The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to lose key players and rack up wins.
Tom Brady threw two touchdowns on Thursday and Leonard Fournette scored two goals as the Buccaneers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 28-22.
Defending Super Bowl champions the Buccaneers (5-1) lost another cornerback when triple All-Pro Richard Sherman left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury, but their exhausted defense held on. good after Jalen Hurts rallied the Eagles from a 28-7 deficit.
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“It’s tough to win on the road,” Brady said. “Obviously we haven’t done our best so we have to get back to work… We have to improve. “
Playing with an injured thumb, Brady pulled out. The seven-time Super Bowl champion, 44, threw touchdown passes in Tampa Bay’s first two practices while shooting 11 of 12 for 121 yards.
His best play came after Hurts’ second touchdown and a two-point conversion brought Philadelphia down to six points with 3 minutes and 5 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Facing a third and seven of Philadelphia’s 45s, Brady escaped the pressure and threw a perfect pass to Antonio Brown for a 27-yard gain to extend the run and the Bucs ran out of time.
“It was a great run, a hell of a shot as Tom rolled out of his pocket,” said Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians. “Twice this year he slipped out of the pocket to the right and made a big play on the field. “
Brady finished 34 of 42 for 297 yards and one interception.
He insisted that his thumb, which was taped, was fine.
“I feel great, awesome,” he said. “It’s football season. I feel good.”
The Eagles (2-4) haven’t earned a win in three home games under rookie coach Nick Sirianni. They heard boos at halftime, but fought back to get closer.
“We were bad in the first half. Put me that one, ”Sirianni said. “There is no doubt that our offense has to be better to give us a chance to win. “
Brady’s two-yard touchdown pass to OJ Howard gave the Buccaneers a 7-0 lead.
The Eagles responded with a five-yard pass from Hurts to Zach Ertz.
Brady then hit Brown for a 23-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-7.
After two straight three-and-outs, Brady led the Bucs on another streak, with Fournette coming in from both to extend the lead to 21-7.
Tampa increased their lead to 28-7 when Fournette came in from that in the third quarter.
Fournette ran 81 yards and caught six passes for 46 yards.
“Having this year under my belt makes a big difference in understanding it,” said Fournette, who signed with Tampa Bay shortly before last season. “The sky is the limit for me.”
Brady was 19th of 22 before missing three straight passes late in the second quarter, including a deep ball intercepted by Anthony Harris that ended his streak of 227 no-pick.
Hurts struggled to throw the ball. He was 12th of 26 for 155 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
“I didn’t perform enough to win, clearly,” said Hurts. “The ball is in my hands every game, and I like it and I like it. I must be better. I am not doing enough to win. I’m not doing enough to start fast. I will be better.
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