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Eagles vs Buccaneers Game Preview

Philadelphia EaglesTampa Bay Buccaneers
2-3October 13, 2013, 01:00 | Raymond James Stadium0-4

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 0-4 with three close losses, have jettisoned their starting quarterback of the last three seasons in favor of a rookie. The Bucs just blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead to lose at home to Arizona, so three of their defeats this season have come by a combined six points.

Tampa is left to hope that Mike Glennon, the rook from NC State, might provide a boost when the Bucs host the 2-3 Philadelphia Eagles Sunday afternoon (1 pm ET, Fox).

Philly is dealing with a QB situation of its own; Mike Vick led the Eagles to a 19-7 lead over the Giants Sunday, but left with a pulled hamstring. Philadelphia later gave up that lead, but second-year pro Nick Foles rallied the troops for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and a 36-21 victory.

With Vick listed as doubtful for this week and Glennon making his second career NFL start this game was listed as a pick 'em in the early betting.

They battle the Eagles, currently with a 2-3 mark (2-3 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 0-4 for the Buccaneers and 4-1 for the Eagles.

View Philadelphia Eagles vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Eagles in this one found them as 1-point underdogs earlier in the week, while the total was settling in the neighborhood of 45.5 at shops such as 5Dimes.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 31-rated Buccaneers and the No. 30-rated Eagles in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 16-14 win for the Eagles on Sunday.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 36-21 winner as they battled the Giants on the road. The Eagles covered in the match as a 1-point underdog, while 57 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. DeSean Jackson was good for 132 receiving yards in the Eagles's most recent action, helping his team to a 36-21 victory over the Giants. In their last game, the Buccaneers were Week 4 losers coming out on the wrong end of 13-10 score against Arizona.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tampa Bay's No. 31-ranked offense, averaging 11 PPG, against a Eagles defense that ranks No. 30 this week at 31.8 PPG. The Buccaneers aerial game is averaging 174.25 yards per game, less than the Eagles secondary allows through the air, 326 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Eagles feature the league's No. 22-rated road run defense, allowing 123 yards per game. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, ranks No. 15 in rushing offense at home.

A few Eagles at Buccaneers trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Philadelphia is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 8 games
Philadelphia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Tampa Bay is 2-7-1 ATS in its last 10 games
Tampa Bay is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay's last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia at Dallas, Sunday, October 20th
Tampa Bay at Atlanta, Sunday, October 20th