Despite the organization’s high hopes, the Philadelphia Eagles will again be without QB Michael Vick and RB LeSean McCoy (concussions) when the crew takes the field Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Following last week’s Sunday night loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced that rookie QB Nick Foles would remain the team’s starter for the remainder of the season. So even if Vick was cleared to play this week, it would have been unlikely that he would actually see action.
On the other hand, Reid has not publicly confirmed whether or not McCoy will remain the Eagles’ starting running back when (or if) he is cleared to play again this season.
As an elite NFL running back, McCoy’s starting status would normally go without saying. But now, not so much.
Eagles RB Bryce Brown has erupted into professional glory after putting together a pair of fantastic performances in consecutive weeks under the national spotlight of prime-time football.
In the rookie’s first NFL start in Week 12 against the Carolina Panthers, Brown put up an astonishing 178 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 19 carries. Brown did not slow down a bit in his second go-at-it last week against the Cowboys, tallying 169 yards on the ground with 2 more end-zone trips on 24 totes.
While Brown has shown the skill level of a quality NFL player, Foles has played miserably in all but one game in his debut season.
Foles threw for 251 yards and a touchdown on 22 of 34 passing, while committing zero turnovers last weekend. But in his first two professional starts, Foles threw for a woeful 323 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions in both games combined.
Against a tough Buccaneers’ run defense, Brown will have to really showcase his talents in this Sunday afternoon tilt. Foles should have an easier day, as the Bucs’ passing defense is towards the bottom of the barrel.
But in order to bring their 8-game losing skid to a halt, the Eagles will need to be sharp in every aspect of play.
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