The Eagles are back to .500, and the Buccaneers remain winless in 2013, but the big story out of Tampa Bay in Week 6 was not the Birds’ 31-20 victory—it was the performance of Nick Foles.
On in relief of four-time Pro Bowler Michael Vick (hamstring), Foles put together a masterful performance against a stingy Bucs defense that was allowing 17.5 points per game entering the contest. The second-year quarterback was 22-of-31 for 296 yards and three touchdowns, plus another score on the ground—a passer rating of 133.0. There is officially a controversy in Philadelphia.
Making his second NFL start, Mike Glennon did a nice job for Tampa Bay, as well. The third-round rookie had the Bucs leading into the third quarter and within one point in the fourth, but he did have a costly interception. Glennon hit on 25 of 42 passes for 273 yards and two TDs in the losing effort.
Still, this was clearly two teams trending in opposite directions. The Eagles move to 3-3 with back-to-back wins and will maintain control of first place in the NFC East heading into next week’s matchup against Dallas. For the Bucs, it may still have to get a little worse before it gets better, but you can tell they aren’t many pieces or healthy players away from competing again.
Scroll down for more analysis and highlights of all the action. Final score from Tampa: Eagles 31, Bucs 20.