Scouting Report: Philadelphia at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. Sunday

Eagles defensive end Trent Cole, left, rushes against Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith during last week’s game in Arlington, Texas. The Eagles’ defense has forced only 10 turnovers this season.

Records: Eagles 3-9, Buccaneers 6-6

Line: Buccaneers by 7½ points; Over/under: 47½

TV announcers: Dick Stockton, John Lynch, Jennifer Hale (FOX)

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Radio: 97.3, 94.1 FM, 610 AM

Forecast: Areas of fog in the morning. Then partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s near the coast and in the lower 80s inland. Southeast winds around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. (National Weather Service)

David Weinberg's pick: Eagles wilt in the Florida heat. Buccaneers 28, Eagles 20 (season record: 6-6)

Last time met: Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-14 victory at Lincoln Financial Field on Oct. 11, 2009. Eagles rookie wide receiver Jeremy Maclin caught two TD passes and fullback Leonard Weaver one. Bucs quarterback Josh Johnson threw three interceptions.

Eagles' best-case scenario: Rookies Nick Foles and Bryce Brown combine to help the Eagles snap their eight-game losing streak. Foles tosses two touchdown passes and has no interceptions. Brown rushes for 150 yards and does not fumble. Defensive end Trent Cole sacks Freeman twice. Alex Henery boots three field goals.

Eagles' worst-case scenario: The Eagles are mathematically eliminated from the playoff race with their ninth straight loss and 10th overall. Foles regresses and throws three interceptions. Bucs cornerback Ronde Barber relives the 2002 NFC championship game by returning one for a TD. Buccaneers running back Doug Martin rushes for 200 yards and three touchdowns.

Keep an eye on: Martin (No. 23). The rookie from Boise State is having a terrific season. He is tied for third in the NFL in rushing with 1,106 yards and is second with nine rushing touchdowns.

Notable numbers: Eagles lead series 8-7 but are 2-3 in Tampa. ... Eagles are playing in Tampa for first time since 2006, when Bucs place-kicker Matt Bryant made a 62-yard field goal to clinch a 23-21 win. ... Eagles are trying to avoid their first season with 10 or more losses since 2005. ... Brown has rushed for 347 yards in two starts, the second highest two-game total in franchise history behind Steve Van Buren's 379 in 1949. ... Bucs are celebrating 10th anniversary of their 2002 season Super Bowl title. They beat the Eagles in the NFC championship game to get there.

Assessing the offenses

Eagles: They scored a season-high 33 points at Dallas. Rookie Damaris Johnson's 98-yard punt return for a TD was the longest in franchise history. Foles played better against the Cowboys. Brown committed another costly fumble to ruin a great effort. The offensive line is starting to be more consistent. New right guard Jake Scott has been a leader. Wide receiver Riley Cooper is making the most of his opportunities.

Buccaneers: They've scored at least 23 points in 10 of 12 games and have topped 30 five times. Martin has been among the league's most productive backs. Freeman has recovered from an awful season in 2011 with 23 TD passes against eight interceptions. Former San Diego Charger wide receiver Vincent Jackson is his favorite target. Their offensive line also lost three starters to injury, including Pro Bowl guards David Joseph and Carl Nicks, but recovered nicely.


Assessing the defenses

Eagles: They brought back veteran defensive line coach Tommy Brasher after firing Jim Washburn in an effort to get more production out of the front four. Their 20 sacks this season are dramatically down from last season's 50. The defense has only forced 10 turnovers, the fewest in the NFC. Rookie linebacker Mychal Kendricks is in a slump. The secondary has been terrible for most of the season. Colt Anderson will start today in place of injured safety Kurt Coleman (chest contusion). Tackle Mike Patterson (viral pneumnoia) is also out.

Buccaneers: They own the league's top-ranked run defense, allowing 82.3 yards per game. They are very aggressive. They rank fifth in the NFC with 23 takeaways. Barber, 37, is tied for seventh in the NFL with four interceptions. The Bucs do not rush the quarterback well, however. They have just 18 sacks, including seven by defensive end Michael Bennett. They also are ranked last against the pass. Former Eagle Daniel Te'o-Nesheim is a starting end.


Assessing the coaches

Eagles: Reid has decided to go with youth.

Buccaneers: Greg Schiano has the team believing.



Eagles: All the pressure is off.

Buccaneers: They are in the playoff hunt.


Other views

Stephen F. Holder, Tampa Bay Times:

"Tampa Bay lost the final 10 games last season, its longest such streak since 1977. The fallout was significant. Coach Raheem Morris was fired. Players were sent packing. Those who remained were put on notice. If anyone can identify with what the Eagles are experiencing, it's the Bucs."

Key matchup

Brown (34) vs. Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (54). Brown is off to a tremendous start, though his fumble-itis has been troubling. He faces his biggest challenge today in David, a rookie weakside linebacker who leads the Bucs with 108 tackles.

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