Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Notable Numbers: Eagles vs. Bucs

For all you stat nerds, here’s just a couple numbers going into the Bucs’ Week Two matchup with the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.

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3 - DeSean Jackson ranks third in most touchdowns of 50+ yards in NFL history. The veteran wide receiver is now tied with Terrell Owens and Lance Alworth with 27 such plays. The trio ranks behind only Randy Moss and Jerry Rice. Jackson also recorded his 50th and 51st touchdown of his career last Sunday against the Saints. The first came on a 58-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and the next came on a 36-yard catch to give him two explosive plays for touchdowns on the day.

79.2 – That's how many rushing yards the Philadelphia Eagles allowed last season on a per game basis. The birds gave up an average of 306.5 total yards per game. Through one game in 2018, they gave up 299.0 yards to the Atlanta Falcons and 74.0 rushing yards, seemingly right on pace to continue their stifling ground defense. The good news is that Tampa Bay put up a combined 112 yards rushing in their Week One matchup against the Saints behind the efforts of running back Peyton Barber and mobile quarterback-extraordinaire Ryan Fitzpatrick.

132.0 – How many passing yards the Eagles had against the Falcons in last Thursday night's tilt between the two teams. That ranks them 31st in the league (yes, through one game). Last season they had 233.6 passing yards per game which placed them in the middle of the pack. It was a 6.23 yard per play average. Where they were effective was their ground game. The Eagles ranked in the top five in rushing yards per play with a 4.47 average. They also tied for second-most points per game scored in 2017 with 28.6. However, they only managed 18 points against the Falcons, but too early to tell if that's a true drop-off or just a fluke kind of game as both teams started the season.

111.7 – That's Philly backup quarterback Nick Foles' passer rating against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in two career games. He went a combined 54 for 82 and scored five touchdowns. Another stat that stood out, though? He's been sacked by the Tampa Bay defense seven times, which is tied for the third most of any opponent he's faced.

9 – How many defensive touchdowns the Tampa Bay defense has since 2016, which is tied for first in the league. Of those nine, five are pick sixes, which is also tied for the league lead during that span. They have four fumbles recovered for a touchdown including the one safety Justin Evans scooped up in Sunday's game against the Saints and ran in for the touchdown. Overall, the Bucs have 36 takeaways since the 2016 season which ranks third in the league. They had two total takeaways against the Saints and to be effective against Philly, the defense will have to step up in that way again.

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