If Carson Wentz is truly going to make his 2018 debut subsequent Sunday, as some studies point out, he is going to want much more lend a hand than what the Eagles supplied Nick Foles towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Foles had little to paintings with after left take on Jason Peters, huge receiver Mike Wallace and working again Jay Ajayi all left with accidents within the first quarter (Ajayi returned to get started the 0.33 quarter).
Still, the Eagles just about pulled it off, in the back of a gutsy efficiency from Foles, who went 34 of 47 for 339 yards and a landing, and huge receiver Nelson Agholor, whose 2-yard landing reception with 2:46 left introduced the Eagles again from a 20-point deficit to inside six.
But the Eagles could not get the ball again till 19 seconds remained, sponsored up at their 10-yard line, and that wasn’t sufficient of their 27-21 loss Sunday.
Agholor completed with Eight catches for 95 yards and a TD.
The Eagles could not forestall Bucs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who two times threw 75-yard landing passes — the primary to ex-Eagle DeSean Jackson at the first play of the sport. Fitzpatrick went 27 of 33 for 402 yards and four TDs, his 2d immediately week throwing for a minimum of 400 yards and four TDs.
Still, the Eagles had a possibility to get again within the sport with a makeshift huge receiver unit of Agholor, Kamar Aiken, who simply signed ultimate week, and both Shelton Gibson or DeAndre Carter.
Malcolm Jenkins stripped the ball clear of Bucs tight finish O.J. Howard after a reception early within the fourth quarter, the Eagles down via 14.
But the Eagles confronted a fourth-and-10 on the Bucs’ 35. Foles, with nobody open, attempted scrambling round to discover a receiver sooner than heaving the ball towards Corey Clement close to the top zone.
Clement collided with Agholor and a Bucs defender and stayed down for a couple of mins sooner than getting up. Agholor was once down, too, however he were given up and stayed within the sport.
Fitzpatrick, filling in for suspended Jameis Winston, was once merely an excessive amount of. Just like ultimate week, he had one TD throw to every of his huge receivers, together with Middletown High School and Penn State superstar Chris Godwin.
Godwin completed with 5 catches for 56 yards. It’s his 0.33 immediately sport with a TD catch going again to the overall sport ultimate season.
Often, the Eagles (1-1) could not get out of their very own manner, particularly within the first quarter.
On the Eagles’ first collection on offense, Ajayi left with a again damage after a 7-yard loss — he was once tackled via former Eagle Vinny Curry. Later within the quarter, Wallace made his first catch as an Eagle, however that play was once negated via a penalty. Even worse, Wallace harm his ankle and was once carted off the sector.
At some level within the quarter, left take on Jason Peters left with a quad damage. He did not go back.
The Eagles have been additionally suffering from consequences. On one collection within the first quarter, they’d 3 immediately known as on them, surroundings up a third-and-41 from their 14. They did not convert.
Foles additionally misplaced a fumble.
Despite all of that, the Eagles handiest trailed 7-Zero after the primary quarter. They even tied the sport after an extended 13-play force that took up 6 mins, nine seconds on Corey Clement’s 15-yard run.
That euphoria lasted all of 1 play as Fitzpatrick hooked up with O.J. Howard on a 75-yard TD. Jordan Hicks dove for the ball on a medium-range cross over the center. Howard saved going and eluded Ronald Darby and went down the sideline.
The Bucs made it 20-7 on Godwin’s Eight-yard reception with 42 seconds left within the part. Somehow, the Eagles were given to inside field-goal differ with a couple of seconds left, however Jake Elliott’s 42-yard strive clanged off the fitting upright.
The Bucs appeared to be in regulate after Mike Evan’s Four-yard TD with nine:19 left within the 0.33 quarter, set up via Jackson’s 28-yard reception.
But the Eagles did not wilt within the warmth.
Ajayi’s 2-yard TD run made it 27-14, then Agholor scored from 2 yards out on fourth down with 2:46 left.
Just like that, the Eagles have been inside six.
But they could not get the ball again.
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