Eagles Vs. Buccaneers Betting Odds & Pick: Take Philly To Cover At Tampa Bay In NFL Playoffs

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wildcard Round, and weather could have an impact on this game Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

The forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of rain with winds reaching 24 mph.  Oddsmakers opened with the Bucs as a 9-point favorite, but the number dropped to -8.5 across the board, including DraftKings , as of Thursday morning. The total has dropped from an opener of 49 to 46 at PointsBet.

PHI Eagles vs TB Buccaneers Odds NFL Odds

NFL · Sun (1/16) @ 1:04pm ET

PHI Eagles at TB Buccaneers
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

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Philadelphia Eagles (9-8, 8-9 ATS) at Tampa Bay Bucs (13-4, 9-8 ATS)

Time: 1 p.m. EST

Line: Bucs -8.5 (46)

The skinny: Philadelphia, the league’s most productive rushing team, heads to Tampa Bay to face the defending Super Bowl champs, who led the league in passing yards behind Tom Brady.

Facts: This is a rematch of Week 6’s Thursday night game in Philly, won by the Bucs 28-22 as a 7-point pick. Tampa Bay throttled back after taking a 28-7 second-half lead.

Tampa Bay TE Rob Gronkowski didn’t play in that game and he’s back, but out for this one will be leading receiver Chris Godwin (IR, knee) and fellow WR Antonio Brown (no need to elaborate).

However, the Bucs might get back leading rusher Leonard Fournette, who has missed the past three games with a hamstring injury. He participated in drills Wednesday. It’s a good thing since the team’s second-leading rusher, Ronald Jones (ankle), was deemed doubtful by coach Bruce Arians on Wednesday.

On the Eagles’ side, their potent running game got a boost with RB Miles Sanders set to return after missing three games with a broken hand. Jordan Howard should play after resting last week in their “who cares?” 51-26 loss to Dallas in which Philly rested several key players with little to gain. The sloppy weather could play into the Eagles’ hands.

One more thing: The Eagles’ Nick Sirianni was one of seven rookie coaches to start the season. and he’s the only one to reach the postseason. If he manages to guide Philly to a victory here, it would mark the first time in 21 years that a rookie sideline boss led his team to a playoff win over the defending champs. New Orleans’ Jim Haslett did so against the St. Louis Rams in the 2000 season. It also would be Sirianni’s first victory against a team with a winning record this season.

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Analysis: That bit about a rookie coach facing the defending Super Bowl winners does sound alarm bells, but the Eagles are used to being playoff underdogs, winning four of their past five games in that role the past four seasons including three in their Super run.

And, sure, the records between the teams are pretty lopsided, with the Bucs having four more wins, but such hurdles have been cleared before. The last time there was such a gap between teams was 10 seasons ago when the host Broncos (8-8) beat Pittsburgh (12-4) 29-23 in OT on a Tim Tebow TD pass.

The Eagles should be well rested for this meeting after having their bye in Week 13 and then a pseudo bye last week vs. Dallas while the Bucs went all out to pulverize Carolina.

But, alas, the championship pedigree of Brady and his mates should prevail, but probably not enough to cover the number. Not in this miserable weather, anyway.

Eagles at Bucs Pick

Bucs 24, Eagles 20

Last week: 5-8 ATS, 8-5 SU

Season total: 125-131 (.488) ATS, 159-99-1 (.617) SU

Also read: Super Bowl 2022 Odds At DraftKings, FanDuel | Patriots Vs. Bills Betting Odds & PickRaiders Vs. Bengals Betting Odds & Pick 

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Bob Christ, based in New Mexico, has been a gaming writer (primarily the NFL) for almost four decades, with his work appearing in publications/websites across North America. He's a big fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks, Philadelphia's Eagles and Phillies, and inexplicably the NHL's Winnipeg Jets.

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