A look at the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2021 statistical leaders

A look at the #Philadelphia #Eagles’ 2021 statistical leaders

The Eagles season is officially over after a 31-15 beatdown at the hands of the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers.

Philadelphia finished this process 9-8 overall, as Nick Sirianni led his team to a wild card berth in his rookie season, while Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith, and other young players were able to take huge steps as players.

With all eyes trending towards the offseason, here’s a look at the Eagles 2021 statistical leaders courtesy of Touchdown Wire.

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4 takeaways from first half as Eagles trail Bucs 17-0 in wild card round

4 takeaways from the first half as #Philadelphia #Eagles trail #TampaBay #Buccaneers 17-0 in the #wildcard round

The Eagles trail the Buccaneers 17-0 at the end of one half, and the results could have been visibly worse, as Tampa Bay left another 10 or more points on the field.

Philadelphia’s offense has been inefficient thus far, and the Eagles have five total first downs in the game, compared to the Buccaneers’ 15 first downs in the first half.

The Eagles will need a tremendous half of offensive football to get back into this game, and let’s look at four key takeaways from the first half of football.

Eagles vs. Buccaneers: Who has the edge at each position?

#Eagles vs. #Buccaneers #NFC #WildCard matchup: Who has the edge at each position?

It’s wild card Sunday in the NFL and the Eagles will get the first shot to pull off an upset when they visit the defending Super Bowl champions on FOX.

Jalen Hurts is the youngest quarterback in franchise history to start an NFL playoff game, while it’ll also be the largest age gap in league history, as the 44-year-old Tom Brady becomes the oldest starter.

There are several other intriguing position battles to watch, and we’re taking a look at who has the edge at each respective position.

Eagles inactives vs. Bucs: Sua Opeta to start at RG in place of Nate Herbig

#Eagles inactives vs. #Buccaneers: Sua #Opeta to start at RG in place of Nate #Herbig in #NFC #WildCard Matchup

The Eagles will be without two starters on Sunday after Sua Opeta and Josh Sweat were downgraded to inactive for the wild card matchup.

Tay Gowan, Kary Vincent Jr., Reid Sinnett, Andre Chachere, and Jason Huntley were also listed as inactive.

For Tampa, cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting is among seven Buccaneers ruled out as well, with Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette both out in the running game.

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Eagles’ Josh Sweat ruled out for matchup vs. Bucs after life-threatening medical situation

Ryan #Kerrigan will start against the #Buccaneers in place of Eagles DE Josh #Sweat after the pass rusher underwent a medical procedure to address a “life-threatening situation”.

The Eagles will be without starting defensive end Josh Sweat after he had a medical procedure on Tuesday following a life-threatening situation the team just announced.

Sweat was initially missed the first couple of practices this week with what team officials deemed an abdominal issue.

Sweat made the trip to Tampa but was listed as a game-time decision. With Sweat ruled out, Ryan Kerrigan will start in his place.

Here are several takeaways from the news.

7 key matchups to watch during Eagles vs. Bucs in wild card round

7 key matchups to watch during #Eagles vs. #Bucs in #NFL #SuperWildCard round

The 13-4 Buccaneers are set to host the 9-7 Eagles on the road in a home playoff game to open up the Sunday portion of the NFL’s Super Wild Card Weekend.

The Bucs and Eagles met in Week Six, with Tampa Bay holding onto a 28-22 decision at Lincoln Financial Field on a Thursday, after leading by as much as 21 points heading into the fourth quarter.

This is a totally different Philadelphia team and as the NFL’s leading rushing unit, the Eagles are catching Tampa Bay at a time when they’re most vulnerable on the ground.

Here are seven matchups to watch in Sunday’s game.

Eagles vs. Buccaneers: Can Philadelphia upset Tamp Bay in the wild card round?

#Eagles vs. #Buccaneers: Can Philadelphia upset Tamp Bay? #PHIvsTB #TBvsPHI #FlyEaglesFly#Bucs

The time for talking is over and the Eagles are a little under five hours from kicking off a wild card playoff game against the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

The weather could be playing a factor on Sunday, with torrential rain passing through in the morning, and almost 30-MPH winds circulating at game time.

The Eagles averaged a league-leading 159.7 rushing yards per game, and they’ll have both Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard available for Tampa’s top-ranked rush defense.

The Buccaneers ruled out wide receiver Cyril Grayson (hamstring) and running back Ronald Jones (ankle) for Sunday’s game.

Tampa is already without Chris Godwin (ACL) and Antonio Brown (release) and Grayson had a huge game in the season finale, and they also listed three players as questionable as well, as cornerback Carlton Davis was added to the injury report on Friday with a back injury. Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting is questionable with a hamstring injury. He was limited all week in practice. Wide receiver Justin Watson (quadriceps) is also questionable, but he was a full participant in Friday’s practice.

The Bucs have running back Giovani Bernard, linebacker Lavonte David, but will be without running back Leonard Fournette, who accounted for 127-yards and 2 touchdowns in Tampa’s Week 6 win at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Week 6 loss was the beginning of an offensive shift for Philadelphia after fans and experts were critical of Sanders logging just one carry in the first half of that loss. Sirianni started his shift towards a run-first philosophy in the loss to the Raiders and the rest is history after the Eagles roared into Detroit and nearly dropped 250-rushing yards (236) on the Lions.

Philadelphia’s momentum and confidence won’t stop there, as this is a team that battled with Tampa in Week 6 without Dallas Goedert, Lane Johnson and had to flip Jordan Mailata from left to right tackle.

Tampa’s weapons aren’t what they were earlier in the season and Jonathan Gannon’s biggest dilemma will be how he approaches containing star tight end Rob Gronkowski in the passing game.

Look for the Eagles to force Tom Brady and company into a contest where they are forced to take the underneath routes, play slow, plodding football, while Gannon plays a two-high look over the top that can prevent any huge plays.

This is a confident Philadelphia, filled with several guys who’ve played in important playoff games and if the Birds can withstand Tampa’s early punch, Sunday could provide the scenario for a dream upset, where Jalen Hurts outplays a legend.

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Eagles vs. Bucs: NFL experts make wild card weekend picks

#Eagles vs. #Bucs: #NFL experts make #wildcard weekend picks

The Eagles just hopped on a plane and the Birds are headed south, hopefully avoiding the winter weather as they prepare for a gigantic matchup against the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium.

The wild card weekend matchup on FOX is a rematch of a 28-22 Tampa win over Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field in a matchup that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated.

The Eagles have won seven of their past 11 games since that defeat, and the penchant for heavily running the ball was likely influenced by Miles Sanders having one single carry in the first half.

Eagles-Bucs Injury Report: Miles Sanders among 6 listed as limited participants

The #Eagles released their initial injury report for Sunday’s #SuperWildCard Weekend matchup with the #Buccaneers, and star running back Miles Sanders was among 6 listed as limited participants

The Eagles released their initial injury report for Sunday’s playoff matchup against the Buccaneers and running back Miles Sanders was among six players listed as limited participants.

Fletcher Cox, Jason Kelce, and Lane Johnson received their normal rest days, while star pass rusher, Josh Sweat was out with a non-COVID-related illness.

Eagles vs. Cowboys in Week 18 was ESPN’s most-watched NFL regular season in a decade

#Eagles vs. #Cowboys Saturday night season finale in Week 18 was #ESPN’s most-watched #NFL regular-season game in more than a decade

The Eagles and Cowboys are always good for business, but when both teams match up in primetime, it becomes a gigantic event.

According to ESPN’s Press Room, the Saturday night matchup at Lincoln Financial Field generated an audience of 20.3 million viewers on ESPN, ABC, ESPN Deportes, while the Chiefs-Broncos delivered 19.1 million viewers across the same networks, resulting in a Doubleheader Saturday average of 19.7 million viewers.

The first Week 18 Saturday double-header in the league was an amazing success with the Cowboys-Eagles now being the most-Watched Monday Night Football broadcast since 2009; Third Best in ESPN Era.

For the Cowboys-Eagles, with an ESPN and ABC only audience of 20,200,000 viewers, the NFC East showdown becomes MNF’s most-watched regular-season game in 12 years (2009 season) and the third most-watched MNF game in the ESPN era. For the Chiefs-Broncos, with 19,098,000 viewers on ESPN and ABC, the AFC West matchup is the most-watched all-AFC matchup in ESPN’s MNF era and the fifth most-watched game in ESPN’s MNF era, including the aforementioned Cowboys-Eagles game.

Only the Viking-Packers 2009 matchup (21,839,000) and the 2009 Patriots-Saints matchup (21,402,000).

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