PHILADELPHIA — With a ravaged protection already down 4 starters and cornerback Richard Sherman leaving the sport within the first quarter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and working again Leonard Fournette carried the load on the highway Thursday towards the Philadelphia Eagles in a 28-22 win at Lincoln Monetary Subject.
Coping with a thumb damage all week that restricted him to some gentle throwing in walk-throughs, Brady — who got here in main the NFL in passing — went 34 for 42 for 297 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. His lone choose, by Anthony Harris, got here on a 30-yard deep move meant for Antonio Brown on a third-and-15. One other would-be interception by security Marcus Epps was finally overturned.
On the bottom, Fournette rushed for 81 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns, and he tacked on 46 yards on six catches.
Troubling pattern: At this fee, cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles might should swimsuit up this season for the Bucs (5-1). Heading into tonight’s recreation, secondary starters had missed a mixed 11 begins, with Sherman’s damage being the group’s newest blow. He was changed by Dee Delaney.
However Dean — the lone wholesome beginning cornerback — continues to be an up-and-down participant. His 45-yard defensive move interference penalty on the opening drive arrange a 5-yard landing reception by tight finish Zach Ertz. A 50-yard defensive move interference penalty by backup security Mike Edwards within the third quarter arrange a 6-yard landing scramble by Jalen Hurts.
Promising pattern: Previous to Thursday night time, tight finish O.J. Howard, nonetheless not 100% coming off a ruptured Achilles and enjoying behind Rob Gronkowski, had simply six targets for the season. In Gronkowski’s absence the final two weeks, he had simply two catches. However towards the Eagles (2-4), Howard had six catches on seven targets for 46 yards and a landing. He and Brady lastly appeared in-sync.
Questionable name: The Bucs went for it on fourth-and-3, from the Eagles’ 46-yard line, and turned the ball over on downs after Brady overthrew Howard. The Eagles then made it a six-point recreation when Hurts rushed for a 2-yard landing with 5:56 to go earlier than changing a two-point conversion to Watkins. The Bucs caught an enormous break on the following driver after a taunting penalty was known as on defensive finish Genard Avery that superior the Bucs 15 yards and allow them to run out the clock.