put together a big game. An extra week of reps, in a stadium where he’s had success and against a team with banged up corners. And Foles always seems to follow his crappy games with good ones. 

Eagles 33, Bucs 16 

Derrick Gunn (1-0)
Week 1 was a little rough offensively for the Eagles, but at least they got the win. Now, it’s on to Tampa Bay. Hopefully, we will see a more fluid passing game from Nick Foles. The run game and defense may have to carry the team until the QB situation stabilizes. Nelson Agholor needs to help stretch the field more and Mike Wallace needs to be involved more in the passing game plan.  

Jim Schwartz’s most trusted soldier, Nigel Bradham, returns from his one-game suspension and that’s huge for the defense. The Buccaneers opened the season with an impressive showing down in New Orleans. Ryan Fitzpatrick had an incredible game: 417 yards passing and four TDs. Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson torched the Saints’ secondary. 

The Bucs’ injury report runs deep. Starting CB Vernon Hargreaves suffered a torn labrum in New Orleans and has been placed on IR. The Bucs' other starting CB Brent Grimes has a groin injury. He did not play against the Saints and is out again vs. the Eagles. Also, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is wearing a heavy brace on his knee and he’s iffy for this week. After his season-opening performance, they’re referring to Fitzpatrick as “Fitzmagic” down in Tampa. I think it’s an illusion and he won’t have the same success against the Eagles’ defense.

Eagles 24, Bucs 20

Ray Didinger (1-0)
Tampa Bay's stunning victory in New Orleans, rolling up a ridiculous 48 points on the Saints, caught the attention of everyone, including the Eagles, and that's probably a good thing. There is no way the Eagles can go into Tampa this week thinking it will be an easy victory, not after watching the tape of Ryan Fitzpatrick passing for 417 yards against New Orleans. What probably looked like a layup a month ago looks a whole lot trickier now.

Don't underestimate Fitzpatrick. I know he defines the journeyman quarterback. His career has more stops than the Route 11 trolley — he has played for seven different teams in his 14 year career — but if he gets hot, he can do major damage as he did last Sunday and he has some very explosive weapons in Tampa with the imposing Mike Evans, a still-fleet DeSean Jackson and the talented O.J. Howard at tight end.

The Saints didn't generate much of a pass rush last week and Fitzpatrick picked them apart. I don't see Jim Schwartz allowing him the same degree of comfort Sunday. I also think Nick Foles will have some fun working against a porous Tampa defense that allowed Drew Brees to pass for 432 yards last week. 

Eagles 24, Bucs 16

Andrew Kulp (1-0)
Forgive me for not being afraid of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Oh, Tampa Bay's offense is loaded with talent — Mike Evans, in particular, is unstoppable — but if you think for one second Fitzpatrick is hanging 48 points on this defense, like he did to the Saints in Week 1, you're sorely mistaken.

Meanwhile, the Eagles might be catching a wounded Bucs defense at the right time. Cornerbacks Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes, along with defensive tackle Veta Via are all out. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is questionable. Seems like the stars are aligning for Nick Foles to get into a rhythm and hit some big plays deep.

The crowd at Raymond James Stadium should be fairly pro Philly, too. Fitzpatrick throws three picks, Foles throws three touchdowns and the Eagles move to 2-0.

Eagles 34, Bucs 17

Corey Seidman (0-1)
The Bucs always play the Saints tough. I don’t see Tampa Bay’s offense scoring even half as many as the 48 points from Week 1. 

Yes, Mike Evans should be a problem, but we just watched the Eagles allow 170 receiving yards to Julio Jones while shutting down every other Falcons skill player, with the exception of a few plays from Tevin Coleman.

The Eagles just have too much depth in all phases. The worry is that the Bucs’ front 7 applies pressure to Nick Foles, but it’s not like Foles could play much worse than he did in the opener. 

Eagles 26, Bucs 13

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