Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Preview & Predictions

Josh Zerkle@JoshZerkleChief Writer IIIDecember 3, 2012

The Muscle Hamster is set to run wild at home against an underachieving NFC East team. Can the overachieving Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold serve for a push toward a wild-card berth in the playoffs?

Tampa Bay (6-6) has impressed in Greg Schiano's first year as head coach. The former head man at Rutgers wasted little time implementing his program. He shipped out noted "me-first" tight end Kellen Winslow, Jr. and set initiatives in camp to ensure that his team stayed hydrated in the hot Florida sun.

He also inserted rookie running back Doug Martin into the starting lineup. Martin, whom Schiano compared to Ray Rice during the preseason, already has over 1,100 yards rushing with four games remaining.

The Philadelphia Eagles (3-9) have turned out to be the bottom-feeders of the NFC (they're tied with Carolina for the worst record in the conference). Having let go of preseason Super Bowl aspirations, the Eagles are left just to compete for their own jobs. For some, it's already too late. Michael Vick has been benched for the remainder of the season in favor of rookie Nick Foles, and Eagles ownership appears to be allowing head coach Andy Reid to finish out the season solely out of respect for his years of service to the franchise. 

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