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Eagles vs Buccaneers Betting Odds, Picks, and Predictions for Wildcard Weekend Matchup

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by Daniel Coyle in NFL Football

Jan 15, 2022 · 1:29 PM PST

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
  • NFC wild card action kicks off on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Philadelphia Eagles
  • NFL betting expert Daniel Coyle is 7-6 against the spread and 11-2 betting totals to be +8.6 units overall
  • Read on for all the Eagles vs Bucs odds and Daniel’s picks ahead of Sunday afternoon’s matchup

NFC wild card action gets underway on Sunday, as the defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers play host to the Philadelphia Eagles as 8-point home favorites. The Buccaneers open their playoff drive on a steady 7-1 straight up run, capped by last weekend’s 41-17 rout of the Carolina Panthers. The Eagles nailed down the final NFC wild card by posted SU wins in six of their final eight contests, but closed out their regular season schedule with a crushing 51-26 loss to Dallas.

Philadelphia Eagles vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Philadelphia Eagles +8 (-110) +280 O 46 (-110)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -8 (-110) -365 U 46 (-110)

*Odds taken at DraftKings on January 15, 2022.

Kickoff for Sunday afternoon’s contest is set for 1:00pm ET at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers are given -365 odds to win the game. The implied probability from those moneyline odds suggests Tampa Bay has a 78.5% chance to win the game. If you bet $100 on the Bucs to just beat the Eagles, you’d only win $27.40.

Conversely, the Eagles moneyline odds are listed at +280, giving them a 26.3% chance to win on Sunday. (If you’re wondering why the two probabilities add up to more than 100%, it’s the vig sportsbooks charge.) If you bet $100 on the Eagles to beat the Bucs, you’d win $280.

Eagles vs Buccaneers Line Movement

The Buccaneers since opening as 7-point favorites, have climbed to -8 with the backing of 59% of bets placed. However, the Eagles have steadily attracted attention as the week has progressed, with 85% of the money wagered on Sunday’s contests going on Philadelphia.

The total has steadily dipped since opening at 49.5 despite 84% of bets going on the OVER, and now sits at just 46.

Eagles vs Buccaneers History

Sunday afternoon marks the second meeting of the season between these NFC conference rivals, and their first playoff matchup in two decades. The Buccaneers have held the upper hand in head-to-head action, posting victories in three straight versus Philadelphia including a pair of outright wins as betting underdogs.

However, it is the Eagles that hold the edge in recent playoff clashes with Tampa Bay, winning two of three meetings on home turf. The Buccaneers failed to cover as 7-point road chalk in a 28-22 win in Philadelphia back in Week 6. They have also struggled when the Eagles have visited Tampa Bay, going 2-3 SU and ATS in five home clashes.

Eagles vs Buccaneers Weather Report

Rain is forecast for early on Sunday before giving way to partly sunny skies, with temperatures expected to reach into the high 60s Fahrenheit by game time. It is also expected to be a blustery day in Tampa Bay, with winds gusting up to 37mph by mid-afternoon.

Philadelphia Eagles Enter Wildcard Weekend Hot

Winners in four straight heading into Week 18, the Eagles took a major step back in their crushing loss to Dallas, but still managed to edge out New Orleans for the final wild card on the strength of tiebreakers. Last week’s loss marked the Eagles’ worst defeat in over three years, and the second time they have allowed five scoring passes in a game this season.

The question facing the Eagles now is whether they can rediscover the defensive form that enabled them to limit opponents to an average of just 15.3 points during their preceding 4-0 SU run.

While the Eagles enjoying moderately good health entering the weekend, they will sorely miss defensive end Josh Sweat, who has been ruled out of Sunday’s contest due to illness. Sweat padded his team-lead sack total with 1.5 sacks in his last outing two weeks ago, and also racked up 45 tackles during the regular season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offense Firing on All Cylinders

The Buccaneers offense has been firing on all cylinders during their current 7-1 SU run. Tampa Bay has averaged 29 points per game over their past eight contests, a number that would be much higher were it not for their stunning 9-0 loss to the archrival Saints in Week 15. On the other side of the ball, the Bucs rush defense has gotten the job done, allowing just one total scoring run over their past six home dates.

Of course, the Buccaneers’ hopes of repeating as Super Bowl champs begin and end with the performance of Tom Brady. The 44-year-old has flashed playoff form in his past two outings, connecting on six total TD passes while averaging 368 passing yards per game.

While the Buccaneers have avoided major injury woes, they will be missing rusher Ronald Jones II for a second straight week due to an ankle injury. The team also saw a number of key personnel miss practice this week to tend to nagging injuries. Most notable among them is receiver Mike Evans, who is battling a nagging hamstring injury.

However, health concerns have not slowed down Evans, who has made four scoring catches over the past four weeks, capped by last weekend’s 89-yard, two-TD performance.

Eagles vs Bucs Pick

I don’t like Jalen Hurts to hang with the high-flying Buccaneers offense, in spite of Brady being without some key pass-catchers. Philadelphia will do enough offensively to help the game total go over.

The Pick: Buccaneers -8 (-110) – 1 unit; OVER 46 (-110) – 1 unit

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