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Tom Brady has thrown for two scores and Leonard Fournette ran for another as the Bucs lead the Eagles 21-7 in the second quarter tonight at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Brady threw a two-yard touchdown pass to tight end O.J. Howard on the opening drive to give Tampa Bay a quick 7-0 lead. After Jalen Hurts found tight end Zach Ertz for five yards to tie the game, Brady took the Bucs right back down the field, connecting with receiver Antonio Brown on a 23-yard scoring pass.

Good news, bad news for the Bucs secondary: Jamel Dean has an interception, but Richard Sherman was ruled out for the remainder of the game after leaving in the first quarter with a hamstring injury.

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Turnabout is fair play

Bucs cornerback Jamel Dean tackles Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) during the first half.

Bucs cornerback Jamel Dean tackles Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) during the first half. [ MATT SLOCUM | AP ]

The Eagles didn’t get an interception they thought they had in the second quarter. Instead, the Bucs did.

Cornerback Jamel Dean made amends for a 45-yard interference penalty that set up the Eagles’ first-quarter touchdown by picking off a Jalen Hurts pass for Quez Watkins at the Tampa Bay 28.

Jamel Dean with his weekly INT pic.twitter.com/JVBmwRNtwz

— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) October 15, 2021

The Bucs took their time taking advantage of the opportunity, driving 72 yards on 11 plays to extend their lead to 21-7 on Leonard Fournette’s two-yard run with just under two minutes to play in the half.

Regular Season/Playoff/Lombardi/TNF Lenny pic.twitter.com/L0F0AuftLw

— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) October 15, 2021

Upon further review …

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) [ MATT ROURKE | AP ]

Tom Brady nearly was intercepted for the first time in five games on the Bucs’ second drive of the second quarter.

On third and four from the Tampa Bay 45, Brady’s pass for tight end Cameron Brate was tipped by linebacker Alex Singleton and, according to the call on the field, intercepted by safety Marcus Epps.

No INT 🙅 pic.twitter.com/OgshVVezQa

— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) October 15, 2021

But the ball appeared to make contact with the ground, and the call was overturned following a lengthy replay review. Instead of an interception, the Eagles got the ball back on a punt on the following play.

It would have been the first interception in 219 pass attempts for Brady, who threw a combined 11 touchdown passes with no interceptions over his previous four games.

Carrying the load

Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands the ball off to running back Leonard Fournette (7) during the first quarter.

Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands the ball off to running back Leonard Fournette (7) during the first quarter. [ MATT SLOCUM | AP ]

Leonard Fournette did most of the work on the Bucs’ second possession, but Antonio Brown ultimately reaped the reward.

Fournette caught three passes for 22 yards and ran twice for nine more as Tampa Bay drove 75 yards on nine plays for its second score of the game.

But Brown got the Bucs into the end zone, catching a 23-yard pass from Tom Brady to put Tampa Bay ahead 14-7 in the final minute of the first quarter.

🆎 for 6️⃣ pic.twitter.com/hStQtz9wAW

— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) October 15, 2021

Running back Ronald Jones saw his first action on the drive, running once for four yards and catching a nine-yard pass.

Hurting themselves

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Jalen Hurts during the first quarter.

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) celebrates his touchdown with teammate Jalen Hurts during the first quarter. [ MATT SLOCUM | AP ]

The Bucs made a couple of tackles for loss at the start of the Eagles’ opening drive, twice dropping quarterback Jalen Hurts two yards behind the line of scrimmage.

But Tampa Bay penalties allowed Philadelphia to keep the 75-yard drive alive, and Hurts threw a five-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zach Ertz to tie the score at 7.

— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 15, 2021

With the Eagles facing third and 12 from their 23, Shaquil Barrett was penalized for a neutral zone infraction, and Hurts scrambled 11 yards up the middle to pick up the first down. Will Gholston was flagged later in the drive for encroachment.

But the play that really hurt the Bucs was a 45-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Jamel Dean against Jalen Reagor, moving the ball to the Tampa Bay 5.

Sherman leaves with hamstring injury

Bucs cornerback Richard Sherman walks on the field before the game.

Bucs cornerback Richard Sherman walks on the field before the game. [ MATT SLOCUM | AP ]

The Bucs’ banged-up secondary got more bad news, as cornerback Richard Sherman left early in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. He was replaced by Dee Delaney.

Sherman appeared to pull up after a downfield completion by Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts on Philadelphia’s opening possession of the night.

Sherman is out for the rest of the game with a hamstring injury — not what you want to see with an already depleted secondary pic.twitter.com/aOfgdf6yZ0

— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) October 15, 2021

The Bucs started the game without starting cornerbacks Carlton Davis (quad) and Sean Murphy-Bunting (elbow) and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (concussion).

Carryover effect

Bucs tight end O.J. Howard (80) celebrates a touchdown reception with quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first quarter.

Bucs tight end O.J. Howard (80) celebrates a touchdown reception with quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first quarter. [ MATT SLOCUM | AP ]

Tom Brady completed his last 12 passes Sunday against the Dolphins and seemed to pick up right where he left off Thursday against the Eagles.

He was 5 of 6 for 59 yards on the Bucs’ opening drive, culminating in a two-yard touchdown pass to tight end O.J. Howard in the back of the end zone.

OJ Howard gets his first TD of the season❗️ pic.twitter.com/iRevWR27Ic

— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) October 15, 2021

The Bucs only faced one third down on the drive, third-and-8 from the Philadelphia 16, and Brady found Chris Godwin for 10 yards and a first down at the 6.

Leonard Fournette carried four times for 16 yards as Tampa Bay did a nice job of mixing the run and the pass.

Bucs need to learn from last season’s loss in Chicago

Tom Brady (12) holds up four fingers, thinking it was only fourth down after the Bucs' final offensive play in a 20-19 loss Oct. 8, 2020 in Chicago.

Tom Brady (12) holds up four fingers, thinking it was only fourth down after the Bucs’ final offensive play in a 20-19 loss Oct. 8, 2020 in Chicago. [ JEFF HAYNES | Associated Press (2020) ]

This is when things began to go wrong for the Bucs last season.

Just over a month into the season. Only a single loss on their record. A Thursday night game after a short week of practice on the road against a mediocre opponent.

Last season, it was Chicago. Tonight, it’s Philadelphia.

The Bears sacked Tom Brady three times and hit him on eight other occasions in a 20-19 loss on Oct. 8, 2020. Defensive tackle Vita Vea left the field on a cart with a leg injury. The Bucs blew an early 13-point lead, and a Cairo Santos field goal put Chicago ahead with just over a minute remaining.

Tampa Bay’s last hope was extinguished when Brady lost track of downs on his team’s final possession.

The Bucs slipped to 3-2, then dropped three of their next seven games to fall to 7-5. Fortunately, that’s when they righted the ship, winning their final eight games, including a victory over the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55.

Can the Bucs avoid a similar fate tonight against the Eagles?

They’re coming off one of their strongest games of the season, a 45-17 dismantling of the Dolphins on Sunday. Brady played one of his best games as a Buc, passing for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns for the first time in his career while getting the ball to nine different receivers.

And, of course, Tampa Bay has the benefit of hindsight, allowing it to learn from its experience a year ago.

Injuries won’t help, as Brady, who smashed his thumb on an opponent’s helmet Sunday, and the Bucs are banged up. But they’re really in no worse shape than they’ve been at any other point this season.

Inside linebacker Lavonte David is out with an ankle injury suffered against the Dolphins. Tight end Rob Gronkowski (ribs, lung) and safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (concussion) also did not travel with the team.

Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder, hand), center Ryan Jensen (hip) and defensive lineman Patrick O’Connor (calf) are listed as questionable on the injury report but expected to play.

Win tonight, and the Bucs will have a chance to avenge that loss to the Bears in their next game. At home. On a Sunday. With nine days to prepare.

Who’s out

Inactives for #TBvsPHI ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/eS7ojyr2xE

— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 14, 2021

Gameday scene

Warmup mode 💪 pic.twitter.com/LNVqAsd5oE

— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 14, 2021

And the GOAT makes his trademark entrance (with a hearty fist pump toward the home fans). #Bucs #Eagles pic.twitter.com/6vGUwKAqaA

— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) October 14, 2021

Current temp: 73. Gorgeous night for ball here at The Linc #Bucs #Eagles pic.twitter.com/jAWwLyAcnz

— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) October 14, 2021

White & pewter for TNF 🔥 pic.twitter.com/cyz2giuYZ1

— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 14, 2021

In the zone.#GoBucs pic.twitter.com/ooZMBbYEsx

— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) October 14, 2021

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A read on the game

Here’s some of our content leading up to today’s game:

Rob Gronkowski, Antoine Winfield Jr., Lavonte David out vs. Eagles

Bucs’ big wins in Philly as plentiful as Rocky sequels

Brady’s distribution of the football is on point. Can he keep it going in?

Tom Brady named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

Tom Brady insists thumb issue is ‘no serious injury at all’

Jason Pierre-Paul plays on with shoulder injury, ‘finger split in two’

Tom Brady is a big part of the resurgence in Bucs’ run game

Hard to strut with a limp, but the Bucs defense is getting it done

Bucs removing Jon Gruden from Ring of Honor

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