Our first Monday Night Football game this evening is a matchup of two unbeaten teams in the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Eagles being 2-0 is a lot less surprising than the Bucs, as they entered the season with expectations to be fighting for the No. 1 pick in the draft more so than a playoff spot.
The Eagles vs. Buccaneers odds have moved a lot since they opened on Sunday night. Originally a 6.5-point favorite, Philadelphia is now -5 on the point spread in Tampa Bay.
Two years ago, Jalen Hurts struggled against this Buccaneers defense in two losses, including in the Wild Card round. Since then, however, Hurts has developed into a much better quarterback, leading the Eagles to a 19-1 record in his last 20 regular-season starts, as well as a Super Bowl appearance.
Only one of these teams will improve to 3-0 tonight. Which will it be? Our team of betting experts gives their Eagles vs. Buccaneers predictions, picks against the spread, player prop bets, and more.
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Eagles vs. Buccaneers Betting Lines, Start Time, and More
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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction
Eagles -225, Buccaneers +185
- Game Time
7:15 p.m. EST
Raymond James Stadium
- How To Watch
Bearman: Not all 2-0s are created equal, as we saw with Washington on Sunday. Give credit to the Bucs for starting 2-0, but now the NFC champs are coming to town.
I expect Hurts and company to move the ball at ease here to give the Bucs their first loss of the season.
The Eagles’ weakness this season has been their pass defense, but I don’t think Baker Mayfield and the Bucs will be able to exploit it.
I’d also play Jalen Hurts to score a touchdown like we did last week.
Picks: Eagles -5 (-110 at DraftKings), Jalen Hurts anytime touchdown (-105 at DraftKings)
Katz: There’s a lot more optimism surrounding Rachaad White after his admittedly much-improved Week 2 performance. Let’s not forget he faced the Bears. You could probably run for 60 yards against the Bears.
In Week 1, White carried the ball 17 times for 40 yards against a Vikings run defense that just allowed D’Andre Swift to run for 175 yards. Now, he gets an Eagles run defense that completely stuffed Alexander Mattison and Rhamondre Stevenson in each of the first two weeks.
Philadelphia has yet to allow a single run of 10+ yards. Stevenson and Mattison combined to total just 53 yards over the first two weeks.
White also has just one carry for 10+ yards on the season, and it came last week against the Bears for 13 yards. Essentially, this is a two-unit play on White split into two bets that I love.
Picks: Rachaad White under 47.5 rushing yards (-115 at DraftKings) and Rachaad White longest rush under 11.5 yards (+100 at DraftKings)
Katz: I’m also 100% buying a squeaky-wheel game for A.J. Brown after his blowup on the sidelines with Hurts last week. Off the field, these two are super close. Hurts is going to get his boy in the end zone this week for the first time.
Pick: A.J. Brown anytime touchdown (+135 at DraftKings)
Soppe: Did you know that WR1s have accounted for 45.8% of receiving yards against Tampa Bay this season? It’s a fact. They’re struggling against the opponents’ top target, and that leads us to the question, who is that player in Philadelphia?
You could argue that it’s DeVonta Smith (touchdown in both games this season, including a game-breaking 63-yarder last week), but I still side with size and label Brown as the WR1.
He’s underwhelmed, he’s voiced frustration, and guess what? Brown has more targets this season than Smith. Sportsbooks have Brown projected to hold the edge in both receptions and receiving yards, so I’m not alone here.
We all think the Eagles put up some points in this matchup, so why doesn’t Brown cash Katz’s bet on a chunk play to help me in the process?
Pick: A.J. Brown over 67.5 receiving yards (-114 at FanDuel)
Blewis: I like the Brown bets so far, as I agree with Katz that I think the Eagles will make it a priority to get him involved after last week. I mean, after he was complaining to Hurts about not getting enough targets in the middle of the game last week, they targeted him twice in the end zone on the very next possession.
But we’re here to give you a variety of suggestions, so I’m going to go with a different bet.
The Eagles’ offense has been surprisingly mediocre through two weeks this season. They’re too talented to not figure it out eventually, but it’s still early in the season, and they’re going against a Todd Bowles-led defense that Hurts struggled against in 2021.
Swift was a revelation last week, but the strength of this Bucs defense is stopping the run.
For Tampa, this will easily be Baker Mayfield’s toughest test to date. Philadelphia has given up a ton of yards this season, but they’ll have James Bradberry and Reed Blankenship back tonight in the secondary, and their pass rush remains one of the best in the NFL.
I also don’t expect the Eagles to continue forcing as many turnovers as they have through two weeks. Let’s play the under here.
Pick: Under 45 points (-110 at DraftKings)