3 Bold Betting Predictions For Thursday Night Football: Eagles vs. Buccaneers
The Philadelphia Eagles, fresh off their biggest win of the season, host the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football in Week 6. The Eagles come into the game having just broken their 3-game losing skid with a 21-18 win over the Panthers. As for the Buccaneers, they’re 4-1 on the year with their lone loss coming to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3.
There are plenty of good odds available for our Eagles vs. Buccaneers predictions come Thursday Night. But, I’m going to be focussing on some under-the-radar picks that may not be on the front of everyone’s mind ahead of Thursday Night Football.
So, let’s take a look at some of the more interesting markets available for Buccaneers vs. Thursday Night Football and I’ll give you my prediction.
Eagles vs. Buccaneers Predictions and Picks: 3 Bold Betting Predictions
1. Player With Most Passing Yards – Jalen Hurts @ +142
This may seem like a bit of a stretch. Tom Brady is, by a fairly large margin, the best QB in football this season, even at age 44. Meanwhile, Jalen Hurts has had some success, but he hasn’t been consistent enough to really consider him going head-to-head with the GOAT. But, a look at the numbers makes me love this play, especially at +142 odds.
For starters, the Philadelphia Eagles pass defense is legit. Sure, they’ll give up points, but passing yards come at a premium. In their five games this season, the most passing yards this defense has surrendered was 278 to Patrick Mahomes. Three times the opposing QB has failed to throw for over 200 yards and they have allowed the third-fewest passing yards in the NFL this season.
I fully expect the Buccaneers to win, and score points fairly easily, but it would be a shock to see Brady finish with eye-popping yardage.
As for Jalen Hurts, he’s going up against a defense that will give up passing yards. Every single QB that has faced them this year has thrown for more than their season average in that game. They give up an average of 314 passing yards per game, good for dead last in the NFL.
2. Over 59.5 @ +210
As I said, there will be points scored in this game. So, I’m taking an alternate total tonight on Thursday Night Football. The total currently sits at 52.5. I’m adding a touchdown to it to get those +210 odds, and I think even at 59.5, it’s a really solid play.
The Eagles defense has been good against bad teams this year, and bad against top-tier talent. They have played two teams that we’d consider top-tier. In Week 3, they played the Dallas Cowboys. The following week, they hosted the Kansas City Chiefs.
Against the Cowboys, the Eagles surrendered 41 points. They were never truly in the game. Their defense couldn’t stop the run and they allowed their NFC East foes to march up and down the field. Against Kansas City, it was the Tyreek Hill and Clyde Edwards-Helaire show. The Eagles lost 42-30 and while the offense looked good, the defense couldn’t force a single punt.
40 points is easily attainable for the Buccaneers on Thursday night. We just need 20 from the Eagles, a mark they’ve hit in four of their five games this season. I love this alt total on Thursday Night Football.
3. Quez Watkins Anytime TD Scorer @ +330
The Eagles are in the middle of a realization. It’s a hard pill to swallow for a GM, but it’s the truth. Quez Watkins is better than former first-round pick Jalen Reagor.
Reagor has been slowly phased out of the offense in the past few weeks. Last week, he had one catch on one target for nine yards. Meanwhile, Watkins brought in three catches for 48 yards, which is puzzling since he caught a 53-yard bomb, but that’s what happens when your head coach throws only screen passes for 3.5 quarters.
All this is to say that I think, starting this week, we are going to see a lot more of Quez Watkins as the Eagles' secondary receiver. Watkins is an absolute burner. He’s the best deep threat on the team and he’s a decent route runner as well. He gets bubble screen looks, he gets deep looks and the Eagles have been creative with getting him the ball.
He’s yet to score a TD this year, but I correctly predicted Michael Pittman Jr. would find the end zone for the first time this past Monday and I’m going back to the well here with Watkins.