Gambling With Gold TNF Preview Buccaneers vs. Eagles
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-1) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (2-3)
Line: TB -7
Moneyline: TB -300
The injury situation for both teams is worth mentioning and monitoring as we head into Thursday Night Football. Tom Brady hurt his thumb against the Dolphins, though he was able to practice on Wednesday. I would assume he’s good to go at near full strength.
Meanwhile, the Bucs defense is still dealing with a number of injuries than could leave them vulnerable against a running QB like Jalen Hurts. TB will be without their two starting CBs, who are on IR, and Lavonte David and Antoine Winfield are out.
The Eagles are dealing with their own set of injuries as Dallas Goedert will miss this game with COVID, while Lane Johnson is out while dealing with a personal matter. The Eagles will be down three offensive lineman with Johnson out, though they do have some unproven depth at the position.
The sharp money is definitely on the Eagles here as the line has gone from 7.5 to 7 and may end up at 6.5 by kickoff. While the Bucs are clearly the superior team, they don’t have the depth on the defensive side of the ball to deal with these injuries. At the same time, the Bucs offense is rolling right now and could absolutely destroy this Eagles defense that has been Jekyll and Hyde this season.
On Gambling With Gold Ep. 21 we discussed with Dan Turner why he believes the Bucs are in a position to crush tonight. He believes the TB offense will be able to throw the ball a ton, especially in the middle of the field, against the Philly defense. Moreover, he loves the over and believes the Eagles will be able to score, as well. His prediction was 45-28 Bucs.
I definitely lean towards the Eagles here and I think that the number of 7 is likely to hit on the nose. But there is no chance I am going against Tom Brady right now with the way that offense is rolling. I am staying away from the game line for now, but I do have some bets to place tonight.
Prediction: Bucs 30 - Eagles 23
Tampa Bay as teaser piece (from -7 to -1)
Fournette under 65.5 rushing yards
Antonio Brown over 65.5 receiving yards
Cameron Brate over 2.5 receptions
Quez Watkins over 21.5 longest reception