Saturday, February 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs vs. Eagles: What they're saying; by the numbers

The poll

Who do you credit most for the Bucs' Super Bowl title following the 2002 season?

Jon Gruden: 38 percent

Tony Dungy: 35 percent

Monte Kiffin: 9 percent

Rich McKay: 5 percent

Derrick Brooks: 4 percent

Glazer family: 4 percent

Brad Johnson: 2 percent

Other: 2 percent

Warren Sapp: 1 percent

Total: 1,560 votes

Inside the numbers

7-8 Bucs' record against the Eagles, including 2-2 in the playoffs

5-0 Bucs' record this season when rushing for 130 or more yards

1-6 Bucs' record this season when they rush for 130 or fewer yards

46.2 Completion percent for the Bucs' Josh Freeman last week against the Broncos, second worst of the season

73 Rushing yards Doug Martin needs to pass Cadillac Williams for most by a Bucs rookie (1,178 in 2005)

What they're saying

Incredibly, the Eagles have won just one turnover battle all season (Week 4 vs. Giants). They are 31st in turnover differential (minus-18) and 31st in giveaways (28), including a league-high 16 fumbles. The Bucs, meanwhile, are sixth in the league in turnover differential (plus-11). Despite being last in the league in passing yards allowed, they are fourth in interceptions with 17.

Paul Domowitch Philadelphia Daily News

The question that must be asked is not will the Eagles win Sunday, but rather, will they win again this season? It won't come on Sunday. Tampa Bay is far from an elite team, but they present a difficult matchup. The Eagles' inability to limit opposing quarterbacks does not bode well against Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who has experienced a bounce-back season in 2012. Most impressive is the propensity for big plays.

Zach Berman Philadelphia Inquirer

The picks

Nick Foles good. Josh Freeman better. Bucs, 30-20.

Peter King Sports Illustrated

The Eagles are playing consecutive road games, which is tough. And they're doing so with Nick Foles the permanent starting quarterback for the first time. Tampa Bay is still alive in the playoff chase, but they have to win here. They will. It should be a high-scoring game. Bucs, 33-25.

Pete Prisco CBSSports.com

The Phillies have won more recently than the Eagles. That fact should hold for another week, or longer. Bucs, 27-17.

Mike Florio ProFootballTalk.com

Bucs vs. Eagles

1 p.m., Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM

Line/over-under: Bucs by 7½; 47½

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