With the Philadelphia Eagles riding a 31-20 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get back to .500, and a rare quarterback controversy where there may be no wrong answer, it’s tempting to gloss over the details and just feel good about where Philadelphia is at. First place in the NFC East is never a bad thing.
That’s all well and good, but it’s worth pointing out the Eagles are still a flawed team. For all of the good they’re doing with the NFL’s second-ranked offense, which is perhaps more potent with Nick Foles under center than Michael Vick, the defense is still a barely adequate partner too often in this deal.
The Birds defense had one job to do in Week 6—pressure a rookie quarterback—and it failed. Nor did it really shut down the Bucs’ running game for that matter. It just sort of held on until Foles and Co. scored enough points to put the game away. Not good enough.
We break it all down and more in our weekly report card grades. Suffice it to say, one unit scored very well, the other not so much.