Week 11 Matchups: Eagles Defense vs. Bucs Offense

Another week, another frustrating Eagles loss.  The Bucs come to town this week coming off a hard fought 10-6 win at home versus Dallas.  Tampa’s offense is not a juggernaut by any means, but they still cannot be taken lightly especially by this inconsistent Eagles defense.  The defense will have their chances to create turnovers in this game against a rookie quarterback Jameis Winston.  Tampa has a very young offensive line protecting Winston which needs to be exploited by the Eagles impressive front three.  Outside of that the Bucs don’t have many down the field weapons besides second year wideout Mike Evans who can potentially give the Eagles problems.  This should be another frustrating, low scoring battle to enjoy.

Joe Hawley vs. Bennie Logan

This matchup should be a clear favor for Logan and the Eagles defense.  Hawley is an undersized, journeymen center who Bennie should push around with relative ease.  The defense needs to hold the ground game in check including Doug Martin to force Winston into predictable downs where the pass rush can get going.  Basically football 101 in a nutshell.  With this Eagles team in general anything is conceivable especially after that Miami debacle.  However, I see Bennie Logan winning often at the point of attack forcing the Bucs to become a passing team for the afternoon.

Player to Watch: RB Charles Sims

Sims is the change of pace back for Tampa spelling starter Doug Martin.  The Eagles did a relatively good job holding Dolphins running back Lamar Miller in check last week through the passing game.  The Eagles have been burned all year on short dump off passes which eventually lead to a first down.  Sims is the type of running back who can pick up those yards.  Two weeks ago at home against the Giants, Sims had 8 carries for 78 yards including a 59 yarder.  On the season the West Virginia product has 22 receptions for 251 and 2 scores.

Player to Watch: Demeco Ryans

Mufasa seemed a bit slow in his first game back from the hamstring injury he suffered in the Monday Night win versus the Giants.  Ryans rotated with Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks with most of his work being seen on early downs as usually is the case.  It’s nice to have Demeco back especially since Jordan Hicks went down for the year, but he must make some sort of impact or else he’s a liability in many areas.  Ryans had the most snaps out of all the linebackers with 48 surprisingly.  Kendricks had 40 snaps and Alonso was on the field for 30 defensive snaps.  The Bucs play less spread offense than Miami so Ryans could see increased action to help with the run game which quite frankly has taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks.

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