Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1/15/24 – Philadelphia Eagles will square off against Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an anticipated NFC Wild Card clash, with both teams showing extreme variance this season. Scheduled for Monday at Raymond James Stadium, this matchup promises not only survival in the playoffs but also to showcase some of the league’s premium winning picks.
Philadelphia’s offensive strategy this season has relied heavily on their running and receiving prowess. D’Andre Swift has been one of Philadelphia’s standout running backs, amassing 1049 rushing yards across 16 games with his agility helping break through defenses at crucial moments. A.J. Brown has become their primary receiver, amassing 1456 receiving yards over 17 games while maintaining an incredible combination of speed and catching ability – his rapport with quarterback Jalen Hurts has been one of its hallmarks!
On the other side, Tampa Bay Buccaneers possess their own set of weapons. Baker Mayfield has proven himself an outstanding quarterback by amassing 4044 passing yards; yet its rushing game – led by Rachaad White with 990 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns from Rachaad White – has caught more eyeballs than its passing attack. Combined together, these tools pose an insurmountable threat for opposing defenses.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1/15/24 Game Info
|Monday, January 15, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET
|Raymond James Stadium
|NFL Game Pass
Jalen Hurts QB vs. Baker Mayfield QB
Jalen Hurts, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, has had an extraordinary season, excelling at both passing and rushing aspects of the game. Hurts’ stats boast 352 completed passes out of 538 attempts for a 65.4% completion rate – showing both accuracy and decision-making skills. He has amassed 3858 passing yards at an average of 7.7 yards per attempt or 226.669 passing yards per game. His longest pass of this season covered 63 yards, demonstrating his skillful execution of deep throws. Hurts has excelled as an efficient quarterback with 23 touchdowns against 15 interceptions (a respectable touchdown-to-interception ratio which still needs improvement) and an overall passer rating of 89.1, notching 36 sacks for 222 yards lost due to mobility and awareness within the pocket. His performance as an efficient leader makes him stand out as well.
Baker Mayfield of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers displays a distinctive style. Mayfield completed 364 out of his 566 attempts, for an overall completion percentage of 64.3%. He has amassed 4,0444 yards in this season, averaging 7.15 yards per attempt and 237.9 per game; slightly surpassing Hurts in terms of yardage per game. His longest pass of the year covered 75 yards, showing off his strong arm and ability to connect on deep routes. Mayfield leads in touchdowns with 28, to 10 interceptions – providing him with an advantageous touchdown-to-interception ratio compared to Hurts. Sacked 40 times and losing 232 yards suggests quicker decision-making or improved protection may be necessary, while his passer rating of 94.6 places him amongst more efficient quarterbacks in the league.
NFL Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia Eagles -150, Total Odds: 44
The current betting odds favor the Philadelphia Eagles, albeit slightly. The -150 moneyline suggests a moderate confidence in their victory, while the total odds of 44 points indicate expectations of a moderately high-scoring game. The spread of -3 for Philadelphia reflects their slight edge, but bettors should be wary of the Buccaneers’ ability to cover, given their recent ATS performance.
Philadelphia Eagles Betting Trends
The Eagles have struggled against the spread (ATS), going 0-6 in their last 6 games ATS and 1-5 straight up (SU). This trend indicates an imbalance between expectations and performance that bettors should consider. Furthermore, their 1-5 record against straight up (SU) indicates their inability to close out games, with 7 of 8 road game performances having UNDER outcomes with total scores going UNDER in 7 of those contests.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Trends
Tampa Bay has fared much better against the spread, going 4-1-1 over its last five games ATS and 5-1-2 SU in their last six contests, showing their ability to secure victories. Like Philadelphia, they tend towards lower-scoring games; 6 of their previous 7 home totals went UNDER and could influence betting strategies concerning over/under wagers.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1/15/24 Betting Picks
Given recent statistics and trends, this matchup should be an intense battle. While the Eagles boast a superior record, their opponents the Buccaneers have demonstrated resilience and have exceeded expectations with each game they have won this season. Bettors should lean toward favoring the Buccaneers to cover the spread while total points may come under given both teams’ recent efforts to play lower scoring games.
In terms of prop bets, looking at individual performances such as Mayfield’s passing yards or Swift’s rushing yards could offer value. For the overall pick, while the Eagles are slight favorites, the Buccaneers at home, with their recent form, make them an enticing underdog pick. This game, with its intricate matchups and contrasting styles, is a perfect example of the unpredictability and excitement of NFL playoffs, offering a plethora of free football Wild Card predictions for enthusiasts and bettors alike.
Free Pick and Prediction: Philadelphia Eagles 21, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20