Ronde Barber, who will be calling this afternoon’s Eagles-Buccaneers game in the booth for Fox, is a name that doesn’t conjure many positive thoughts among Birds fans.
After all, it was Barber who intercepted Donovan McNabb and returned it 92 yards for a touchdown in the 2002 NFC Championship Game, sealing a Super Bowl appearance (and eventual victory) for the Buccaneers and sending the Eagles home in what would be the team’s last game played at Veterans Stadium.
“It was a big game and my play was a big play, but they have so many more,” Barber told The Athletic’s Greg Auman. “Three years prior to that, they were whupping our (butt) every time we played. So my retort to all those Philly people: Y’all beat us in the first round of the playoffs. Why didn’t you win that year? That’s what they need to ask themselves.”
Barber, in his fifth season in the booth for Fox, will be joined by his twin brother Tiki (who also has a long history with Eagles fans thanks to his 10 seasons with the New York Giants) and play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert.
Regardless of the announcers, Eagles fans looking for a free streaming option are in luck. The NFL is streaming all primetime, national and in-market games for free this season on both the NFL Mobile and Yahoo Sports apps. The only catch is the game can only be streamed for free on phones and tablets.
Here’s what you need to know about Sunday’s Week 2 matchup:
Eagles at Buccaneers: Week 2 game
When: Sunday, Sept. 16
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
Time: 1 p.m. kickoff
TV: FOX 29 (Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber, Tiki Barber)
Radio: 94.1 WIP (Merrill Reese, Mike Quick, Howard Eskin)
Spanish radio: La Mega, 105.7 FM (Rickie Ricardo, Gus Salazar)
Streaming: FOX Sports app (requires cable subscription), FutboTV, NFL GamePass (both require a subscription)
Mobile: NFL Mobile app and Yahoo Sports app (within the Philadelphia market)
Referee: Alex Kemp
As with every game, staff writers Zach Berman, Jeff McLane, Les Bowen and Paul Domowitch will be covering all the action live on Twitter. Our Eagles live blog, moderated by Jonathan Tannenwald, will launch at 12:45 p.m. Notes and observations about the game will be at philly.com/eagles and in our Early Birds newsletter.
Over on NBC Sports Philadelphia, Eagles Pregame Live, hosted by Michael Barkann and featuring Seth Joyner, Ray Didinger and Barrett Brooks, will air live at noon. Ed Rendell, the former Pennsylvania governor and Daily News columnist, will join the crew for Eagles Postgame Live following the game, which will initially air on NBC Sports Philadelphia+ until the end of Phillies Postgame Live. End Game, hosted by former WIP talker Marc Farzetta, will wrap up the day.
As far as local network pre-game shows go, FOX 29 will air Fox 29 Gameday Live at 10 a.m. (featuring Bill Anderson, Gary Cobb, Kristen Rodgers and Howard Eskin) and CBS3 will air CBS3 Sunday Kickoff at 10:30 a.m. (featuring Don Bell, Lesley Van Arsdall and Pat Gallen). NBC10 will air Eagles Gameday Kickoff at 9:30 a.m. (hosted by Danny Pommells) and Eagles GamePlan at 10 a.m. (featuring John Clark, Ike Reese and Mike Quick).
What to know about the Eagles
• Eagles fans might not have fond memories of Ronde Barber, but the former Buccaneers cornerback was wide receiver Nelson Agholor’s favorite player growing up in Tampa.
• Quarterback Nick Foles, starting the second week in a row in place of the injured Carson Wentz, nearly ended up signing with the Buccaneers during the 2017 offseason. His daughter Lily helped bring him back to Philadelphia.
• Among other things the Eagles will be battling today is the heat. It’s expected to reach 91 degrees by kickoff, and with the high humidity Florida is famous for, it’ll feel like 104 degrees to the players. “We’re not going to let it be a distraction,” said defensive lineman Fletcher Cox.
— Dave Spadaro (@EaglesInsider) September 16, 2018
What to know about the Buccaneers
• It appears former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson will be suiting up after reportedly clearing the league’s concussion protocol. Last week, Jackson scorched the New Orleans Saints with five catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and always has a chip on his shoulder when he faces off against his former team.
Bucs' DeSean Jackson has had good success against Eagles. He's 4-1 vs. his old team, with three 100-yard receiving games. Had an 80-yard TD in 2016, 81-yard TD in 2014.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 11, 2018
• Jackson isn’t the only weapon fill-in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will have at his disposal. In addition to fellow wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, the Buccaneers have two 6-foot-6 tights ends — O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate — who can also get down the field.
Eagles regular season schedule
Week 1: Thursday, Sept. 6
Eagles 18, Falcons 12
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16
1 p.m. – Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX 29)
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23
1 p.m. – Indianapolis Colts at Eagles (FOX 29)
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30
1 p.m. – Eagles at Tennessee Titans (FOX 29)
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 7
4:25 p.m. – Minnesota Vikings at Eagles (FOX 29)
Week 6: Thursday, Oct. 11
8:20 p.m. – Eagles at New York Giants (FOX 29, NFL Network)
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 21
1:00 p.m. – Carolina Panthers at Eagles (FOX 29)
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28
9:30 a.m. – Eagles at Jacksonville Jaguars in London (NFL Network)
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 4
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11
8:20 p.m. – Dallas Cowboys at Eagles (NBC10)
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 18
1:00 p.m. – Eagles at New Orleans Saints (FOX 29)
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 25
1:00 p.m. – New York Giants at Eagles (FOX 29)
Week 13: Monday, Dec. 3
8:15 p.m. – Washington Redskins at Eagles (ESPN)
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 9
4:25 p.m. – Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (FOX 29)
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16
8:20 p.m. – Eagles at Los Angeles Rams (NBC10)
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 23
1:00 p.m. – Houston Texans at Eagles (CBS 3)
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30
1:00 p.m. – Eagles at Washington Redskins (FOX 29)