Bucs Travel to Philly For Thursday Night Primetime

This part of the schedule must be called “Tom’s Salute Tour” as it seems the Bucs’ last three games have been set up as a last stop tour for what is the greatest quarterback of all time. Next stop, on to Philadelphia for a showdown VS the Eagles on Thursday Night Football. This will be Brady’s first game against the Eagles since the Super Bowl loss to Nick Foles a few years ago. 

The Bucs have been finding ways to make it happen since the loss to the Rams a few weeks ago. Injuries won’t be stopping the G.O.A.T. from stepping onto the field. It was reported that Brady suffered a sprained thumb in last week’s statement win against the Dolphins.

The Bucs will be without Rob Gronkowski and Antoine Winfield Jr. for the second game in a row. Meanwhile, Lavonte David will also miss the game with an ankle injury. Questionable but expected to play are Ryan Jensen (hip), Patrick O’Connor (calf), Giovanni Bernard (knee/chest), and Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder).

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The spread might be correct, but the line could be wrong. 

This week’s matchup VS the Eagles will present itself just a bit different when the Bucs defense is tasked with containing second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts. Although the spread has the Bucs by 7, it’s hard to believe that the over/under for the game is still steadily at 52.5. This means most people are projecting a 27-20 Bucs victory.

There is no possible way that the Bucs are going to beat the Eagles by just 7 points, not after Brady making it known he still owns the AFC East, and looking to continue his ownership of the NFC East. Brady holds a 19-4 record all-time VS the NFC East. In 19 of those games VS an NFC East team, Brady has faced the Eagles seven times, winning five of those matchups, including Super Bowl XXXIX. In Brady’s five regular-season games against the Eagles, Brady is 4-1 with 10 touchdowns and just interceptions. The Eagles this season are averaging 23 points a game while the Bucs continue to score more than 30 points a game, averaging 33.4. Both defenses, though, are about even on paper, but that’s without mentioning that the Bucs are without Sean Murphy-Bunting and Carlton Davis III and Antoine Winfield Jr.

Keys to Victory: Containment and Consistency.

Although this Eagles team is just 2-3, they could surprise a lot of people, but I just don’t see the young quarterback besting the greatest of all time. The Eagles’ defense is giving up an average of 209 yards passing per game, while the Bucs’ offense has been blasting opposing defenses, averaging 361.6 yards passing per game. The Bucs rushing attack has somewhat improved to 82 yards per game, but the Eagles defense is allowing 142 yards per game on the ground so, you could see a lot more of Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette in the gameplan.

The Bucs defense will have their hands full when it comes to containing Jalen Hurts. The second-year player is leading the Eagles in both passing and rushing yards this season. Hurts under first-year head coach Nick Sirianni has added a new dimension to the Eagles’ offense. He not only has 7 TDs and 3 INTs, but he’s also hitting over 64% of his passes with a 93.3 RTG along with 256 rush yards and 3 touchdowns. Only Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson has more production on the ground. The Bucs front seven will need to watch Hurts when it comes to the RPO as that’s where he excels, and he becomes a threat. He’s been showing the entire world his ability during his college football career while attending both Alabama and Oklahoma. 

Prediction.

The Bucs will cover the spread plus some this week, as I’m predicting a 52-24 thrashing. The Bucs will also have a Defensive Player of the Week.

Written By Johnny Bowers

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