After a Week 1 win over the Falcons, the Eagles will have had over a week since their last game as they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa. After an unbelievable performance against the Saints, Ryan Fitzpatrick looks to guide the Bucs to their second win of the season over Nick Foles and the Birds, who haven’t lost a game since that crap game against Dallas on New Year’s Eve.
The Eagles are favored at -3.5, according to our friends at Tropicana.
Our predictions are after the jump:
Chris: Remember when I said the Falcons would beat the Birds? Good times. Anyways, the big story surrounding Tampa is if DeSean Jackson plays or not. It looks like the Bucs won’t have their top two corners, and their o-line isn’t that good. Despite some weather concerns, I like the Birds in this one. Eagles 31, Buccaneers 17 (Eagles -3.5).
Jeff: 2 TDs from my lord and savior Corey Clement (one rushing, one receiving) and Ryan Fitzpatrick reminds everyone why he’s a low rent Kirk Cousins with a bad pick and a sack fumble. Despite NOT running Philly Philly for the third straight game, Eagles win. Eagles 24, Buccaneers 10 (Eagles -3.5).
Mike: Fitzpatrick was on fire and ripped the Saints apart last week. I was genuinely happy for him. Surprisingly, he has thrown for four or more touchdowns in a game seven times throughout his career. However, he only averages one touchdown and 225 passing yards during the following game.
Even though the Saints were thought to be much improved on defense, the Eagles D is an entirely different animal and showed how good it was in the win over the Falcons. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a pick 6 or fumble recovery for a TD in this game (or maybe even both). Foles will come out looking more confident after some bible reading and speaking to his wife. Look for an Ertz or Goedert TD (or maybe even both). Vegas is wrong on this one as it won’t be close. Eagles 31, Buccaneers 10 (Eagles -3.5).
Tim: It’s tempting to take the Bucs in this spot. They’re coming off an impressive offensive performance against a Saints squad that reverted to its 2016 form. Ryan Fitzpatrick has a ton of weapons at his disposal and, given time, he can get the ball to them.
However, the Eagles’ defensive unit is one of the best in the game. With Nigel Bradham back in the lineup, the one weakness that the Falcons couldn’t exploit is no longer available to the Bucs. My one lingering question is whether Nick Foles has the ability to exploit a terrible Buccaneers defense. The offense was out of rhythm in the first game, but they showed enough to convince me that they will score enough points to put away Tampa. Eagles 24, Buccaneers 20 (Eagles -3.5).
Coggin: The Bucs are coming off a shocking win against the Saints in week 1, but they’re banged up and squaring off against an infinitely more talented defense this week. The Eagles return Nigel Bradham this week and the talented pass rush will force Ryan Fitzpatrick, the pride of Harvard, into several horrendous throws. Eagles win the turnover battle 3:1 and roll to a two touchdown victory. Eagles 24, Buccaneers 10 (Eagles -3.5).
Phil: There are several things about this game I don’t like. The forecast is unsettled, and the game might be delayed or play might be suspended as a result. The predicted high temperature is 91 degrees; just the way the cold here can be an advantage for the Birds, this sort of wet sock heat might favor Tampa Bay. And the Eagles’ history against this team is a fairly unhappy one.
Ultimately, though, this pick is not as much a full backing of the Eagles as it is a statement that there is no way the Buccaneers can play like they did last week again a week later. The Bucs will regress, the Eagles will be a little sharper on offense, and Ryan Fitzpatrick won’t have much time to find anyone downfield. Eagles 30, Buccaneers 20 (Eagles -3.5).
Anthony: Don’t let last week fool you…Tampa stinks. They aren’t putting up anywhere close to 48 points. Not even half that. The Eagles defense is ridiculously good and the Bucs will struggle to score much like the Falcons did. Mike Evans will get his, but he can’t carry the offense alone.
As for the Eagles offense, it’ll be better than last week…but not substantially. They aren’t bad, but they’re just OK right now until Wentz gets back. Foles is good enough to manage it and the Bucs are a little weak over the middle. Expect nice games from the likes of Ertz and Clement. The Bucs keep it close for a bit, but the Eagles will pull away. Eagles 30, Buccaneers 16 (Eagles -3.5).
Bob: I was impressed with Tampa Bay’s Week 1 road win over the Saints last week. If good Ryan Fitzpatrick shows up, I think the Bucs will move the ball on the Eagles defense, but I can’t see them scoring into the upper 20s, which I think they’ll need to do in order to win this game. Tampa Bay is also banged up and the status of several key contributors is in doubt. The Eagles are healthier, more rested, and the better overall team. I don’t see the let down some are wary of heading into Sunday. Eagles 27, Buccaneers 20 (Eagles -3.5).
Russ: Ryan Fitzpatrick, meet Nigel Bradham. And Fletcher Cox. And Brandon Graham. And Chris Long. And Michael Bennett. On another note, Jason Peters looked better than expected in Week 1. The question this week: Can he stop Reggie Wh… Vinny Curry? Yes. The answer is yes. Sproles plays more out of the slot, breaks a slant for a TD and the JayTrain chugs into the end zone twice. Eagles 24, Buccaneers 13 (Eagles -3.5).
Kevin: Injuries in the Tampa secondary should theoretically allow the Eagles to find more success throwing the ball. I think it’s probably the same story as last week: Birds come out slow but the defense holds down the fort until Nick Foles finds a bit of a second half rhythm and does enough to get the road win. Eagles 20, Buccaneers 17 (Buccaneers +3.5).
Kyle: The line on this game is ridiculous. The Super Bowl Champions are playing a five-win team and are only 3.5-point favorites. The Eagles continue to get no respect and people act as if having Nick Foles is some serious detriment– the evidence of him, you know, winning the Super Bowl and then again beating the Falcons is lost on everybody, never mind that Tampa is also starting their (worse) backup. They are coming off a big game in New Orleans, where everybody has big games. That places breeds them. Get off it. They are not that good and the Eagles defense is, maybe, the best in the league. Eat me. Eagles 33, Buccaneers 12 (Eagles -3.5).