The NFL Playoffs continue on Monday night as the Philadelphia Eagles will visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in NFC action. This will be the final game of the weekend, and it will help set the stage for the remainder of the postseason.
Philadelphia is coming into this game with a record of 11-6, but it was a very disappointing season for this team. The Eagles were big favorites to win the NFC East, but they finished with just one win in their last five games.
Tampa Bay got into the postseason as the champion of the NFC South Division, but they went just 9-6 this season. The Buccaneers ended the year by winning four of their last five games, and they are coming into this game with momentum.
The Eagles are three-point betting favorites on the road against the Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round.
Eagles Must Get Stops
The Philadelphia Eagles were a mess on defense this season, and that unit is going to have to step up their play in the postseason. Philadelphia allowed more than 25 points per game, and that’s just not a winning formula.
It has been the secondary that has really struggled this season, and they are going to face some great wide receivers in this game. The offense is scoring over 25 points per game this season, but they have struggled to take care of the ball.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for over 3,800 yards during the regular season, but he also struggled with his accuracy. Look for the Eagles to run the football a ton in this game in an attempt to slow things down.
Buccaneers Struggle to Score
Tampa Bay is going to have to score some points to win this game, but that’s not always something that they do well. The Buccaneers averaged just 20.5 points per game this season, but they did start to find more offense to end the year.
Baker Mayfield was able to get his career back on track in Tampa Bay as he threw for over 4,000 yards during the regular season. Wide receiver Mike Evans continues to be a weapon, as he had over 1,200 receiving yards this season.
The Buccaneers are going to have to prove that they can stop the Eagles, but that defense has allowed just 19.1 points per game. Tampa Bay will take some deep shots, but they can also shut down the Eagles.
Eagles Blow Past the Buccaneers
Tampa Bay is coming into this game with a ton of momentum, but they are fortunate that they played in a bad division. The Buccaneers started to find more offense as the season went along, but they will struggle to score points in this matchup.
Philadelphia has a chance to get a new start in the playoffs, and this is still a very talented team. The Eagles will get enough stops to set the tone in this game, and the offense is going to find some rhythm as well.
Bet the Philadelphia Eagles -3.0 as they are going to pick up a blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.