The 2022 NFL Playoffs continue Sunday, January 16, with the NFC wild-card showdown at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, so we have prepared the best Eagles vs. Buccaneers betting pick and odds.
Phila meets Tampa Bay for the second time this season. Back in Week 6, the reigning champs outlasted the Eagles 28-22 as 7-point road favorites. The Bucs are firm 9-point favorites for this playoff clash, while the totals sit at 46.0 points on MyBookie Sportsbook.
The Eagles rested their starters in Week 18
The Philadelphia Eagles (9-8; 8-8-1 ATS) suffered a heavy 51-26 defeat in the meaningless Week 18 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. Gardner Minshew got the starting call and threw for 186 yards, a couple of touchdowns, and an interception, while the Eagles couldn’t cope with the Cowboys’ receiving corps and Dak Prescott, who tossed five TD passes on the night.
At least, the Eagles gave their best players a week off. Jalen Hurts finished the regular season with 3,144 yards, 16 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He also led the team in rushing yards (784) and rushing touchdowns (10), while Miles Sanders added 754 yards and seven scores on 137 carries.
Sanders hasn’t played over the last two weeks due to a hand injury. He should return Sunday against the Bucs, and the Eagles hope they’ll also get RB Jordan Howard back. Phila has found its identity in the second half of the season, running the ball as much as possible, so the Eagles desperately need their best running backs on the field.
Philadelphia has gone 4-0 SU and 2-1-1 ATS in four outings prior to that ugly loss to Dallas. During that stretch, the Eagles haven’t met the playoff team, outlasting Washington twice along with a couple of wins over the Jets and Giants in the process.
The Buccaneers trounced Carolina to clinch the No. 2 seed
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4; 9-8 ATS) extended their winning streak to three games in Week 18. They hammered the Carolina Panthers 41-17 and covered the spread for the second time in the last three weeks.
Despite plenty of injury problems on both sides of the ball, the Bucs have gone 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS over their last eight outings. Tom Brady had another tremendous season, tossing for 5,316 yards, 43 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, while Chris Godwin and Mike Evans both surpassed a 1,000-yard mark.
Godwin is done for the season due to a torn ACL, while RB Ronald Jones (ankle) is doubtful to play in the wild-card game. At least, RB Leonard Fournette and outside linebackers Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett are all expected to play against the Eagles.
The Buccaneers have yielded only 56 points over their last four contests. They had the third-best run D in the NFL this past regular season, surrendering only 92.5 yards per game. Also, the Bucs ranked seventh in sacks (47).
- 2-6 ATS in the last eight outings as underdogs
- 6-2 ATS in the last eight games overall
- 7-3 ATS in the last ten outings as favorites of nine or more points
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick
The Eagles are 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS in their last eight showings as underdogs. It’s tough to run efficiently against this Tampa Bay team, so the Eagles could easily struggle Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. With Pierre-Paul and Barret back in the lineup, the Bucs’ front seven could be unstoppable.
On the other side, the Eagles will try their best to slow down Tom Brady. It would be a tall order given the Eagles’ pass rush, as they posted only 29 sacks last regular season (31st in the NFL). I don’t feel comfortable with a 9-point spread, but the Bucs’ defense should make the difference and allow Brady and his offense plenty of chances to get things going.
Pick: Take Tampa Bay Buccaneers -9.0 at -110
When it comes to the totals, I would follow the betting trends, expecting the Eagles and Bucs to combine for at least 47 points. The over is 4-1 in Philadelphia’s last five games overall, 5-2 in the Eagles’ previous seven games against the NFC, and 5-1 in Tampa Bay’s last six contests played in January.
The Bucs are tallying 30.1 points per game. They’ve scored 28 or more in seven of their last eight outings. On the other side, the Eagles have hit a 20-point mark in five straight contests.
Pick: Go over 46.0 points at -110