TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Weather: High 87, Low 68
Coming off a much-needed win in week five, the Philadelphia Eagles now sit at 2-3 heading into a seemingly-simple week six matchup. Chip Kelly‘s offense has gotten attention from everyone that follows football — being considered one of the most fast-paced offenses in the league. While week five resulted in a big win, the Eagles lost Michael Vick in the process with a hamstring injury that could set him out for quite some time if it proves to be serious or nagging. Nick Foles stepped up and led the Eagles to the win with the help of DeSean Jackson and LeSeasn McCoy. Jackson has caught 28 passes for 525 yards and three touchdowns in five games while McCoy has led the rushing attack with 514 yards and two touchdowns on 98 carries.
On the other side of the field, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are slowly falling apart as a team. There are rumors of unhappiness in the locker room as head coach Greg Schiano has led the Bucs to an early-season 0-4 record while losing his starting quarterback in the process. No, Josh Freeman didn’t get hurt, he had just underperformed through the first three games, leading to a benching and an eventual release from the team. Moving forward with rookie Mike Glennon at quarterback, the Buccaneers have a tough road ahead. He has a top target Vincent Jackson to throw to which should help out considerably. Doug Martin has been non-existent for this team as well, rushing for just 342 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Eagles have one of the lowliest units in the league thanks to an extremely poor secondary that gives up 326 yards per game through the air. The eighth-best scoring defense in the league is boasted by the Buccaneers. They also have the ninth-best run defense, but the secondary has not lived up to expectations this season.
PREDICTION: Eagles 27, Buccaneers 24