The Philadelphia Eagles (9-8) will take on the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4) in the opening round of the playoffs at Raymond James Stadium. The Eagles could not secure a victory in the season finale against the Cowboys, losing 51-26, pushing them to the seventh overall seed in the NFC. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers picked up a victory over the Panthers 41-17, clinching the second overall seed.
Philadelphia Eagles Betting Preview: Eagles Seek to Upset Buccaneers
The Eagles were losing several key players in the regular-season finale, including starting quarterback Jalen Hurt. It showed as the Cowboys pummeled the Eagles.
Be that as it may, the offense has been one of the biggest surprises in the league as they come into this matchup ranked 14th in total offense (359.9). Additionally, coach Nick Sciriani has led the offense to a number one ranking in rushing yards per game (159.7) while also accumulating 26.1 points per game.
Philadelphia has been very steady on the defensive side of the ball thanks to veteran leaders like Darius Slay Jr., who has three defensive touchdowns at the cornerback position, and Javon Hargrave, who leads the team in sacks with 7.5. Overall, the Eagles rank 11th in total defense, allowing 328.2 yards per game and holding opponents to 22.6 points per game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Preview: Buccaneers Look to Defend Super Bowl Title
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers concluded their 2021 season with a franchise-record 13th win of the year, while securing the number two overall seed in the NFC with a huge win over the Carolina Panthers.
The defending Super Bowl champions will hope for another long postseason run and are led by 44-year-old quarterback Tom Brady who led the league in yards (5,316) and touchdown passes (43). Additionally, the Bucs will hope to get several players back from IR after the team finished second overall in offense accumulating 405.8 yards and 29.4 points per game.
Defensively, the Buccaneers finished the 2021 regular season as the 14th ranked defense that is allowing 332.4 yards and 21 points per game. The defense is straight-up scary, boasting a slew of veterans like Shaq Barrett, who leads the team with 10 sacks, and Ndamukong Suh. Additionally, Tampa Bay finished the year with 29 takeaways, good for fifth in the league.
Betting Lines & Odds
Early betting odds on MyBookie have the Bucs as -7 home favorites, with the point total set at 51.
Free Betting Pick
The Philadelphia Eagles rested most of their starters in week 18 and should be refreshed entering the playoffs. But they’ll have to face the defending Super Bowl champions who have a plethora of experience playing in big games.
Despite owning the best rushing attack in the league, the Buccaneers feature one of the best run defenses in the NFL. The Buccaneers are 6-2 ATS as the home team and have conceded just 88.6 yards per game on the ground at home. Jalen Hurts can change games with his legs, but Tom Brady’s experience will be too much for first-year head coach Nick Sirianni.