The Eagles couldn't have asked for a stronger start to their preseason. At the end of the first quarter, the Eagles lead the Buccaneers 14-6. Here's some observations.
1. On the opening play of the game, linebacker Najee Goode, who started in place of inactive Mychal Kendricks, forced a fumble on Tampa Bay's Kenny Bell which was recovered by safety Chris Maragos at the Buccaneers' 18-yard line. Three plays later, running back Ryan Mathews ran in the Eagles' first score of the preseason with a 5-yard touchdown.
2. With 11:03 remaining, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox sacked quarterback Jameis Winston to force Tampa Bay's second fumble in the first four minutes of the game. Another short three plays later, quarterback Chase Daniel made a diving leap into the end zone to put the Eagles in front 14-0.
3. The Buccaneers got on the board with 7:07 left in the opening period after Winston connected on 26-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Russell Shepard. Rookie second-round pick Roberto Aguayo failed to convert on the extra point attempt.
4. Quarterback Sam Bradford checked out of the game after the Eagles' early score. Guard Brandon Brooks suffered an injury to his right bicep. He will not return, but the injury is not considered serious.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveled to Philadelphia as the Eagles kicked off their preseason at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles took home the victory 17-9.