Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles Player Props (10/14/21)

The Buccaneers are coming off their most dominant win of the season as they rocked the Dolphins to the tune of a 45-17 final score. Tom Brady threw for 411 yards and five touchdowns as Miami had no answers defensively and no ability to stay in the game offensively. Will the Eagles fare any better this week? Regardless, there are some intriguing opportunities to bet on player props in this game. Let’s dive into some of the best lines in this matchup.

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Jalen Hurts Over 288.5 Passing Yards

It’s been an up-and-down season for second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts, but he’s had some very productive passing stat lines when the Eagles have been behind in games. In games against the Cowboys and Chiefs, Philadelphia lost by multiple touchdowns. In those games, Hurts averaged 356.5 passing yards per game. The Buccaneers are dealing with injuries to several vital secondary pieces, including Antoine Winfield Jr., Carlton Davis, and Sean Murphy-Bunting, and that has left their pass defense very vulnerable. It isn’t always pretty for Hurts, but he should be able to do enough in garbage time to surpass this line.

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Miles Sanders Under 62.5 Rushing + Receiving Yards

There are several reasons as to why you should fade Miles Sanders in this matchup. The Buccaneers are allowing just 45.8 rushing yards per game, the fewest in the NFL, and 2.9 rushing yards per attempt, also the fewest in the NFL. Tampa opponents have entirely abandoned the run as they cannot get any movement against the likes of Vita Vea, Ndomakung Suh, and William Gholston. Additionally, the Eagles have integrated rookie Kenneth Gainwell into the offense more and more while showing a willingness to abandon the run when they get down in games. Sanders may be involved in the passing game, but he has not surpassed 63 yards from scrimmage since Week 1.

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Antonio Brown Over 62.5 Receiving Yards

While the Buccaneers have a ton of great pass-catchers at their disposal, Antonio Brown should not be overlooked with incredible value to the team. Brown has had 63 or more receiving yards in three of his four games this season and benefits from the level of defensive attention afforded to Mike Evans on the perimeter. Chris Godwin may be unable to play this week, or at the very least, he will be limited with ankle and knee injuries given the quick turnaround on Thursday Night Football. Above all else, back AB because he has seen seven or more targets in three of four games and is still one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL.

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Quez Watkins Longest Reception Over 19.5 Yards

I already wrote about Jalen Hurts being in for a solid passing game against a weakened Buccaneers’ secondary. Quez Watkins has emerged as a reliable big-play threat in the offense. In recent weeks, he has catches of 91, 41, and 53 yards and is a constant risk to take the top off the defense with his elite 4.35-second 40-yard dash speed and remarkable acceleration. Even if Watkins sits behind Devonta Smith and Jalen Reagor in the pecking order, he should be able to break off an extended play in garbage time as Hurts and the Eagles attempt to get back into the game.

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Zach Ertz Over 44.5 Receiving Yards

After being added to the reserve/COVID-19 on Tuesday, there is a high chance Dallas Goedert misses this game, given the short turnaround on Thursday Night Football. Even if Goedert does play, he is reportedly dealing with an illness, and Ertz could take on a more significant role. Ertz has surpassed 44.5 receiving yards in two of the team’s last three games and has 6+ targets in each of the past three. With the Eagles likely attempting to come back in garbage time, look for Ertz to have a productive receiving game.

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