The defending Super Bowl champions — and surging — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-1) visit the Philadelphia Eagles (2-3) Thursday to start Week 6 in the NFL.
Tampa Bay is a 6.5-point favorite at some Pennsylvania sportsbooks DraftKings and Tipico, and a 7-point favorite at others (BetMGM, Caesars, PlayUp) as of Tuesday morning. The Bucs are an overwhelming -310 moneyline favorite (DraftKings), -320 (Caesars, Tipico), -325 (PlayUp) and -350 (BetMGM).
Philadelphia comes in at +240 (PlayUp), +245 (DraftKings), +250 (Caesars, Tipico) and +275 (BetMGM). Over/Under point totals range from 50.5-51.5 points for gambling in Pennsylvania in the game that can be seen at 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX).
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady was 30-for-41 for 411 yards and five touchdowns on Sunday in a 45-17 home victory over in-state rival Miami Dolphins. It was the first time in his storied career (351 games) that he passed for 400+ yards and 5+ TDs.
The resurgent Antonio Brown led the way for Brady with seven catches for 124 yards and two TDs and Mike Evans added six catches for 113 yards and two TDs.
Eagles Comeback Win
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts completed 22-of-37 passes for 198 yards with no TDs and one interception, but helped his cause on the ground with nine carries, 30 yards and two TDs in a come-from-behind 21-18 road victory on Sunday at Carolina.
Hurts’ second score was a 6-yard scamper to give the Eagles the lead for good with 2:42 left.
However, the Eagles defense stepped up when they had to with three interceptions in a game (two by Darius Slay) for the first time since Week 2 of the 2019 season. Special teams provided a blocked punt that helped lead to Hurts’ heroics.
And the Winner is …
Prediction: The Eagles got some much-needed confidence and might have saved their season Sunday, but the jury is still out as far as what this team’s identity actually is.
Thursday night, on national TV, with a wild crowd on hand should help Philadelphia's cause. Hurts must continue to get the ball to his young and talented wide receivers, including last year’s Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, who had seven catches for 77 yards against the Panthers.
Hurts must also continue to use his legs when needed and the Eagles defense must continue to step up to contain some of Brady’s offensive options.
However, the Bucs right now are on a different level.
Brady has numerous options on offense at his disposal and could have tight end Rob Gronkowski back from a rib injury, which adds even more firepower. Oh yeah, their defense is not bad, either. Bucs 34, Eagles 21.