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Bucs vs. Eagles: Scouting report

The Eagles are in disarray, having lost eight in a row, and coach Andy Reid is expected to be fired at season's end. The defense has allowed 31.7 points over its past six games. But a change at quarterback ( Nick Foles) and running back ( Bryce Brown) offers intrigue.

Eagles' top offensive player

Of the uninjured (not many), tight end Brent Celek, right, is among the top threats. He's second in team history among tight ends in catches (273) and receiving yards (3,390). He had eight for 157 on Sept. 16 against Baltimore.

Eagles' top defensive player

End Trent Cole, left, is 11th among active players with 70 sacks. His 16 multisack games rank third in Eagles history behind Reggie White and Clyde Simmons.

What the Eagles do best

The Eagles have run the ball well. Bryce Brown has 347 yards and four touchdowns in two starts for the injured LeSean McCoy.

How you beat the Eagles

With rookie QB Nick Foles now in the lineup, the Eagles lose the mobility offered by Michael Vick. Can the Bucs, 30th in sacks with 18, finally pressure the passer and force some poor throws?

The Bucs must avoid …

Penalties. The 11 last week against Denver were the Bucs' second most this season. Penalties give a struggling opponent such as Philadelphia life.

Projected starters

BUCS

OFFENSE

WR: Vincent Jackson

LT: Donald Penn

LG: Jeremy Zuttah

C: Ted Larsen

RG: Jamon Meredith

RT: Demar Dotson

TE: Dallas Clark

WR: Mike Williams

QB: Josh Freeman

RB: Doug Martin

FB: Erik Lorig

DEFENSE

LDE: Michael Bennett

DT: Gerald McCoy

DT: Roy Miller

RDE: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim

SLB: Adam Hayward

MLB: Mason Foster

WLB: Lavonte David

CB: E.J. Biggers

CB: Leonard Johnson

SS: Mark Barron

FS: Ronde Barber

special teams

PR: Roscoe Parrish

KR: Michael Smith

PK: Connor Barth

P/KO: Michael Koenen

eagles

OFFENSE

WR: Jeremy Maclin

LT: King Dunlap

LG: Evan Mathis

C: Dallas Reynolds

RG: Jake Scott

RT: Dennis Kelly

TE: Brent Celek

WR: Riley Cooper

QB: Nick Foles

RB: Bryce Brown

TE: Clay Harbor

DEFENSE

LDE: Brandon Graham

DT: Cullen Jenkins

DT: Fletcher Cox

RDE: Trent Cole

SLB: Mychal Kendricks

MLB: DeMeco Ryans

WLB: Akeem Jordan

CB: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

CB: Nnamdi Asomugha

SS: Nate Allen

FS: Colt Anderson

special teams

PR: Damaris Johnson

KR: Brandon Boykin

PK/KO: Alex Henery

P: Mat McBriar

Injury report

BUCS — Out: CB LeQuan Lewis (knee). Questionable: DT Roy Miller (head). Probable: WR Vincent Jackson (calf), RB D.J. Ware (illness).

Eagles Out: S Kurt Coleman (chest), RB LeSean McCoy (concussion), T Nate Menkin (throat), DT Mike Patterson (illness), QB Michael Vick (concussion). Questionable: RB Chris Polk (toe). Probable: S Nate Allen (shoulder), DT Fletcher Cox (tailbone), RB Stanley Havili (ankle), LB Mychal Kendricks (shoulder), G Dallas Reynolds (ankle), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (knee).

Prediction

Bucs 29, Eagles 21

Bucs vs. Eagles: Scouting report 12/07/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 7, 2012 9:35pm]
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