Eagles versus Buccaneers: 5 matchups that will decide Monday Night Football

The coming Eagles versus Buccaneers tussle on Monday Night Football is loaded with storylines and several key matchups that will ultimately tell the tale.
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Mike Evans and Chris Godwin versus James Bradberry and Darius Slay

Staring at both rosters in this one is a productive way to use one's time. It also helps shine a spotlight on individual matchups.

It feels like Philly can take advantage of knowing DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown will be matchup nightmares for Tampa in this one. Jamel Dean is talented but won't be able to limit either guy all afternoon. The latest Bucs injury report lists Carlton Davis III as 'day-to-day' with a toe injury.

On defense, Philly's all-star cornerback duo (James Bradberry and Darius Slay) will have their hands full with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. If Slay and J.B. are successful more often than not, the Eagles should be pleased with how this one turns out.

Brian Johnson's chess match with Todd Bowles

In the end, we obsess over stats and Fantasy numbers. Still, the most important measure in every NFL game will always be how many points both teams have scored.

Philly's offense will, at some point, get on track. It has to. There are also too many stars on this team to believe that it won't.

The Eagles can't rely on their defense forcing turnovers and short fields week after week. Brian Johnson and his unit must be efficient.

This week they'll be tested by former Eagles assistant/current Bucs head coach Todd Bowles. He's the owner of one of the NFL's great defensive minds. This chess match between him and Johnson might be the largest deciding factor in this game's outcome.

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