THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

BY ADAM GREENE

Tom Brady faces off against the last team to beat him in a Super Bowl when he brings his Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the City of Brotherly Love to take on the Philadelphia Eagles in what looks like a pretty OK Thursday Night Football game.

Brady already got some semblance of revenge in a 2019 meet up between the Eagles and Patriots. New England won 17-10 in Philly, with Brady finishing 26 of 47 for 216 yards, no touchdowns and no picks. The lone Patriots TD pass was tossed by Julian Edelman. It was one of only two touchdowns in the entire game.

This will just be the 20th all time meeting between the two franchises. Philadelphia leads it 10-9, but the Bucs have won two in a row. Their last meeting was in 2018, a 27-21 Tampa Bay win in a battle of quarterbacks (Nick Foles for the Eagles and Ryan Fitzpatrick for the Buccaneers) that are no longer on either team.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (+7.5, O/U: 52.5)

Location: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.  

Broadcast: FOX/NFL Network

Kickoff: Oct. 14, 8:20 p.m.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-1)

Tampa Bay comes into their short week after a dominating 45-17 win over the Miami Dolphins. Tom Brady had one of the best games of his career (and that’s a lot, but it still has to be up there), completing 30 of 41 passing for 411 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. Antonio Brown was his favorite target, catching seven passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Evans had six catches for 113 yards and a couple of TDs of his own. The Buccaneers defense sacked Dolphins back up QB Jacoby Brissett three times and forced two turnovers.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-3)

The Eagles found some life last Sunday in a 21-18 win over the almost relevant Carolina Panthers. QB Jalen Hurts did damage with his arm and his legs, throwing for 198 yards and rushing for 30 and two touchdowns. He did toss an interception. Rookie wide receiver Devonta Smith continues to emerge in Philly’s offense, catching seven passes for 77 yards. Philadelphia’s defense sacked Sam Darnold three times and added three interceptions to go along with it.

THE PICK

Here’s a not so fun fact if it’s cost you money this year; the Bucs have not covered a spread on the road this season. Granted, they’ve just played two away games, but one of them was at the New England Patriots and they never came close, winning 19-17. Tampa is 2-3 against the spread in 2021. Philadelphia has been in games this year and can seemingly turn it on at the worst possible times. I say the Bucs win, but once again don’t cover. Buccaneers 24, Eagles 20

Last week

Straight up: 12-4

Against the spread: 7-9

Season

Straight up: 53-27

Against the spread: 40-40

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