Eagles 31

(3-3, 3-1 away)

Buccaneers 20

(0-5, 0-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 13, 2013

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 7 7 7 1031
TB 3 14 0 320

Top Performers

Passing: N. Foles (PHI) - 296 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: L. McCoy (PHI) - 25 CAR, 116 YDS

Receiving: R. Cooper (PHI) - 4 REC, 120 YDS, 1 TD

Nick Foles throws 3 TDs as Eagles hold off winless Bucs

Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Nick Foles is comfortable filling in for Michael Vick.

Philadelphia's backup quarterback threw for a career-high three touchdowns and ran for a fourth Sunday, leading the Eagles to a 31-20 victory over the winless Bucs.

"What we do offensively ... we don't change," coach Chip Kelly said. "He did a really good job of spreading the ball around to different receivers. ... I told him to let it rip. That's what we told him to do, and he did it."

Foles finished a long first-quarter scoring drive with a 4-run and threw scoring passes of 12 and 36 yards to DeSean Jackson. He also heaved a 47-yarder to Riley Cooper and threw 44 yards to Cooper to set up his second TD pass to Jackson.

The Eagles (3-3), with their new fast-paced offense that Kelly's sprung on the NFL after a successful college coaching stint at Oregon, joined the 2007 Patriots and 1983 Chargers as the only teams to gain at 400 yards in each of their first six games.

"I feel really comfortable here. I feel comfortable with our personnel, our plays, everything," Foles said. "It helps when you have a great relationship with the players, the coaches, and when you go into the game you're all on the same page. ... Everybody stuck together, and it was another team win."

With the injured Vick active but not playing, Foles made his seventh career start and beat the Bucs (0-5) for the second time. He was 1-5 as a rookie a year ago, with that victory also coming on the road at Tampa Bay.

In the two games, the second-year pro accounted for 677 yards, seven touchdowns -- five passing and two rushing -- and no interceptions.

Kelly shrugged off a question about whether Foles has done enough to earn the starting job over a healthy Vick, who said he's not concerned about whether he's still No. 1.

"He's a great football player. He does exactly what he needs to do when he goes out on the field," Vick said. "That's not something I'm going to worry about. I'm worrying about getting healthy."

Foles completed 22 of 31 passes for 296 yards and no interceptions. NFL rushing leader LeSean McCoy gained 116 yards on 25 attempts, and Cooper finished with four receptions for 120 yards.

In addition to playing through a messy split with Josh Freeman, the Bucs also have been dealing with three members of the team being diagnosed with MRSA, a staph infection that's resistant to many common antibiotics.

Rookie Mike Glennon threw for 273 yards, including TD passes of 1 and 24 yards to Vincent Jackson in his second start for Tampa Bay, which benched Freeman before later releasing the 2009 first-round draft pick during the team's bye week. Jackson had nine catches for 114 yards, and Tim Wright had seven for 91 yards.

The Bucs played without receiver Mike Williams, who was inactive with a sore hamstring.

The Eagles won their second in a row to climb back to .500. Tampa Bay, which began with expectations of contending for their first playoff berth since 2007, have dropped 10 of 11 games dating to last season.

"We're a competitive franchise who's been on the short end of the stick too many times. We need to get on the right end of the stick. We've to play our way and coach our way out of it one day at a time. That's how you do it," Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said. "There's no magical answer. Stand to your convictions without being stubborn, and move forward."

The Bucs announced Thursday that guard Carl Nicks, who along with kicker Lawrence Tynes was diagnosed with MRSA in August, is being treated for a recurrence on an infection in his left foot. By the end of the day, a third player -- rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks -- was diagnosed with MRSA.

Nicks was inactive Sunday, however Banks was cleared to play, with the league and NFL Players Association saying a joint statement that a medical specialist met with the Bucs, supervised the inspection of the team's facilities, conducted medical examinations and agreed with the Tampa Bay medical staff that Banks did not pose a risk of transmission to other players.

With the Bucs opening the game with five defensive backs on the field, Banks made his fourth career start and had five tackles.

Vick was active but did not play after being injured during last week's victory over the New York Giants. Foles led an eight-play, 85-yard TD drive on Philadelphia's first possession, opening the game with a short pass that McCoy turned into a 44-yard completion and finished by scoring on a quarterback draw.

Game notes

The Eagles limited Bucs RB Doug Martin to 67 yards rushing on 16 carries. ... McCoy's 100-yard performance was his third of the season. His 630 yards rushing and 871 total yards from scrimmage are most by an Eagles player though the first six games. ... Tampa Bay had not allowed a rushing TD until Foles scored in the first quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2119
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6566
Total Yards425351
Yards per play6.55.3
Total Drives1311
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-31-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

phiTD11:51Nick Foles 4 Yard Run (Alex Henery Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 85 yds, 3:14
tbFG6:36Rian Lindell 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 20 yds, 4:06
tbTD14:54Vincent Jackson 24 Yard Pass From Mike Glennon (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 39 yds, 0:55
phiTD7:13Desean Jackson 12 Yard Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 54 yds, 3:20
tbTD1:08Vincent Jackson 1 Yard Pass From Mike Glennon (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 79 yds, 6:03
phiTD11:51Riley Cooper 47 Yard Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 66 yds, 1:58
tbFG10:52Rian Lindell 27 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 16 plays, 90 yds, 7:57
phiTD9:41Desean Jackson 36 Yard Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Henery Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yds, 1:16
phiFG2:38Alex Henery 24 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 49 yds, 5:29

Research Notes

Nick Foles is 2-0 with five TD passes and no picks on the road against the Buccaneers - he's lost all five of his starts elsewhere with more picks than interceptions and more than 100 fewer passing yards per game.
Nick Foles posted an 89.8 Total QBR against the Buccaneers, his highest Total QBR in any of his 7 career starts. Foles 2nd-half Total QBR of 99.95 (6-of-7 passing, 145 yards, 2 TD), trails only Cam Newton in Week 3 for the highest Total QBR (99.99) in a 2nd half this season.
The Broncos and Eagles make it four teams now that have tallied at least 400 yards in each of their first six games of a season.
The Eagles averaged 5.0 yards per rush inside the tackles on Sunday (99 yards on 20 rushes), which opened up the play-action game for Nick Foles in his first start of the season. Foles' average pass after play-action fakes traveled more than 9 yards downfield (2.8 yards without play action), and he connected on a pair of throws deeper than 35 yards downfield for touchdowns to DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper.

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