Bucs-Eagles Preview

January 4 – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will conclude the 2001 regular season at home against the 10–5 Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. The Eagles ended the Bucs' 2000 season in the first round of the playoffs last year by downing them, 21-3. Will the Bucs avenge their humiliating loss in a game that appears to be nothing more than an exhibition? Buccaneer Magazine has the Bucs-Eagles preview.

MATCHUP: Philadelphia Eagles (10-5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-6)

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida

WHEN:: Sunday night, Jan. 26 at 8:30 p.m. ET. on ESPN

PLAY-BY-PLAY: : Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann and Paul Maguire

LAST WEEK: The Philadelphia Eagles won the NFC East Division title by downing the New York Giants, 24-21.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens at Raymond James Stadium, 22-10.

LAST SEASON The Philadelphia Eagles finished in second place in the NFC East Division, and made it to the second round of the playoffs before being eliminated by the New York Giants.

THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET: Dec. 31, 2000: The Philadelphia Eagles embarrassed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the playoffs last season, 21-3. Temperatures were below 40 degrees at kickoff and the Pewter Pirates were dominated by the upcoming Eagles.

BUCS-EAGLES SERIES: The Bucs and Eagles have split the all-time series, 4-4. They are 3-3 against in each other in the regular season and 1-1 against each other in the postseason. The Eagles won the last matchup, but the Bucs have won the three of their last four meetings.

BUCS ON PRIME TIME: The Buccaneers are 11-12 all-time in games played in prime time. Tampa Bay is 4-7 on Sunday Night Football. The Pewter Pirates are 4-3 at home and 0-3 on the road on Sunday night. But Bucs are 2-7 all-time in games played on ESPN.


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