Sure enough, the Eagles opened as seven-point home underdogs to the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers for this week’s edition of Thursday Night Football. This much according to DraftKings Sportbook.
The line has actually already shifted with the Bucs now “only” favored by 6.5 points. Seems like some early money came in on the Eagles with the points.
Building the case for optimism isn’t the easiest thing to do following the Eagles’ Week 5 win. Philly’s head coach and starting quarterback hardly inspire unbridled confidence. The offense was downright abysmal for half of the game and got a huge lift due to three takeaways and one blocked punt. The defense is coming off a strong game but they’ve been destroyed by high-quality quarterbacks so far this season.
Eagles defense against Sam Darnold/Matt Ryan/Jimmy Garoppolo: 13.7 points allowed per game, 277.7 yards allowed per game
Eagles defense against Dak Prescott/Patrick Mahomes: 41.5 points allowed per game, 425.5 yards allowed per game
Tom Brady might very well go off against Jonathan Gannon’s defense. The 44-year-old simply isn’t showing signs of slowing down. He’s Pro Football Focus’s No. 1 overall graded quarterback through five games. He’s thrown 15 touchdowns to just two interceptions. His two picks came in Week 1 and one was a tipped ball off Leonard Fournette’s hands while the other was a Hail Mary throw.
The Eagles’ offense will get a more favorable matchup than Philly’s defense. On paper, at least. Make no mistake; Todd Bowles has earned a reputation as a really good defensive coordinator. But the Bucs are banged up in the secondary and Lavonte David might miss this week’s game.
There have been a lot of calls for Nick Siranni to run the ball more often but that’s not the wisest strategy for this week’s game. The Bucs allow just 2.9 yards per rush attempt, which is the top mark in the league. The Eagles are going to need Jalen Hurts to come up big with his arm in the national spotlight. Hurts surely needs to be a lot better than he was in Carolina. Can he do it?
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