Thursday Night Football: Tom Brady, Leonard Fournette carry Buccaneers to 28-22 win over Eagles

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Tom Brady threw for 297 yards and two touchdowns and Leonard Fournette ran for 81 yards and two scores as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earned a 28-22 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.

The six-point margin of victory was far closer than the game felt throughout most of the contest.

The Buccaneers held a 28-7 lead with 5:47 left in the third quarter after Fournette’s second touchdown of the night gave them a three-score advantage. Fournette’s 1-yard run capped a 12-play, 79-yard drive by Tampa Bay as they appeared to take full control over the Eagles.

However, Jalen Hurts scored on a 6-yard touchdown run on the following drive for Philadelphia to cut the Tampa Bay advantage to 28-14 late in the third quarter.

Philadelphia had eight offensive possessions up to that point in the game. It took two lengthy pass interference penalties for the Eagles to muster any scoring at all through three quarters. A 45-yard pass interference on Jamel Dean led to their first score of the night. A 50-yard call against Mike Edwards set up Hurts’ touchdown run. On their other six possessions, the Eagles went three-and-out five times and had a drive end with a Hurts interception.

But after Hurts’ touchdown, the Eagles offense became a bit more lively. A promising possession ended at the Buccaneers 28-yard line when Jake Elliott missed a 46-yard field goal try wide right to keep the lead at 14. After the Buccaneers failed to convert on a fourth-and-3 attempt from the Eagles’ 46-yard line, the Eagles turned to Miles Sanders to move them deep into Tampa territory. Runs of 23 and 14 yards from Sanders put the Eagles in scoring position before Hurts found the end zone on a 2-yard touchdown run on a speed option to pull within one score. Hurts would connect with Quez Watkins on a two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 28-22 with 5:54 left to play.

But the Eagles would get no closer. A taunting penalty against Genard Avery helped give a free 15 yards to the Buccaneers, but Brady connected with Antonio Brown for a pair of key first downs as they marched inside the Eagles red zone and drained the clock.

Hurts completed 12 of 26 passes for 115 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 44 yards on 10 carries and two scores.

Antonio Brown and O.J. Howard were the recipients of Brady’s two touchdown passes in the first half. Brown finished the night with nine catches for 93 yards and a touchdown for the Buccaneers.

35 responses to “Thursday Night Football: Tom Brady, Leonard Fournette carry Buccaneers to 28-22 win over Eagles

  1. I love tom, he’s the best, heck i even though he was the goat QB prematurely in 2011….

    But that was the most boring, safe, casual game yet. He’s usually been off on Thursday’s. Was it the thumb, was it windy out there, and/or was the Philly secondary just playing well? Idk. But that was a snore. Made 1 nice throw to AB on the move, but only after the Eagles tried coming back. I hope he leads the league in yds or tds but damn Brady looked like he wanted to get today over with

  2. The Eagles need to use their draft picks to rebuild the defense and then keep developing the young players like Jalen Hurts.

  3. Arians stupidity is the only reason the game was close Brady may have overthrew but 4th and 3 up two scores is dumb. Brady was ok but looked a bit off in the second half other than the final drive. Bucs defense is suspect it’s not going to be pretty against better teams.

  4. greedyjimfromtonhicken says:
    October 14, 2021 at 11:33 pm
    The Eagles need to use their draft picks to rebuild the defense and then keep developing the young players like Jalen Hurts.

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    I disagree. Hurts was bad as a passer. Hurts was Lamar Jackson rookie year bad. His first accurate throw didn’t come until late in the 3rd quarter. Without the 2 pass interference penalties which accounted for more yardage than the eagles had as a team through almost 3 quarters, the Eagles probably lose by 30. He just wasn’t seeing the field and when he did he was either throwing late or throwing off target or both. How many plays did you see the receivers playing defense to keep the defense from easily intercepting a ball? I counted at least 5.

    Offensive playing calling was bad and got to cute with every trick play they tried losing yardage. Gannon once again showed zero creativity with the defense.

    I just keep getting the feeling this coaching staff is lost.

    The coaching did him no favors either.

  5. Eagles need a new QB and some good wide receivers. Oh yeah and a new head coach, he doesn’t know how to count.

  6. Bucs are good and they know it and the other teams know it too each week. Eagles need pieces to work or I think they’re going to get Hurts damaged mentally or physically cause he doesnt have much help. He’s got to have something to go to regularly and Zach Ertz I’m not sure can still do that. He needs weapons the kid can’t be expected to play all the instruments and Conduct the symphony too he’s not ready for that responsibility yet. And he shouldn’t be expected to either.

  7. It was good sportsmanship for the Bucs to give the Eagle several garbage time points…
    really was no where near as close as final score shows…
    Eagles got a long way to go but hey, you have a running qb!

  8. The Eagles HC is in way over his head. Has NO idea how to use the run to set up the pass.

  9. You got to remember that the Bucs’ defense is decimated with injuries. Their #1, #2, and #3 CBs are out. Lavante Davis is out. Winfield is out. JPP is not 100%. And they are STILL winning games pretty convincingly.

    But none of those injuries are season-ending. They are going to get all those guys back eventually. And remember, the Bucs were a 7-5 team before they turned it on and ran the table last year. And they are already ahead of where they were last year at this point.

    If they get these guys back and stay healthy, and they turn it on like last year, no one is going to beat this team. With that offense, and that rushing defense, they just have to be AVERAGE in the pass defense to blow the doors off any opponent in this league.

  10. The Eagles do not have the coach or the quarterback to be a threat in this division. Getting rid of Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz was not the automatic solution to their problems. Hurts might be the worse quarterback in the division.

  11. Hurts is like a side piece. Fun to have around. He is fit and makes exotic plays but that’s just it. Eagles don’t have the real deal. Not hating. Draft your 6’4 strong NFL ready arm QB and have Hurts for certain plays like the saints did. Hurts can be useful but wont be able to handle the entire load.

  12. “2. There should be no 50 yard penalties.”

    True, but it’s hard because if DPI were 15 yards, then DBs would just mug the receiver on downfield throws. DPI is usually grabbing the hand and tugging the jersey or getting to the receiver just too early or things that aren’t too egregious because while they want to prevent the catch and run after catch, if they get DPI it’s the same as giving up the catch so every catch situation is still competitive and trying to not get called for a penalty. I’d rather not see every deep ball with a step just get tackled ten yards before the ball gets there because they choose to just concede the much more minimal penalty than risk a catch.

  13. Those 2 PI calls were legit and receivers would have caught them if not for the PI. Announcers commented on at least two other PI non-calls. Bucs D is agreesive no doubt. Tonight, they were mugging. That didn’t influence the game outcome but don’t act like “without the PIs the Eagles wouldn’t have been in it.” There was an obvious PI in the endzone non-call which would have given a 1st and goal at the one yard (non-call). Still, the author of this article is correct, Bucs dominated, no doubt!

  14. Welp, the spread was Tampa -6.5 The Eagles successfully went for a 2 point conversion when they had no reason to do so and lost by 6, covering the spread. Had they just kicked the extra point Tampa would’ve covered instead. The over/under was 52.5 with the under hitting at 50. Had someone kicked a field goal after the 2-pointer the over would’ve hit instead. With over 70% of the money on Tampa -6.5 and over 52.5 it really make me wonder who called that 2-pointer? Yes, I lost by 1/2 a point.

  15. NFL needs to change the PI penalty from a spot foul to a 10 or 15 yard penalty.

    If not for two PI calls worth 95 yards this game probably isn’t close.

  16. Without the two huge pass interference calls totally different game. Both were very iffy calls especially the second one. With the calls the eagles were getting they should have just kept chunking it deep and going entire field on pass interference bc all the throws were either inaccurate or dropped.

  17. knightwanderer says:
    October 14, 2021 at 11:57 pm
    Bucs are good and they know it and the other teams know it too each week. Eagles need pieces to work or I think they’re going to get Hurts damaged mentally or physically cause he doesnt have much help. He’s got to have something to go to regularly and Zach Ertz I’m not sure can still do that. He needs weapons the kid can’t be expected to play all the instruments and Conduct the symphony too he’s not ready for that responsibility yet. And he shouldn’t be expected to either.

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    He couldn’t hit the broad side of the barn with his passes last night. That’s mechanics. The kid has plenty of weapons. You saw him underthrow what should have been 3-4 long TDs, let alone all the intermediate passes that went wide.

    The weapons were there and they were open against 3rd and 4th string corners! The weapons don’t matter if you can’t connect with them. Stop this narrative that’s he’s the lone weapon in a talentless offense.

    Is the offensive play calling horrible? Yes. They don’t seem to be attacking different levels and the trick plays are beyond stupid. They don’t seem to understand that plays need to be setup and are randomly pulling crap out of a hat.

    Gannon’s refusal to adjust or blitz, ever, is still one of the great mysteries of the universe.

  18. Hurts was Lamar Jackson rookie year bad. His first accurate throw didn’t come until late in the 3rd quarter. Without the 2 pass interference penalties which accounted for more yardage than the eagles had as a team through almost 3 quarters, the Eagles probably lose by 30.
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    Just ignore the fact that both of those interference passes were right on target. Dude only has 10 NFL starts and people are already writing him off. So much scrutiny around mobile running QBs. Lamar is the best QB in his draft class and with all the criticism he gets, you’d think he was the worst. Why is the bar set so high for these guys? While Darnold, Mayfield, Cousins and Tanehill continue to do squat and nothing is ever said bad about them.

  19. Without the two huge pass interference calls totally different game. Both were very iffy calls especially the second one.
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    Dean was mauling his guy all night.

    Apparently the only way he can cover his guy.

  20. number1 says:
    October 15, 2021 at 3:17 am
    Welp, the spread was Tampa -6.5 The Eagles successfully went for a 2 point conversion when they had no reason to do so and lost by 6, covering the spread. Had they just kicked the extra point Tampa would’ve covered instead. The over/under was 52.5 with the under hitting at 50. Had someone kicked a field goal after the 2-pointer the over would’ve hit instead. With over 70% of the money on Tampa -6.5 and over 52.5 it really make me wonder who called that 2-pointer? Yes, I lost by 1/2 a point

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    It’s not a gambling conspiracy. They were 3 for 3 this season on 2 pt conversations and they were going for the win. Whether on that TD or the possible next one they would need the 2 pt conversion to get the lead. Against Brady and with a FG kicker that had missed you have to be aggressive.

  21. flash1224 says:
    October 15, 2021 at 5:05 am
    NFL needs to change the PI penalty from a spot foul to a 10 or 15 yard penalty.

    If not for two PI calls worth 95 yards this game probably isn’t close.
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    It sucks when you are on the receiving end of it for sure but if they make it a 15 yard penalty then the DB’s will just start mauling guys down the field on any play over 20 yards that they might not be able to defend. The massive penalty is an attempt to keep the DB’s honest. Still – when you get burned it is better to take the massive penalty than to let the guy catch and score.

  22. Hurts is Kordell
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    Minus good coaching, and an experienced supporting cast

  23. NFL needs to change the PI penalty from a spot foul to a 10 or 15 yard penalty
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    No, they certainly do not.

    Nothing would stop a team from committing endless fouls on deep throws.

  24. “Hurts was Lamar rookie year bad.” And now Lamar is very good. Everyone assumed Lamar could not improve, and he has. Why can’t Hurts?

  25. I’m a Bama fan and pulling for Jalen Hurts but man, he is really struggling. I don’t know if it’s the scheme, the supporting cast or what, but what they’re doing with him isn’t working. It’s pretty painful to watch.

  26. Game wasn’t as close as the score says. Remember, the Bucs knelt at the Eagles 6 as time expired. Wait, did that keep the spread in play? LOL

  27. Holmgren’s frozen ‘stache says:
    October 15, 2021 at 10:15 am
    NFL needs to change the PI penalty from a spot foul to a 10 or 15 yard penalty
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    No, they certainly do not.

    Nothing would stop a team from committing endless fouls on deep throws.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Agreed, this would turn the NFL DPI into the equivelent to watching the last 3 minutes of an NBA game- foul, ful, foul, foul, etc…

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