EAGLES 17 – Buccaneers 9
THE story of the night was Sam Bradford (1 – 1 – 3 – 0 – 0). He didn’t throw a single incompletion all night long, and led the Eagles to a touchdown on every drive he was a part of. He hardly had to break a sweat last night.
Okay, so he was only out there for ONE drive, but please don’t make me talk about Chase Daniel (4 – 10 – 15 – 0 – 0). I really don’t wanna talk abo– Daniel took over on possessions 2 through 8 and just generally stunk up the stadium. The announcers kept talking about how no WR’s were getting open, but Daniel (unlike the rookie who followed him) seemed reluctant to even challenge Tampa Bay’s DB’s.
Rookie Carson Wentz (12 – 24 – 89 – 0 – 1) was scheduled to take over in the third quarter, but they sent him out right before the half. He looked athletic and poised, but also erratic, and his ball placement was very spotty. (A point that I made back in May.) Before you start trying to grade him on curve, remember that Wentz was playing against a 3rd string defense, running a vanilla scheme. He’s a million miles from being ready to start.
Defensively we looked very good out there, holding the Bucs to 31 yards on 21 carries, with 3 sacks and 3 picks. There were enough guys contributing from all over the Defense and that fact bodes well for the future.
It was a messy win, but indications so far are that the team is headed in the right direction.