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Foles throws for 296 yards, 3 TDs, Eagles beat winless Buccaneers 31-20

  • Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) spikes the football after scoring on a four-yard touchdown run during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) spikes the football after scoring on a four-yard touchdown run during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs past Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

    Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs past Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) is tripped up by Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Nate Allen (29) but scores on a 24-yard touchdown reception during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) is tripped up by Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Nate Allen (29) but scores on a 24-yard touchdown reception during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)  (The Associated Press)

Nick Foles threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 31-20 victory over the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Foles finished a long first-quarter scoring drive with a 4-run and threw TD passes of 12 and 36 yards to DeSean Jackson.

With the injured Michael Vick active but not playing, Foles made his seventh career start and beat the Bucs (0-5) for the second time. He was 1-5 as a rookie a year ago, with that victory also coming at Tampa Bay.

But unlike last December, he didn't have to throw a last-second TD pass for the win. He gave the Eagles (3-3) the lead for good with a 47-yard scoring pass to Riley Cooper in the third quarter, then gave his team breathing room with his second TD pass to Jackson.

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