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The Philadelphia Eagles will try to build momentum but face a tall task on Thursday Night Football when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFL Week 6 matchup. The Eagles (2-3) come in off a rousing 21-18 victory against the Carolina Panthers. Quarterback Jalen Hurts rallied the team from a nine-point halftime deficit thanks to defense and special teams coming through with big plays. Now, Tom Brady and the Bucs (4-1) come to town with the league's top passing offense after a 45-17 drubbing of the Miami Dolphins. The Eagles hold a 10-9 edge in the all-time series (including playoffs), but the Bucs have won three of the past four in Philadelphia.

Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field. Tampa Bay is a seven-point favorite in the latest Eagles vs. Buccaneers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 52.5. Before you lock in your Buccaneers vs. Eagles picks, you need to see what SportsLine's NFL expert Emory Hunt has to say.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game from a player's perspective. Hunt has been locked in on the tendencies of Philadelphia, going an uncanny 34-18-1 in his last 53 picks involving the Eagles. Anyone who has followed his advice is way up.

Now, Hunt has broken down Buccaneers vs. Eagles from every angle and just locked in his NFL expert picks. You can head to SportsLine to see Hunt's picks. Here are the NFL odds and betting lines for Eagles vs. Buccaneers:  

  • Eagles vs. Buccaneers spread: Tampa Bay -7 
  • Eagles vs. Buccaneers over-under: 52.5
  • Eagles vs. Buccaneers money line: Tampa Bay -300, Philadelphia +240 
  • TB: Quarterback Tom Brady is averaging 305 passing yards in 21 regular season games with Tampa Bay 
  • PHI: Quarterback Jalen Hurts is averaging 312 total yards in nine regular season starts with Philadelphia
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Why the Buccaneers can cover

The Buccaneers' air raid offense is led by 44-year old Tom Brady who continues to dominate year in and year out. Father Time is nowhere to be found, as Brady is first in the league with 1,757 passing yards and second in passing touchdowns with 15. Teams have struggled to slow down this passing attack that includes wide receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown. This trio combines for 233.1 receiving yards per game.

The Eagles are currently third in passing yards allowed per game (194.8). Despite being ranked third, the Eagles' secondary will have its hands full. Brady has thrown at least four touchdowns in three of the five games played. Both Evans and Godwin have seen 40-plus targets and are tied for first in catches with 29. Brady always goes through his reads and never force-feeds a certain player, so expect all three receivers to get their fair share of targets on Thursday Night Football. 

Why the Eagles can cover

Philadelphia has covered the spread in its Week 6 game in five straight seasons, and the Eagles' defense made a major impact last week. It had three sacks and three interceptions, two by Darius Slay, as the Panthers managed just three points in the second half. A front led by Javon Hargrave (six sacks) should get pressure on Brady, who has been sacked nine times. The Bucs haven't had success on the ground (82 yards per game, 26th in NFL), so Brady will throw plenty, and the Eagles have the NFL's third-best pass defense (194.8 yards per game).

The underdog is 6-2 against the spread in the past eight meetings, and Brady has failed to cover in 10 straight night games (after 7 p.m. ET). The Eagles have won six straight on Thursday Night Football and were underdogs in four of those. Hurts could be a problem for the Bucs, who rank last in the league against the pass (314.4 yards) but first against the run. Tampa Bay hasn't seen a mobile QB like Hurts, who has 256 rushing yards so far. He also can throw (1,365 yards), and receivers DeVonta Smith (25 catches) and Quez Watkins (20.5 per catch) could run wild against the Bucs.

How to make Buccaneers vs. Eagles picks

For Thursday Night Football, Hunt is leaning over on the point total, but he also has identified a critical X-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He's sharing what it is, and which side to back, only at SportsLine.

So who wins Eagles vs. Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football? And what critical X-factor makes one side a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you should be all over, all from the expert who has crushed his NFL picks involving Philadelphia, and find out.