Good morning, Eagles fans. The Eagles lost their first meaningful game since last December on Sunday, falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 27-21. Philadelphia is now 1-1 this season, tied atop the NFC East. Doug Pederson will address the media at noon today, and the players will return to the NovaCare Complex on Tuesday as they prepare for Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. Here's what you need to know in our Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft.
1. Too Little, Too Late As Rally Falls Short
After trailing at halftime 20-7, the Eagles put together a late comeback in Tampa as the offense began to find a rhythm and the defense made plays, including a timely forced fumble by safety Malcolm Jenkins.
Ultimately, the comeback was not enough as the Eagles lost by a score of 27-21. Here is the full game recap from the Week 2 loss:
"I try to preach to our guys that a lot of times it's our execution," head coach Doug Pederson told reporters after the game. "It's what we do that really matters and we weren't successful in that area today. So, a lot of dejected players but there's a lot of football left and we'll get it fixed in the next couple of days and get ready for next week."
2. Jason Peters Declares He'll Be Ready For Colts
The All-Pro left tackle says he will play next week against the Colts after missing most of Sunday's game with a quad injury. He highlights Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro's news and notes from Tampa Bay.
3. Could Carson Wentz Return This Week?
ESPN's Adam Schefter provided the following report on Sunday.
Coach Pederson was asked about it after the Bucs game and said he would address Wentz's situation later this week.
4. Explosive Plays A Problem For Eagles Defense
Tampa Bay set the tone on the first play from scrimmage Sunday with a 75-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeSean Jackson. It wouldn't be the last big play for the Buccaneers - nor would it even be the last 75-yard touchdown pass. Fitzpatrick and the Bucs burned the Eagles with big plays all game, as Dave Spadaro writes:
"We have to execute, and we didn't," cornerback Ronald Darby said. "We knew how good they were coming in, but we didn't do our jobs. We didn't tighten things up when we needed to. That's disappointing."
5. Nick Foles Can't Replicate Tampa Magic
Foles was solid and nearly mistake-free against Tampa Bay. But he couldn't do quite enough in the second half to make up for a slow first half. The offense lacked rhythm for much of the game and couldn't muster more than a few plays of more than 20 yards. Any game could be Foles' last start of the season as Wentz's recovery continues and, in this game, Foles just couldn't do enough to get the win:
"I think the thing I take away from this game is how hard we fought," Foles said. "Tampa Bay played a tremendous game, they fought extremely hard as well ... but I was really proud of my teammates and the coaches for fighting throughout all the adversity."
Check out all of the best photos from Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 16, 2018.
6. 'No Panic' As Eagles Suffer Setback
The Eagles seemed to take control of the game in the fourth quarter of yesterday's loss. But offensive struggles in the first half and an inability to consistently slow down Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers' offense made a comeback difficult. The Eagles showed fight in their first loss of 2018, but Dave Spadaro has more on how it just wasn't enough:
"There's no panic, but we have to play better football," said Ertz, who gained 94 yards on his 11 receptions. "We had some key penalties, we turned the ball over (two fumbles), and we didn't sustain drives. It wasn't good enough."
7. Mr. Corey Clement Does It All
Darren Sproles did not play against the Buccaneers with a hamstring injury he suffered earlier this past week in practice. Jay Ajayi left the game early with a back injury, but returned in the second half. The burden of both the running and punt return game rested on Corey Clement's shoulders. Dave Spadaro has more on how Clement stepped up in the loss:
"It's basically what I asked for," Clement said after the game. "We're not a selfish team and I'm not a selfish person. It's great to be called on in certain situations, knowing the coaching staff trusts that I'm going to get the job done. Everybody wants to do better than the next person and I think that's why we're a great team."
8. Vote For The Toyota Player Of The Week
Several Eagles stepped up and played big roles in the loss to Tampa Bay, especially as others missed time with injuries. Vaughn Johnson has three standout players you can choose to be named the Toyota Player of the Week: wide receiver Nelson Agholor, running back Corey Clement, and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.