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Philadelphia Eagles vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick & Prediction, Sun Jan 16 01:00 PM

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: FOX
Logo Philadelphia Eagles
VS
Logo Tampa Bay Buccaneers
49.5
OPENNER
-8

49.5o -107
CURRENT
-7.5 +110

+260
MONEYLINE
-320

15
SCORE
31

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The Philadelphia Eagles head out to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers on Sunday morning. After a hard-fought last few weeks of the regular season, the Eagles earned a spot in the playoffs.

Unfortunately for them, they ended up with the seventh seed, forcing them against the No.2 seed. Taking on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers as your first game is as tough as it gets.

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are ready to make another push at a Super Bowl ring. They also played the Eagles earlier this season and won 28-22. Through the entire regular season, the Buccaneers only lost one game at home.

This left them with one of the most impressive home records in the NFL at 7-1. Will their dominance at home continue against the Eagles?

Eagles vs. Buccaneers Betting Lines

TV: FOX

MONEY LINE: Eagles (+320) vs. Buccaneers (-400)

SPREAD: Eagles +8.5 (-112) vs. Buccaneers -8.5 (-108)

GAME TOTAL: Over 46 (-110) vs. Under 46 (-110)

Eagles at Buccaneers Preview for Wild Card Round

As the Eagles head to Tampa Bay, they need to have their eyes on one player, Tom Brady. Brady isn't a mobile quarterback at all, but he's so experienced he brings a new kind of threat.

His ability to audible to the perfect play and spot zones put him among the most elite QBs ever. For the Eagles to win this game, their defense needs to put Tom Brady under constant stress.

We saw this work against the Buccaneers when they faced the Saints towards the end of the season. Brady was under constant pressure, and the Buccaneers didn't score a single point.

The Eagles need to take a play out of the Saints playbook and implement the same thing. If they can force Brady into quick decisions, they have a chance to shock the world and win this one.

It seems as if Tom Brady is trying to create another dynasty in Tampa Bay. They had an incredible regular season, finishing 13-4, but now their eyes are on something else.

Brady wants another ring, and he's going to do what he can to lead them there. The No.2 scoring offense in the league (28.39) will do what they can to help. The Tampa Bay defense is no slouch either.

The main player to worry about for the Eagles is DeVonta Smith. Smith is a great route runner and can go up and get jump balls. The other thing Tampa will need to do is prevent Jalen Hurts from escaping the pocket.

Hurts is the Eagles' leading rusher (784 yards), and Tampa can't afford to let him make plays with his feet. If he does, the Buccaneers could be in trouble.

Eagles at Buccaneers Picks

Eagles 17 - Buccaneers 30

The Eagles and the Buccaneers both performed about the same at the sportsbook this season. The Eagles finished with an 8-8-1 ATS record, while the Buccaneers went 9-8 ATS. That being said, we will point out that in their last three games, the Buccaneers are 3-0 against Philadelphia.

We'll also point out that the Buccaneers have a 6-2 ATS record at home and is 7-1 at home overall. They have a lot of points to cover, but we don't doubt they can pull it off. Their defense allows just 19.61 points per game, and they have one of the best offenses.

Take the Buccaneers to win, cover the spread, and move onto the divisional round.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last five games.

2. The Buccaneers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games.

3. The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last seven games against Philadelphia.

Best Bet: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -8.5

PREDICTION
Philadelphia Eagles
20
28
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Recap JAN 16TH 2022

Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns as the second-seeded Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened defense of their Super Bowl crown Sunday with a smooth 31-15 victory over the seventh-seeded Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC wild-card playoff game in Tampa, Fla.

Brady completed 29 of 37 passes for 271 yards in an efficient performance, enabling Tampa Bay to stay home next weekend for a conference semifinal. Mike Evans caught nine passes for 117 yards and a score.

Philadelphia's Jalen Hurts struggled for most of his first playoff start, connecting on 23 of 43 passes for 258 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Eagles weren't able to run the ball successfully until the game was out of reach, enabling the Buccaneers to tee off on Hurts.

While Tampa Bay sacked the mobile Hurts just twice, it mounted steady pressure and did a solid job of covering his wide receivers. Sixteen of Hurts' completions were to tight ends and running backs.

The Buccaneers set an immediate tone by marching 75 yards on the game's first possession. Giovani Bernard got the score on a 2-yard run at the 10:05 mark of the first quarter.

Tampa Bay made it 14-0 with 25 seconds left in the quarter when Ke'Shawn Vaughn plunged in from the 1 to finish a 70-yard yard that lasted four minutes. On its next possession, Tampa Bay chewed up 53 yards and nearly five minutes to set up Ryan Succop's 34-yard field goal that made it 17-0 with 9:20 remaining in the half.

By that point the Eagles had managed just one first down on three possessions.

The Buccaneers used Eagle turnovers to put the game away in the third quarter. When Jalen Reagor muffed a punt, Ross Cockrell recovered for Tampa Bay, and five plays later, Brady hit Rob Gronkowski with a 2-yard touchdown pass.

Two minutes later, Hurts was intercepted by Shaquil Barrett, and Brady hit Evans with a 36-yard touchdown on the next play.

Philadelphia made the final score respectable with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Boston Scott ran 34 yards with 12:08 left and Hurts hit Kenneth Gainwell for a 16-yard score with 4:45 remaining.

--Field Level Media

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