Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Buccaneers to Watch vs. Philadelphia

Five players to keep an eye on when the Buccaneers take on the Eagles in Week 11.

1. DE Jacquies Smith
There is a chance that Smith, who led the NFL in sacks after three games, will return for the Buccaneers on Sunday after missing three games with an ankle injury. Smith was able to participate in Thursday's practice, albeit in a limited capacity. Should he play, it would be a welcome addition. George Johnson, who played a significant number of snaps in Smith's absence, has yet to practice this week after suffering an ankle injury in last week's victory over Dallas.

2. RB Doug Martin
Martin's currently the NFL's No. 5 rusher with 706 yards. But he's averaged just 55 yards per game over the course of the past three weeks after earning 100 yards or more in the three games prior. He is set to square off against an Eagles defense that's allowing an average of 111.3 yards per game, which ranks them in the bottom half of the league.  

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  1. WR Mike Evans**
    Evans has been hitting his stride the past four games, recording 125 or more receiving yards in three of his last four outings. Evans is coming off of back-to-back 100-yard performances, but hasn't caught a touchdown since Week 6. He could benefit should Vincent Jackson, who's been sidelined with a knee injury, return to the lineup this weekend. Jackson hasn't been on the field since Week 6, leaving Evans as a primary target for defenses. 

4. CB Sterling Moore
Two weeks ago, Moore made his first start against the Giants and played 100 percent of the Bucs' snaps. He made his second start last week against the Cowboys and did the same, playing every snap the Bucs' defense was on the field. Over the course of those two weeks, he's played against two of the NFL's top receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Dez Bryant. In those two games, neither player scored a touchdown. 

5. LB Lavonte David
David is coming off his best performance of the season after earning 12 tackles, including one for a loss against Dallas. David's tackles were twice as many as any other Buccaneer defender. He also picked up a sack in Tampa Bay's victory. Through nine games, he leads the Buccaneers in tackles with 81. 

Photos of Buccaneers vs. Eagles matchups through the years.

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