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Tampa Bay knocks the Eagles out of their game and out of the Playoffs

The Buccaneers won the Super Bowl last season with one of the healthiest rosters in the playoffs, and they fired most of those players this season. Despite having one of the most talented rosters in the league (five Pro Bowlers and two players on All-Pro teams), Tampa Bay has suffered injuries to key players on both sides of the ball all season.

The team’s leading running back, Leonard Fournette, missed time with an ankle injury. Tampa Bay All-Pro offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs injured his ankle early in Sunday’s game. Buccaneers threatening slot receiver Chris Godwin tore his anterior cruciate ligament against the Saints in December. Antonio Brown, whom Brady lobbied for the team to sign last season, was recently released by the team.

That left Evans, Brady’s third receiving target, struggling with a lingering hamstring injury. He caught nine passing for 117 yards on Sunday. After his touchdown in the third quarter, Evans somersaulted backwards into the end zone, seemingly ending any questions about his health.

After a 4-11-1 season in 2020 that was derailed by injuries and the struggles of starting quarterback Carson Wentz, the Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson, whose relationship with Wentz had soured. Pederson coached Philadelphia to a Super Bowl victory in the 2017 season. Team owner Jeffrey Lurie brought in former Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, a little-known candidate at the time.

After losing five of their first seven games, the Eagles have won six of their last eight games and clinched a playoff berth as the second team in the NFC East, behind the Dallas Cowboys, to qualify for the playoffs. playoffs. Sirianni was the only freshman head coach to lead his team to the playoffs.

However, many have wondered if the Eagles have been tested enough. Of those eight games, only one team, Dallas, made the playoffs. The Eagles have beaten the Broncos, the injured Saints, the Giants once in two games, the Jets and the Washington Football Team.

After Sunday’s game, Evans was asked who he would like to see in the next round of the playoffs. Evans, a receiver, took only seconds to respond.

“Whichever team plays the most men’s cover,” he said.