The 0-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers rolled into Philadelphia during Week Five and it was exactly what the Eagles needed. Donovan McNabb returned from his rib injury and didn’t miss a beat. Less than three minutes into the game he hooked up with Jeremy Maclin on a 51 yard touchdown strike and never looked back. He ended up throwing for 264 yards with three touchdowns and a nearly perfect quarterback rating.
DeSean Jackson was shut down on the day only having one catch but we got to see the breakout of Jeremy Maclin. After scoring early in the game, Maclin scored again in the second quarter, this time on a 40 yard pass from McNabb. He ended up with over 140 yards receiving on six catches to go along with his two scores. Earlier in the season we knew that Jackson and Maclin could be a very dangerous combination, but after this game people really started to get excited. The wide receiver position was never something outstanding during the Andy Reid era but it now seemed that we had two young wide receivers who could be a force for a long time.
To add to that, the Eagles continued to see consistent play out of tight end Brent Celek who had four catches for 58 yards on the day. The offense looked solid but they were beating up on bad teams so there were still question marks.
Against a not so great Tampa Bay offense, the Eagles defense also looked very good. They recorded three interceptions, three sacks, and a safety on the day while holding the Bucs offense to just 14 points. Covering the tight end continued to be a problem for them as Kellen Winslow had a big day for the Bucs. He accounted for both touchdowns and had over 100 yards receiving. Winslow is a good player but this game just foreshadowed the troubles the Eagles would have covering the tight end the rest of the season.
Overall, the Eagles won in the fashion they should have against a terrible team. Now, they were scheduled to travel out west next to take down another terrible team (but we all know how that would go).
Week Five Headlines:
Week Five Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Friday Five Pack: Week Five
Brent Celek: The tight end we’ve been waiting for
Do we really know what to expect from the Eagles the rest of the year?