Monday, December 11, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs, Eagles adept at creating turnovers

One statistic not to be underestimated as the Bucs face the Eagles: takeaways.

The two teams have a share of the NFL lead with 13 forced fumbles each, and the Eagles are tied for second in the league with 20 total takeaways.

And if there's a reason the Eagles are more dangerous in this area, it's that they're more careful about giving the ball up. Philadelphia has scored 65 points off turnovers, while allowing their opponents to score just 21 points — the plus-44 differential is the third-best in the NFL, behind only the Panthers and Giants.

The Bucs, however, are a break-even team in points off turnovers — they've scored 64, and so have their opponents. The same is true for takeaways, with 16 forced and 16 committed, breaking even after nine games.

All this is to say to win on the road, Tampa Bay will likely have to step up in this area, or at least keep the Eagles from enjoying the advantage they've been used to this season.

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