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Eagles defense pitches a shutout in the first half

Nick Foles AP

Was Tommy Brasher the missing piece all along?

The first half with Brasher as the team’s defensive line coach has been a very good one for the Eagles. They shut out the Buccaneers on their way to a 10-0 lead at the break. They’ve sacked Josh Freeman twice and helped cause him to miss on 11 of his 16 passes through two quarters. Doug Martin hasn’t found much running room and the Eagles defense gave their offense time to find its footing.

That finally happened at the end of the half when Nick Foles led a seven-play, 80-yard drive capped off with a 10-yard run by Foles for a touchdown. The big play on the drive was a long completion by Foles to Jason Avant, a combination that also accounted for the biggest play en route to a field goal on their previous drive. Foles has been pressured a lot and Bryce Brown has been rendered totally ineffective (five yards on 10 carries), but the rookie has still hit on 16-of-23 passes for 193 yards without turning the ball over.

Much has happened since the last time the Eagles won a game, but they’ve put themselves in a position to end that long spell after 30 minutes of work in Tampa.

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4 Responses to “Eagles defense pitches a shutout in the first half”
  1. chattanola says: Dec 9, 2012 2:46 PM

    Wow, the Eagles have tightened up this week. Also the Panthers are laying the wood on the Falcons. Guess at this point in the season, playing for stats for that all important contract (job!) next year is a great motivator.

    Good for football.

  2. bdawk20 says: Dec 9, 2012 2:48 PM

    It’s amazing what happens when you let your D-Line play real football.

  3. bucrightoff says: Dec 9, 2012 2:56 PM

    The Bucs decided to honour the 2002 Bucs by playing like the 1976 Bucs

  4. bleed4philly says: Dec 9, 2012 10:31 PM

    It’s great to see a d-line that can play football and a qb who can see over the o-line.

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