The Eagles took care of business against a winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers team, coming out on the positive side of a 33-14 blowout on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Despite holding the Bucs to just 85 rushing yards and forcing three turnovers, don't expect cornerback Sheldon Brown to walk out of the stadium believing that the Eagles played up to their ability.
"You think that's championship football? No, that's not championship football. No way. Don't kid yourself," said Brown, who notched his third interception of the season late in the third quarter. "We didn't communicate well on defense. We gave up some big plays because of the communication. We have to improve."
The Eagles committed 10 penalties which resulted in 111 extra yards for the Bucs. The Eagles entered the game ranked No. 1 in the league in third down defense and allowed Tampa Bay to convert on 9-of-18 opportunities.
Next week the Eagles travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders before commencing the NFC East portion of the schedule with a Monday night showdown in Washington.
"Every NFC East game I've been in has been one of those knock-down dragouts. I can't remember a blowout," said Brown, apparently not recalling the 44-6 rout of the Cowboys at the end of last season. "We'll see where that goes. If we can eliminate the penalties and the communication errors, then we'll be a good football team. We'll see."
And Brown will make sure that the players on the defensive side of the football are accountable for their actions - even after a 19-point victory.
"Not when you're on my side because I'll let you know," Brown said. "I learned from guys that didn't accept people making mistakes."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 5:58 p.m., October 11