NFL news of October 15, 2002

They own the longest winning streak in the NFL, are tied for the best record with four other teams, have the league’s top-ranked defense and are as healthy as they’ve been since training camp.

But the Buccaneers should be fearful of torn knee ligaments, sprained ankles and separated shoulders that might result from a loss at Philadelphia on day.

And that’s just the injuries fans might suffer from jumping off the Bucs’ bandwagon.

The Eagles have had Tampa Bay’s number, eliminating it the past two season with wild-card victories at Veterans Stadium.

In fact, while the Bucs’ five wins have come at the expense of opponents that are a combined 7-21, five of their next six games are against teams with .500 or better records.

So they could make believers with a win against the Eagles.

“Philly’s been our Achilles’ heel the last two years trying to win a championship,” cornerback Ronde Barber said. “This is the team that’s knocked us out. Guys will be geared up for this game. There will be no lack of motivation for the Philadelphia Eagles.”

— Rick Stroud, St. Petersburg Times “Up next for Bucs: nemesis.”

The Buccaneers lost to the Eagles in week 7, 20-10. It was their third straight loss at Veterans Stadium. They eventually defeated the Eagles 27-10 in the 2002 NFC Championship game.

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