When the Buccaneers run
If it weren't for
Robert Griffin III,
Tampa Bay running back
could be in the conversation for offensive rookie of the year. The Boise State product has rushed for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns. He accumulated 251 of those yards and four of those scores against the Raiders in Week 9. The loss of Pro Bowl guard
to a season-ending toe injury in October hasn't hindered the Bucs rushing game. They lost their other guard,
during the preseason. Left tackle
has been the Bucs' best run-blocker. The Eagles, who are the only team in the NFL that has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher, will be giving opposing offenses a different look up front with the departure of line coach
and his wide-nine scheme. The linemen will now be asked to read and react to the run, which should help the linebackers and safeties.
hasn't needed much help this season in defending the run. The Eagles middle linebacker recorded his team-leading 15th tackle for loss last week.
When the Buccaneers pass
The Eagles secondary is in pieces. During the six games that
has helmed the defense, opposing quarterbacks have averaged a 142.4 passer rating. The Eagles have allowed 16 touchdowns through the air and made zero interceptions during that span. The pass rush hasn't been consistent, but much of the blame falls on the defensive backs. Safety
is out with a chest bruise.
who had problems when he had to jump in for
late in the Lions game in October, will take his place. One of those safeties will spend a lot of time helping either
(50 catches for 1,014 yards). The receiver has been hitting home runs all season and averages an NFL-best 20.3 yards per catch. Tampa Bay's second receiver,
(43 catches for 718 yards), hasn't been a slouch, either. Quarterback
hasn't been very accurate this season (55.9 percent), but he has only eight interceptions against 23 touchdowns and has been aided by good protection.