Tampa Bay looks to bounce back from two straight losses to get back in the playoff hunt. At this point they are on the outside looking in with a 6-6 record, but do have 4 games to turn it all around. Tampa’s schedule to end the season is pretty brutal, but for at least today they have a great shot to win as they host the Eagles. Philly has lost their last 8 games, and most of them have been by a pretty wide margin. Most of their play makers have been sidelined by injury with Vick, McCoy, and Jackson all out of the game. That last left Nick Foles as the starting QB. He has struggled for the most part, but has shown flashes of solid play. He will be the starter for the rest of the year even when Vick is ready to come back in. Bryce Brown has stepped up to lead the rushing attack. He has fared quite well in limited action. The former top recruit out of high school is finally living up to his high potential. The Eagles look like they got a steal with their seventh round pick.
What will matter the most is the offense from Tampa Bay. I think Foles and Brown will be able to generate enough offense to make this a game, but the Eagles defense is what has really kept them out of games. In their last 7 games they have given up at least 26 points every game. Only New Orleans has given up more points all year in the NFC and Philly easily has been outscored the most in the Conference with a 103 point differential. This has already last Juan Castillo his job, former pro bowler Jason Babin to be shipped off, and Andy Reid should be the next to go. This Philadelphia team has talent, but is in a very rough position at this point. They don’t have much to play for except for the rookies looking to come into next year with starting jobs.
So basically Tampa Bay is in a must win game. With Atlanta still ahead, they can’t afford to lose the easy ones. They also need some help. Washington, Dallas, and Minnesota are all 6-6 as well. Seattle is 7-5 and Chicago and Green Bay are both 8-4. There is a lot of teams fighting for those two wild card spots so it won’t be easy.