Buccaneers at Eagles Betting Preview

Published on 10/14/2021
By Scott Gramling
Philadelphia QB Jalen Hurts
Philadelphia QB Jalen Hurts will need to play well against Tampa Bay.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
Thursday 10/14, 8:20 p.m. ET

Three things you need to know before betting on Buccaneers-Eagles:

1. The Eagles have recently thrived as a home underdog, going 5-2 against the spread over the past seven times they’ve gotten points at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia is 7-4 over its past dozen games as an underdog of between 3.5 and 9.5 points since the start of last season, which includes a 4-1 against-the-spread mark when getting points in that range in home games.

2. Tampa Bay has struggled against teams from Philadelphia’s division in recent seasons, going 3-4 straight-up and 0-5-2 against the spread when facing NFC East teams over the past three calendar years. The Buccaneers are 2-7 straight-up and 2-6-1 against the spread in October road games since the start of the 2017 season. All but three of Tampa Bay’s past 19 October road games have gone Over the total.

3. The Eagles have tended to play relatively low-scoring games against conference opponents in recent years, as 16 of the past 24 games the Eagles have played against NFC foes over the past two calendar years have gone Under the total. That includes each of Philadelphia’s first two games of the 2021 season, both of which closed with a total of 49—neither game came close to that mark, with the Eagles winning their opener 32-6 in Atlanta, then losing 17-11 at home to San Francisco in Week 2. The Under in Philadelphia games against NFC opponents went to 3-1 in 2021 with the Eagles’ 21-18 victory in Carolina this past Sunday in a game that closed with a total of 46.5.

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