The Philadelphia Eagles apparently learned a lesson.
They lost for the first time last week in Minnesota when they allowed four Viking touchdown passes. Today, the Eagles turned it around, intercepting three passes that led to 17 points in a 20-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And they did it against one of the least intercepted passers in the National Football League -- quarterback Doug Williams, who had only four passes intercepted in the first seven games of the season.
"Last week, we let it get away a little bit," said cornerback Herman Edwards. "But we regained some of our confidence today."
Eagles Coach Dick Vermeil, whose team plays Dallas here Sunday in a key NFC East game, agreed that the pass defense made the difference.
The winning points came on Tony Franklin's 32-yard field goal with 4:18 remaining. The Eagles got another touchdown after Richard Blackmore intercepted Williams for the third time. Wilbert Montgomery scored from the two-yard line with 1:30 to go.
Montgomery, who injured his shoulder blocking in the first half and left the game, came back and ran for 119 yards on 22 carries.
Buccaneer Coach John McKay said Tampa Bay (4-4) "made silly mistakes . . . We had a chance and we let it slip by."