PHILADELPHIA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used a thunderous start to take a commanding lead over the hosting Philadelphia Eagles and then cooled off midway through the second quarter and never managed to fully ramp back up. But, the Super Bowl defending champs were able to stay a step ahead and win 28-22 at Lincoln Financial Field. 

Tom Brady completed two touchdown passes, his 16th and 17th league leading offensive touchdowns. Leonard Fournette ran for two more touchdowns. In the final minutes of play, Jalen Hurts, quarterback for the Eagles, ran for two touchdowns to cut the Buccaneers’ lead down to six. The Buccaneers made a determined drive to win the game, utilizing the 3:54 remaining on the clock. 

Tampa Bay moved up to 5-1, tying their franchise record of the best start to a regular season. Philadelphia was at 2-4.

Brady began the game by throwing 11 of 12 passes in the first quarter for 121 yards. He also scored two touchdowns (to O.J., tight end). Howard, and Antonio Brown (wide receiver). After Rob Gronkowski’s injury meant that tight end Rob Gronkowski was unable to play, Brady passed the ball to six targets and Tampa Bay took a 14-7 lead after one quarter. Fournette’s first touchdown of the night expanded the lead to 21-7 with 1:56 left in the first half. 

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Fournette put in one his best performances this season. He ran for 81 yards and added 46 yards receiving on six catches.

This season, fifth-year Tampa Bay veteran who was signed after the Jacksonville disaster appears to be more at ease in the system. 

He had 367 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns last year. And through six games this season, Fournette has 251 rushing yards and 167 receiving yards.

Philadelphia had a difficult time getting their offense moving for the majority of the night. They converted only three third downs of 10 first downs. Hurts was the highlight with two running touchdowns and Zach Ertz’s touchdown pass.

Source: USAToday.com

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