Eagles vs. Buccaneers: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Philadelphia

Bryn Swartz@eaglescentralSenior Writer IIIOctober 13, 2013

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 9: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  December 9, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Eagles won 23 - 21. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles remained in first place in the NFC East, defeating the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers behind a dominant performance from Nick Foles

Final Score: Philadelphia 31, Tampa Bay 20

Game Analysis for Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Nick Foles looked dominant in the second half, completing 22 of 31 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns. He posted a 133.3 passer rating and added a touchdown on the ground. 

Run Offense: The Eagles gave LeSean McCoy 25 carries and he responded with 116 yards (although he did lose a costly fumble in the first quarter). 

Pass Defense: Mike Glennon outplayed Nick Foles in the first half, but he looked like a rookie in the second, finishing the game with 273 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. 

Run Defense: Doug Martin carried 16 times for 67 yards. Considering his dominant rookie season, this was a success for the Eagles. 

Special Teams: Donnie Jones' punt down to the 1-yard line and Alex Henery's game-sealing field goal were two of the highlights of the game. 

Coaching: The Eagles collected an important victory in their third straight road game, using a dominant fourth quarter to win by 11 points against a winless Buccaneers squad. 

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 13: Connor Barwin #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts to a sack during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images


First-Half Analysis for Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Nick Foles has played pretty well, completing 16 of 24 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown. That's a low yards per attempt, but at least he hasn't turned the ball over yet. 

Run Offense: LeSean McCoy has 54 rushing yards on just nine carries against one of the league's top rushing defenses. Nick Foles added a touchdown run. 

Pass Defense: Mike Glennon is the best quarterback on the field. He's completed 12 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns. The Buccaneers have averaged 11 points per game this season, but they have 17 in the first half. 

Run Defense: Doug Martin looks solid running the ball, as he has 48 yards on just eight carries. The surprise is Mike Glennon, who has 20 rushing yards on three scrambles. 

Special Teams: Eric Page had 45 yards on two punt returns. No other play on special teams has been especially significant. 

Coaching: The Eagles are playing their third straight road game, which doesn't help, but they're losing at halftime to an 0-4 team starting a rookie at quarterback. The Eagles need to rally in the second half. The defense is going to need to make plays.