Can secondary overcome the Hurts?

by Gary Shelton on October 14, 2021

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Pierre-Paul is injured, bug say he can play./TIM WIRT

Thursday, 3 a.m.

Once again, you fear the quarterback.

This time it's Jalen Hurts, but with the confused secondary of the Tampa Bay Bucs, it doesn't really matter who the passer is. This team can backpedal with the best of them.

Five times, the Bucs have played, and five times, the opposing quarterback has thrown for 275 or more yards. In five games, the Bucs have given up 13 scoring passes, which is third worsts in the NFL. They've given up a completion percentage of 72.9, which is fourth worst. They've given up an average of 101.4, which is in the bottom 10.

That brings on Jalen Hurts, who isn't in the elite level of quarterbacks in the NFL. Still, he can hurt you by breaking the pocket or finding the edge. Like Jacoby Brissett last week, he's probably going to work on soft underneath coverage to keep drives alive.

The Eagles' defense, frankly, isn't bad. But the 2-3 Eagles shouldn't be able to stay with all of the Bucs' weapons.

Prediction: Tampa Bay 30, Philadelphia 24.

In other NFL games. Green Bay 21, Chicago 16.

Pittsburgh 24, Seattle 20.

Dallas 27, New England 21.

In in college football:

USF 3, Tulsa 2.

LSU 21, Florida 20.

North Carolina 28, Miami 24.

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