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Eagles can’t overcome slow start to sink Bucs

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PHILADELPHIA, PA –

The Eagles found themselves in a familiar position to last week, scoring just once in the first half and ultimately coming up short against Ryan Fitzpatrick and company in Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Tampa Bay connected on multiple big plays in the first half that put the Eagles in a 20-7 hole they could not climb out of, ultimately collecting their first loss of the season by a final score of 27-21. DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard both had 75-yard touchdown receptions as Ryan Fitzpatrick torched the Eagles defense for his second game of 400+yards and 4 touchdowns. Nick Foles struggled once again with a ghost crew to work with.

Jason Peters was removed early from the game as was wide-out Mike Wallace. Jay Ajayi, Stefen Wisniewski, and others all had to be subbed out for different health reasons as the heat played a factor for both teams. 

Corey Clement, Jay Ajayi, and Nelson Agholor all found the end zone in the losing effort as the offense sputtered for 2.5 quarters.  

Tampa’s hot start with a deep ball to DeSean Jackson opened the scoring as the Eagles found themselves down early but tied it up at 7 apiece at the start of the 2nd Quarter. However, the Bucs put together 20 unanswered points over the next two quarters and put the game out of reach for Philly who battled back with two scores of their own but it wasn’t enough.

This is the first time Philadelphia has faltered in Tampa Bay since 2006. The Eagles fall to 1-1 on the season after today but at no worse will still be tied for 1st in the NFC East as Washington lost today. The Giants and Cowboys who play each other on Sunday Night Football are both 0-1. 

The Eagles will regroup and look ahead toward week 3 where they have a meeting with the former offensive coordinator Frank Reich, Andrew Luck, and the Colts. Per ESPN’s Football Insider Adam Schefter, Carson Wentz is on track to start although he has not been medically cleared by doctors. 

SCORING RECAP

1st Quarter:

DeSean Jackson — 75-yard catch (Cantanzaro XP)

(PHI 0-7 TB)        Drive: 1 play, 75 yards (0:11)

2nd Quarter:

Corey Clement — 15-yard run (Elliott XP)

(PHI 7-7 TB)        Drive: 13 plays, 78 yards (6:09)

O.J. Howard — 75-yard catch (Cantanzaro – Missed XP)

(PHI 7-13 TB)        Drive: 1 play, 75 yards (0:12)

Chris Godwin — 8-yard catch (Cantanzaro – XP)

(PHI 7-20 TB)        Drive: 6 plays, 70 yards (1:44)

3rd Quarter:

Mike Evans — 4-yard catch (Cantanzaro – XP)

(PHI 7-27 TB)        Drive: 7 plays, 54 yards (3:17)

4th Quarter:

Jay Ajayi — 2-yard run (Elliott XP)

(PHI 14-27 TB)        Drive: 9 plays, 84 yards (3:42)

Nelson Agholor — 2-yard run (Elliott XP)

(PHI 21-27 TB)        Drive: 8 plays, 78 yards (3:50)

Full Stats Here (via ESPN)

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