“Every Guy From The Bucs Is Going To Be Severely, Severely Tested In Their 1-on-1 Matchups”

September 12th, 2018

Former NFL offensive linemen Ross Tucker might be the busiest man in NFL media, and that includes a pregame show gig for the Eagles on Philly sports radio.

For those still lost in ecstasy following the Bucs’ 48-40 whooping of the Saints on Sunday, Tampa Bay plays the Eagles in four days in Tampa.

Tucker hopped on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday and chattered about how the Eagles game is to wear teams down in the trenches on both sides of the ball. And, Tucker said, their head coach is typically better than yours.

Tucker was stunned how well the Bucs’ offensive line played against the Saints in their loud crib, he said, but he says every guy on the Bucs’ O-line will get a nasty test this time around.

“Chris Long looked like he still had it to me. Fletcher Cox is a bad man,” Tucker said, of the Eagles’ opening day performance. “”There’s a bunch of different matchups to watch. I think what makes the Eagles so good is unlike the Saints where it’s Cam Jordan and a bunch of guys. … I mean all the Eagles are good. Everybody they’ll have in on an obvious passing down, Hloti Ngata, Brandon Graham. I mean, all those guys can play. So every guy from the Bucs is going to be severely, severely tested in their 1-on-1 matchups. It’s going to be fun to see if they hold up.”

Remember, the Eagles are still deep on their D-line. Tucker didn’t mention defensive ends Michael Bennett (yes, that Michael Bennett) and their 2017 first-round pick Derek Barnett (6 sacks and two forced fumbles last season, including playoffs).

That group dumped Matt Ryan four times last week and Joe is especially concerned about the right side of the Tampa Bay line.

23 Responses to ““Every Guy From The Bucs Is Going To Be Severely, Severely Tested In Their 1-on-1 Matchups””

  1. Dapostman Says:

    Short passing game and running game will huge this week. I do expect the Bucs to take their shots when the Eagle safety’s vacate the deep end. They have to get Barber going early and often.

    #Get After It!

  2. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    This D can be had. The secondary is meh other then M. Jenkins. I am not as worried about the O Line as Joe. I AM worried about our own D Line. With rookies galore and guys who were signed off the street playing CB, we need to have some help up front against on of the best O lines in the NFL.

  3. BigMacAttack Says:

    Super Bowl hangover.
    Bucs 35 Eagles 10

  4. Anonymous Says:


  5. Says:

    This one won’t be about Fitz. This will be about coaching and guts. There will be adversity on offense. It’s going to take a team effort. We’re 3 point dawgs in our own crib. 6 points neutral, 9 points away. very close to what we were last week. I kinda like it. Time to see what the Bucs are made of.

  6. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    If the Eagels can get consistent pressure we won’t be seeing the same style offense as last game. If we can take advantage of the shots we get when we have time, maybe some screen plays or dumps offs for the Blitzes they bring, 1 on 1’s will only work if Fitz has time to throw, if we can handle this D-line the season looks good baring injuries.

    Go Bucs!!!!!!

  7. Easy Says:

    OJ Howard is the key to chipping and catches over the middle of the field.

  8. El_Buc941 Says:

    The matchup to watch is Jensen VS Cox! Also I wanna see how OJ does against the rush!if we can keep Fitzpatrick upright and clean and win this game then we are a playoff caliber offense.as for our defense any word on Vea Joe?

  9. Marc Says:

    Last week was an air show for the ages. Forget about it. This game will be much, much different. Who ever wins the line of scrimmage is going to come out on top. It’s going to be all about the ground game on Sunday.

  10. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Key to the game this week is going to be Nick Foles & Fitzmagic, foles throws up dud games after dud games and then catches scorching hot fire, he has looked like doo doo through the preseason and 3/4 of game 1 but the bucs defense made a millionaire out of case keenum among others…..fitz has his payday games in the past and then shows why he has played for 7 teams…this may be an ugly 17-10 game with both qbs stinking up Ray Jay…eagles run game is much better than the bucs right now and then FG kicking…ughhh

  11. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Super Bowl dream is over
    Bucs 33
    Iggles 17

  12. Loyaltotheend Says:

    No Wentz
    Lost their leading rusher in Blount
    No threats at receiver

    Let those trashy Philly fans melt in our stadium while our weapons expose their secondary

  13. unbelievable Says:

    This will Be a much harder game for us offensively. Anyone who doesn’t think so is fooling themselves.

    I would guess the final score will be around 27 – 23

  14. Pickgrin Says:

    Eagles are definitely beatable – especially if their offense plays like it did last Thursday.

  15. Casual Observer Says:

    IMO – The key is the DB coaching. Need to get smarter – and implement good adjustments during the game. If they do, the Bucs will roll.

  16. Jeff Says:

    Short passing game is what the Dr. ordered here. Eagles are a much better team. 27-17 Eagles.

  17. 813bucboi Says:

    yeah this will come down to the defenses…..who stuffs the run and gets after the QB the most will win…..


  18. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Bucs need to use a lot of 2 TE sets, lots of short slants and bubble routes, and a TON of play-action! Gotta also get Peyton Barber at least 20 touches. Eagles are a very good team, but they can be beat! Evans, Howard, Brate and our big receivers gotta out work and out muscle Philly for a victory. OLine needs a strong showing. Should be a fun game to watch.

  19. joestang Says:

    we need to control the clock and keep philly off the field. We also need the pass rush to step up and hound foles all game long. JPP’s break out game I hope.

  20. Brandon Says:

    I honestly don’t think the Bucs will be wearing down as quickly as the Eagles in the Florida heat. That being said, the obvious homer that wrote the article is correct. The Eagles have a lot of “good” defensive linemen… they’re good… all of them. Cam Jordan is excellent, Sheldon Rankins is good… the rest of the guys are average… so the entire offensive line will need to play well… but that being said… they each guy is just good… not unblockable, not elite, just good. Fletcher Cox is their best defensive lineman and will probably give us the most trouble when he is lined up over Benenoch. If we can handle him, we an handle the Eagles. Offensively, Foles has been horrible throughout the preseason and week 1. Their running game is okay, but their best pass receiver is a tight end. They aren’t scaring anybody on offense which should be good with our defense that doesn’t scare many either. I think we have a great shot at winning this game, particularly if DeSean Jackson is ready to roll. Just the threat of having him on the field will be huge.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    I hope the Bucs pull this game out. Yes the Eagles are beatable, but everyone keeps bringing up the fact that Foles has looked terrible all pre season and in their 1st game but seem to forget that he always plays like a hall of famer against us. I hope that trend ends this week and the defense keeps him in check. Gotta get a pass rush on him and our DBs gotta step up.

  22. Pryda... sec147 Says:

    I know our team is going to come and play not so sure about the Eagles I think they were a fluke last year as well as Nick Foles no1 is scared ! Ngata lol Bennett’s a backup! Heat and humidity will play a big part in this game and I think curry and beau gonna stomp their old team

  23. pick6 Says:

    big week for the TEs, blocking and catching