Philadelphia Eagles schedule: 3 Opposing defenses worth mentioning

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48. . . . Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 1. team

This might be the Philadelphia Eagles’ toughest game all season.

Okay, you saw what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense did to the high-powered Kansas City Chiefs in the most recent Super Bowl, didn’t you? Former Eagles head coach Andy Reid was befuddled. That happens to him in the playoffs from time to time. We all know that but stay with us here. There’s a point to be made.

Leading the Bucs defense is another former Eagles coach, Todd Bowles. he was in Philly in 2012, first as the secondary coach and eventually adding the title of interim defensive coordinator to his list of responsibilities. He got a raw deal as the defense, at that time, was truly atrocious.

He relies on a mix of well-designed coverage schemes and sending the blitz often from any and everywhere. You never know who’s coming when Bowles’ imagination starts working, and when you have guys like Ndamukong Suh, William Gholston, Jason Pierre-Paul, Lavonte David, and Shaquil Barrett at your disposal, just to name a few, it’s not hard to figure out why some experts are under the impression that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can get back to the next Super Bowl and win it all again.

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Oh, and we forgot to mention that the Bucs offense fields Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Cameron Brate, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones, and some dude by the name of Tom Brady. Week 6 could be a “Terrible, Horrible, No Good, and Very Bad Day” like that Alexander kid had a long time ago.