Yesterday we talked about some players on the Bucs that could give the Eagles a hard time. Guys like Mike Evans, Vita Vea, and Chris Godwin could cause problems for the Eagles. But now let’s get to why they are heavy road favorites heading into Monday Night.
As of Friday, the Eagles were 5-point favorites despite being on the road. Draft Kings had them as -218 on the money line. Vegas seems to feel pretty good about the Eagles leaving with a win, even if they don’t think they will cover. And for good reason. The Eagles came into this season as one of the Super Bowl Favorites. Meanwhile many pegged the Bucs as one of the worst teams in the league.
And yet, both enter week 3 2-0. The Birds needed ugly wins over the Patriots and Vikings. They looked better in week 2, but still not as good as we all expected them to be. Meanwhile, the Bucs needed an ugly win over the Vikings in week 1, but then dominated the Bears last week. Baker Mayfield has played way better than anyone thought he would.
Both teams have been surprising in different ways. But this could be a week where both teams start to meet expectations. For the Eagles, that means playing very well. But for the Bucs, that may mean not looking very good.
What can they do against the Buccaneers to get back on track though? Let’s break down the matchups that most favor the Eagles. Will Jalen Carter continue to dominate in his rookie season? Will Jalen Hurts finally find his groove through the air?