Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview (10/14/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Matchup Preview (10/14/21)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had lofty expectations after their Super Bowl-winning 2020 season, and the team’s lived up to them so far. The Buccaneers are sitting at 4-1 atop the NFC South, and QB Tom Brady hasn’t missed a single step. In last week’s blowout of the Miami Dolphins, Brady passed for 411 yards and five touchdowns without a pick. Their only loss of the season came against a talented Los Angeles Rams squad, and they’re going to be dangerous all season.
The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a win of their own, but have not been nearly as consistent so far this year. The Eagles beat the Carolina Panthers 21-18, but it’s a tough game to analyze as some would say the Panthers lost the game more than the Eagles won the game. Their only other win of the season came in Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons, a team that hasn’t inspired much confidence this season. The team has to pull out all the stops when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Thursday night. Here’s what you should expect in the game, from the best bets to the injury report.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Betting Odds
The most interesting matchup in this game is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers high-flying offense against the Philadelphia Eagles pass defense. The Eagles have been successful in holding opponents’ passing attacks back most of the season. However, that third-ranked pass defense comes with a bit of an asterisk. They held Jimmy Garoppolo, Matt Ryan, and Sam Darnold all under 200 yards but were unable to keep the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys out of the end zones, with their QBs combining for eight touchdowns and a pick. On the bright side, they still haven’t allowed a 300-yard passer this year.
I still expect the Bucs to get the offense rolling, which means the Eagles offense will have to do everything possible to keep up with Brady and company. The Bucs have allowed tons of passing yards this year, although many of those came against Dak Prescott and Matt Stafford, two of the best QBs in the league. Hurts hasn’t made me believe in him to the point that I think he can get his offense in the end zone enough times to match the GOAT. I could see the final score of this game making it seem closer than it actually seems thanks to some garbage time points. Expect the Buccaneers to cruise in their fifth win of the year and cover the spread.
My predictions: Buccaneers win 35-27, Buccaneers -6.5, over 52 points
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Date: Thursday, October 14
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Location: Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia, PA
TV Coverage: CBS
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR Chris Godwin (knee/ankle) Q, Qb Tom Brady (thumb) Q, TE Rob Gronkowski (ribs) O, C Ryan Jensen (hip) Q, S Antoine Winfield Jr. (concussion) O, DE Patrick O’Connor (calf) O, CB Sean Murphy-Bunting (elbow) IR, LB Lavonte David (ankle) D, LB Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) Q, CB Carlton Davis (quadriceps) IR
Philadelphia Eagles: TE Dallas Goedert (illness) Q, T Jordan Mailata (knee) Q, DE Derek Barnett (ankle) Q, T Lane Johnson (personal) O
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Analysis
Was anyone expecting a major slowdown from Tom Brady this season? No. But I’m pretty sure no one was thinking he’d be playing this well. Brady’s been lighting up defenses with 15 passing touchdowns in just five games. Even in a loss against the Rams, the ageless QB passed for a season-high 432 yards. The loss of TE Rob Gronkowski hasn’t slowed this offense down the past two weeks, but his potential return would be celebrated.
However, I’d like to see more from the Bucs running game. The team is only gaining 82 yards on the ground per week, close to the bottom of the league. Their leading rusher, Leonard Fournette, is averaging just 50.2 yards per game. The passing game has been keeping them in games thanks to the receiving talent of WRs Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown.
I’m a bit worried the Buccaneers defense will hold them back as the season goes on. After fielding the sixth-best defensive unit in the league and dominating in the Super Bowl last season, the defense is very middle of the road. They’re allowing 360.2 yards per game, but it’s a confusing number. They’re top-ranked against the run but the absolute bottom in the league against the pass. They’re allowing other QBs to average a 101.4 QBR with 314.4 yards through the air per game.
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Philadelphia Eagles Analysis
Even the sharpest NFL analyst probably doesn’t know what to make of this Eagles squad. The team is 2-3 under new head coach Nick Sirianni and is coming off a pretty lucky win against the Panthers. QB Jalen Hurts has put down decent numbers on paper this season. He’s thrown seven TDs to three interceptions with a few games over 300 yards. Additionally, he’s found some success running the ball, with 256 yards and three scores. However, he’s only had truly great games against the subpar defenses of the Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, and Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers and San Francisco 49ers both kept him under 200 yards through the air and without a single score.
The receivers have been looking pretty good so far this season. Rookie WR Deonta Smith has 314 yards and a touchdown, with TEs Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz combining for 376 yards and three scores. When it comes to the ground game, RB Miles Sanders needs to step up, as his 214 rushing yards don’t even lead the team.
The Philadelphia Eagles can’t stop the run this year, allowing 142 yards on the ground per game. However, their pass defense has carried them at times, with 194.8 yards through the air every week. This makes the upcoming matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers especially interesting given their pass-heavy playstyle. The pass rush has been successful thanks to one man: DT Javon Hargrave. In five games, Hargrave has 6 of the team’s 11 total sacks.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Daily Fantasy Picks
Sometimes it’s like the Buccaneers are cheating by fielding Antonio Brown as their third receiver. He just caught his 900th catch in a game that saw him haul in five balls for 124 yards and two touchdowns. He’s finding his groove and I think he’ll get even more looks if Gronk doesn’t play. Brown is listed at $5,900 on DraftKings, and I think there’s quite a bit of value given the fact he’s averaging 19.3 fantasy points per game.