By Max Harper
The Eagles bottled up the Panthers QB Sam Darnold last Sunday, and Philly won.
But they discovered that Tom Brady is a completely different story.
The Eagles defense, as crafted by coordinator Jonathan Gannon, depends on the line to adding a layer to coverage by rushing the passer and forcing checkdowns or quick throws.
Fletcher Cox’s three interior pressures weren’t enough to affect Brady last night.
Linebacker Alex Singleton played the most snaps at the second level, but the Buccaneers dumped the ball off and forced him to tackle, and he failed to record a single defensive stop or tackle for loss. Often, he was finishing his tackles going in the wrong direction, landing on his back.
Singleton allowed 56 yards in coverage on first review.
The Eagles’ secondary allowed 11 first downs on 17 receptions, Darius Slay responsible for four.
Tampa Bay doubled up Philly in its gains of fifteen or more yards (4) against the Eagles’ forced incompletions (2).