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Eagles vs. Bucs: Who Will Fly Away with the Win on Monday Night?

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  • Who: Philadelphia Eagles @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • When: Monday, Jan 14 at 8:15pm ET
  • Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
  • How to watch: ESPN/ABC

Save the best ‘til last. That’s what they say. We think it’s fair to say that’s not the case here on Monday Night Football.

Tampa Bay are your NFC South winners, but they’ve been far from convincing in a 9-8 season. The best of a not-so-great bunch, perhaps. Then there’s the Eagles. Another season of promise has quickly turned into a bit of a disaster. One of them will reach the Divisional Round. Let’s find out who.

For the Eagles, the second half of the season has been almost incomprehensible. The NFC East was sewn up with a 10-1 record. And then… What on earth happened?! Last year’s Super Bowl finalists dropped to 11-6 and still had the division in their hands – before a home loss to the Cardinals in Week 17. They’re the first team in history to reach 10-1 and not win 12 games. Philly simply shouldn’t be in this position. But they are.

The Bucs certainly go into this one feeling better about things. Baker Mayfield has protected the ball well this season, and he has two WRs who both went over 1,000 yards to sling it to. Mike Evans (1,255) and Chris Godwin (1,024) will be rubbing their hands at the thought of going up against what has become one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.

The two teams met at Raymond James Stadium in Week 3 and it was a convincing win for Philly, stifling the home team in a 25-11 win. But much has changed since, with the Eagles dropping like a stone while the Bucs discovered their identity. If both teams are at their best, there’s only one winner here. But football doesn’t work like that.

Will Hurts and Mayfield Both Hobble into Battle? Wild Card Showdown Hangs in the Balance

Quarterback chat. Both starting QBs could be hampered on Monday night, with Mayfield nursing an ankle problem and Jalen Hurts… well, hurting his finger in Week 18 against the Giants. At time of writing, Hurts has yet to throw a football since. It’s not ideal prep.

The Eagles have concerns at safety too. Reed Blankenship injured his groin in the same game and will be a big miss if he can’t suit up, especially with Sydney Brown (ACL) out for the year. That currently leaves just Kevin Byard as the only healthy safety on the active roster. Star receiver AJ Brown was another DNP but it’s hopeful he’ll be fine for Monday.

No Sweat for the Bucs: Healthy Home Team Ready to Battle Eagles

For the home team, there aren’t many concerns. Tackle Tristan Wirfs missed practice due to illness, and linebacker KJ Britt sat out as he continues to recover from the calf injury that ruled him out of their regular season closer in Carolina.

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Form Guide

Season Record

Philadelphia Eagles: 11-6 (2nd in the NFC East)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 9-8 (1st in the NFC South)

Previous Meeting

Buccaneers 11-25 Eagles (Week 3)

Final Five

Eagles: LLWLL

Buccaneers: WWWLW

FlashPicks prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We’re not expecting a classic and, if we’re honest, everything should point to the Eagles on paper. But recent form makes it impossible to pick them. On the road, with Jalen Hurts potentially struggling, we’re leaning towards the Bucs.

Picks:

Moneyline: Buccaneers (+136)

Spread: Buccaneers +2.5 (+108)

Total: Under 43.5 (-105)

Odds and spreads correct as of 01/10/2024

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