The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally had a strong primetime showing in their Week 6 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football.
Playing in Philly, the Bucs came away with a 28-22 win thanks in large part to the rushing and receiving of running back, Leonard Fournette.
With 127 all-purpose yards, Fournette led the way while quarterback Tom Brady was up to his usual strong showing, throwing for 297 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 102.1 quarterback rating, with one interception.
The leading receiver of the game for the Bucs was wide receiver Antonio Brown who brought in nine of his 13 targets for 93 yards and one score.
Fantasy football players who have Mike Evans on their roster will wake up disappointed as the star receiver had just two catches on four targets for 27 yards. Meanwhile, Chris Godwin had a better night with five catches on five targets and 43 yards, although zero touchdowns are sure to disappoint some.
Tampa Bay won’t be flying home disappointed, and defensive tackle Vita Vea continued his All-Pro caliber season with a dominating performance that won’t show up on the stat sheet (three tackles and one sack) as impressively as the film will show.
One victim of Vea’s strong play was Eagles running back Miles Sanders who ran for 56 yards on nine carries, but had one potential gain halted in its tracks by a very impressive play from the Buccaneers defensive tackle.
Philadelphia quarterback Jalen Hurts struggled to find a rhythm in the passing game after his first drive produced a touchdown, and completed less than half of his 26 pass attempts, throwing for 115 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.
The primetime matchup to watch heading into the night was Fournette and Eagles wide receiver, Quez Watkins. While his team didn’t get the win, Watson led his team with 44 yards receiving, catching three of his five targets.
After the rise of ‘Playoff Lenny’, ‘Lombardi Lenny’, and the recent discovery of ‘Regular Season Lenny’, Fournette’s ‘Primetime Lenny’ was a welcome change to usual Tampa Bay football under the lights.
Something fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will hope continues, when the team hosts Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears, in Week 7.
For more, check out the Locked On Bucs Podcast!