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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Run Defense and Philadelphia Eagles’ RB Bryce Brown to Test Each Other

December 6th, 2012 at 8:46 PM
By Wolf Heard

One would think that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wouldn't have to worry about the running game of the Philadelphia Eagles, who will be without Michael Vick and probably LeSean McCoy on Sunday.

Not so fast.

Tampa Bay's league-best rush defense will still be tested in a big way thanks to a rookie that's been on an absolute tear the past two games.

Bryce Brown, an ultra-talented, speedy running back that had some troubling college years, has been nearly unstoppable since McCoy suffered a concussion in Week 11 against the Washington Redskins. McCoy's injury opened the door for Brown and he exploded through it.

In his first career start on Monday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers, Brown rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on just 19 carries. Last week, Brown followed that performance up with a 169-yard, two-touchdown outing against the Dallas Cowboys.

Brown has also had three costly fumbles in those two games as well, but he's still been insanely impressive.

The Bucs have been excellent at stopping the run and are allowing just 82.3 rushing yards per game this season. Only Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Washington's Alfred Morris have topped 100 yards against the Bucs' stifling run defense in 2012 so Brown better bring his A-game on Sunday.

Of course, with the Bucs losing two straight and needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, they're going to bring the A-game as well.

Tags: Bryce Brown, Football, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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