Fresh off of Week 5 victories, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football. Tom Brady and Co. dominated the Miami Dolphins in an intrastate battle, while Jalen Hurts and the Eagles narrowly eked out a win against the struggling Carolina Panthers. Here are the NFL odds, TV channel, live stream, and listening information, as well as a prediction for the Buccaneers vs. Eagles TNF clash.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles prediction and odds | Week 6
Odds from DraftKings sportsbook.
Spread: Buccaneers -7
Moneyline: Buccaneers -335, Eagles +260
The Buccaneers are a touchdown favorite in this one after beating the Dolphins by 28. The Eagles will be confident after pulling off a gutsy performance in Carolina to earn only their second tick in the win column this season. However, I expect Tampa Bay to shatter that confidence in Week 6.
The Bucs are 4-1 straight up but only 2-3 against the spread (ATS). Conversely, the Eagles are 2-3, both straight up and ATS. Philadelphia has home-field advantage, but they are 0-2 at Lincoln Financial Field this season. For reasons we will delve into shortly, take the Bucs and the points this week.
Be wary of this steep Thursday Night Football total
As for the total, the over has hit in all but one of Tampa’s games this season. On the other hand, the under owns a 3-2 record in Philly’s games. This TNF battle currently owns one of the highest point totals (53) leading up to the week. Additionally, both offenses have scored 20+ points in four of five games in 2021.
However, while picking the under makes for an agonizing watch, 53 is just too much to expect from these two squads. Tampa just put up 45, so naturally, they will regress — even if just by a little. Meanwhile, Hurts and Philly have stuttered on that side of the ball, and I don’t see them righting the ship against the defending Super Bowl champions.
Buccaneers vs. Eagles prediction
Not only do the Bucs have the better QB, coaching staff, and overall roster, but — as the Twitter folks say — it’s not even close. Tampa Tom is on a tear this year, throwing 15 touchdowns compared to 2 interceptions. Furthermore, the team is first in average passing yards per game (349.4), rushing the ball a mere 103 times in five games (third-fewest).
Philadelphia has allowed a completion rate of 69% (sixth-highest) and 10 passing TDs (tied seventh-most), but only 6.6 yards per attempt (fourth-fewest). That is with playing two of the best passing offenses in the league already — the Chiefs and Cowboys. Nevertheless, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown are too much for even the best defenses.
While Hurts is markedly better than last season, the Eagles just do not have enough firepower. The rushing attack is nearly nonexistent outside of Hurts — he leads the team with 256 yards and 3 TDs. Moreover, the offensive line is banged up, with star OT Lane Johnson out, G Landon Dickerson questionable, and OGs Brandon Brooks and Isaac Seumola on IR.
While Tampa has their own injuries to deal with — DE Jason Pierre-Paul (questionable), LB Lavonte David (doubtful), S Antoine Winfeild Jr. (out), and TE Rob Gronkowski (out) — they should face little resistance in the City of Brotherly Love.
Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Eagles 13
How to watch and listen to Buccaneers vs. Eagles this week
Start time: 8:20 PM ET
Channel: FOX, NFL Network
Hulu + Live TV
NFL Mobile App
Amazon Prime Video
Sirius XM Radio
Local Tampa: 98ROCK
Local Philadelphia: 94WIP