Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Preview and Pick
9 Replies | 359 ViewsOn 10/07/2013 04:21 PM in NFL
The Philadelphia Eagles may have had their biggest win of the season in week five as they beat the New York Giants. The Eagles had to come from behind with a backup quarterback to get the job done. Now they hit the NFL highway to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fresh off a bye with a rookie quarterback under center. The Bucs will try and start the era without Josh Freeman off with a big win in front of the home crowd.
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds
The NFL betting line for this game opened up with the Eagles as (-1.5) point favorites. This line has switched for two reason. First, the early wagers coming in on this game heavily favor the Buccaneers and secondly, the Eagles have announced that Michael Vick will not be playing in this game. The line can now be found at a (Pk) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
In the win over the Giants Nick Foles filled in admirably for Michael Vick. His 84.6 Total QBR is the highest among 30 quarterbacks who have come off the bench and had at least 20 action plays during the last 3 seasons. It was announced that he will start this game. Coupled with Denver's 51-48 win over Dallas later Sunday, the Eagles are tied for first place in the NFC East with the Cowboys, so the Eagles cannot afford to look past this game with the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers have two things in their favor for this game. They are off a bye and extra time to prepare and the Eagles could be looking ahead to the game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The latest NFL betting trends in this game reveal some appealing wagering angles in this NFC matchup. The total has gone under in 8 of Philadelphia's last 12 games when playing Tampa Bay and the total has gone under in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games overall. Tampa Bay is 1-9 straight up in its last 10 games and that includes a 2-7-1 against the spread (ATS) angle. This is even uglier at home where the Bucs are 0-5 straight up and 1-3-1 ATS In the last five games. Philadelphia is 2-14-1 straight up in its last 17 games, but 6-3 straight up in its last 9 games when playing Tampa Bay.
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick
With plenty of time to go before kickoff of this week, I will wait to announce my pick when we get closer to game day. Check back the day of the event for my pick on this great game.