Thursday Night Football features a matchup of NFC foes as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-1) square off with the Philadelphia Eagles (2-3). The Eagles will host this one at Lincoln Financial Field, with kickoff scheduled for 8:20 pm ET.
The defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers have won two in a row, including a big 45-17 win in Week 5. In the victory, Tom Brady was phenomenal, passing for 411 yards and five touchdowns on the night. Both Mike Evans and Antonio Brown eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the game, and both scored two touchdowns each.
The Eagles also found success in Week 5, beating the Carolina Panthers 21-18. Jalen Hurts only threw for 198 yards and no touchdowns, but he did have two rushing touchdowns in the victory.
Tampa Bay is the favorite Thursday despite playing on the road. They are -295 to win while the Eagles’ moneyline sits at +240. The spread features Philadelphia +7 (-120), and the over/under for total points is 52.5.
The Buccaneers are currently the favorite to win the NFC South at -430. The Eagles have the second-best odds of winning the NFC East at +750.
In terms of winning the Super Bowl, the Buccaneers have the second-best odds at +600. The Eagles are +12000 to win Super Bowl LVI.
By The Numbers
In their last 13 games, the Buccaneers are 12-1, and they are 9-1 in their last ten games on the road. In their last five games, the over has hit in four of them.
The Eagles have struggled in their last 13 games to the tune of a 3-10 record. In their last five home games, they are just 1-4.
Buccaneers Look To Keep Rolling
With the exception of a 34-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3, the Buccaneers have been unstoppable for most of the season. In a short week, they hope to carry over their dominance last weekend into Thursday night’s game.
Leading the way for Tampa Bay is future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady. This season, Brady has thrown for 1,767 yards, 15 touchdowns, and just two interceptions.
He has spread the wealth well as he has three targets which all have over 300 yards receiving. Mike Evans (393 yards, four touchdowns), Chris Godwin (366 yards, two touchdowns), and Antonio Brown (325 yards, three touchdowns) make up one of the most dynamic receiving corps in the league.
On the ground, Leonard Fournette has led the way. He has rushed for 251 yards and a touchdown. He also has 19 receptions for 167 yards.
Tampa Bay currently ranks tied for 19th in scoring defense, allowing 24.4 points per game.
Eagles Look For Major Upset At Home
At +240 to win, the Eagles are major underdogs in Thursday’s game. Head coach Nick Sirianni and quarterback Jalen Hurts will try to use that as motivation to pull off the upset against the defending champions.
Speaking of Hurts, this season, he has thrown for 1,265 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions. He has been even more dangerous with his feet, though. He has rushed 43 times for 256 yards and another three scores.
Miles Sanders has been the other weapon in the ground game. He has rushed 48 times for 214 yards.
Through the air, DeVonta Smith has been Hurts’ main weapon as he has 25 receptions for 314 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Philadelphia ranks 21st, allowing 24.8 points per game (29.5 at home).
Take The Buccaneers To Win And Cover
While the Buccaneers are heavy favorites, there are a couple of things going in the Eagles’ favor. First, given the nature of the short week with Thursday night games, sometimes they become unpredictable as to how teams will respond.
Furthermore, Tampa Bay employs a pass-heavy offense, and this season the Eagles have been pretty solid against the pass. In fact, they rank third in the NFL, allowing just 194.8 yards per game through the air.
Still, the Eagles are simply outclassed in this one as Tampa Bay is in the elite tier of NFL teams. Anticipate the Buccaneers not only winning but likely winning big as well.
Take Tampa Bay to both win and cover the seven-point spread.