The Eagles Running Back Dominance Shines in Victory Against Buccaneers

In a pivotal matchup against the Buccaneers, questions loomed regarding the Eagles’ running back rotation, especially with Kenny Gainwell returning from absence and D’Andre Swift fresh off a stellar Week 2 performance.

Swift seized the opportunity and emerged as the primary ball carrier, making the most of his role. He started the game, logging an impressive 43 snaps, leading the running backs with 54% playing time. While Gainwell also had a significant role, playing 37 snaps (46%), it was Swift’s night to shine.

Swift’s early dominance set the tone for the game:

  • Swift: 43 snaps, 16 carries, 130 yards (8.1 yards per carry), 1 catch for 8 yards
  • Gainwell: 37 snaps, 14 carries, 43 yards (3.1 yards per carry), 1 catch for 5 yards

Swift’s performance was remarkable, marking the first time an Eagles running back had consecutive 130+ yard rushing games since LeSean McCoy.

Other Offensive Highlights

  • Despite battling flu-like symptoms, Jalen Hurts played all 80 snaps, showcasing his determination and resilience. Four of his offensive linemen also played every snap.
  • DeVonta Smith was on the field for 79 of 80 snaps, leading the receiving corps, followed by A.J. Brown (66), Olamide Zaccheaus (44), and Britain Covey (4). Brown had a standout day with 9 catches for 131 yards, while Zaccheaus recorded his first two receptions of the season for 58 yards and a touchdown.
  • Dallas Goedert was a key contributor, playing 74 of 80 snaps, with Jack Stoll (41 snaps) and Grant Calcaterra (12 snaps) contributing to the Eagles’ 12 personnel formation.

Defensive Standouts

  • Reed Blankenship, Nicholas Morrow, and Darius Slay displayed exceptional endurance, each playing all 47 snaps.
  • James Bradberry’s versatility was evident as he moved between nickel and outside cornerback positions. Josh Jobe stepped in when Bradberry briefly left the field.
  • The Eagles’ defensive tackle rotation continued to impress, with Fletcher Cox (32 snaps) leading the way, and Marlon Tuipulotu making an impact with a sack during his limited eight snaps.

Edge Rushers and Linebackers

  • The edge rotation featured Josh Sweat (32 snaps), Haason Reddick (31 snaps), Brandon Graham (17 snaps), Derek Barnett (11 snaps), and rookie Nolan Smith (6 snaps).
  • Among linebackers, Zach Cunningham contributed with 36 snaps, while Christian Elliss rotated in for 8 snaps.

Overall, the Eagles’ performance showcased their depth and resilience, securing a notable win over the Buccaneers. The running back situation appears promising, with Swift leading the way, while the defense continues to shine.

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