TAMPA – The Eagles have been seeking to unseat the defending Tremendous Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
And there have been a number of issues working within the Eagles’ issue earlier than the sport.
That included the climate as the sport is being performed with wind gusts over 20 mph, which may have an effect on the Bucs’ passing assault, led by sure Corridor of Famer Tom Brady.
However Brady will not have 4 of his high six playmakers. Chris Godwin, the Delaware native, tore his ACL 4 weeks in the past, and Antonio Brown walked off the sphere throughout a Jan. 2 recreation in opposition to the Jets and was launched the subsequent day.
As well as, the Bucs will not have their high two operating backs in Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones. Fournette was not activated off injured reserve, whereas Jones has an ankle damage.
A robust operating recreation, after all, is paramount.
To that finish, all 4 of the Eagles operating backs, led by Miles Sanders, are eligible to play. The Eagles led the NFL in dashing, averaging 159.7 yards per recreation. Over the ultimate 10 video games, they averaged 189 yards per recreation.
The state of affairs could not have been worse for the Eagles of their hopes to upset the Buccaneers.
They gave up an extended Tampa Bay scoring drive on the opening possession, then went 3-and-out on their first possession.
Jalen Hurts had 7 yards passing, and the Eagles had 10 yards dashing on the finish of the primary quarter.
There was additionally a poor punt by Arryn Siposs, his third underneath 30 yards in two video games. And one other methodical Tampa Bay scoring drive that put the Eagles behind 14-0 on the finish of the primary quarter.
The Bucs had 137 yards of whole offense, the Eagles’ 17.
The Eagles introduced Sunday earlier than the sport that defensive finish Josh Sweat, tied for the staff lead with 7.5 sacks, is not enjoying after having “a life-threatening state of affairs” on Tuesday.
He was admitted to the hospital that evening for what the staff known as “an emergency process.”
On Friday, Eagles coach Nick Sirianni mentioned Sweat had some “stomach ache” earlier within the week, however was feeling higher, and was listed as questionable for the sport.
“Within the following days, Josh and our medical staff did every little thing doable to assist him return to play,” an Eagles spokesman mentioned. “It was decided by the docs immediately that he was not fairly prepared.”
Sweat had 4 sacks within the earlier three video games through which he performed. He was named as a Professional Bowl alternate final month.
Sweat was tied with defensive deal with Javon Hargrave for the staff lead in sacks. Nobody else had greater than 3.5. Among the many defensive ends, Derek Barnett has the subsequent most sacks, with solely 2.
As well as, beginning proper guard Nate Herbig was dominated out with an ankle damage.
Sua Opeta is anticipated to start out in his place. Opeta can be the sixth completely different participant to start out at proper guard this season, behind Brandon Brooks, Landon Dickerson, Herbig, Jack Driscoll and Jack Anderson for the meaningless season finale in opposition to Dallas.
The opposite inactives are QB Reid Sinnett, DB Andre Chachere, RB Jason Huntley, DB Kary Vincent and DB Tay Gowan.
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