4 Bold Wild Card Playoff Predictions vs. Buccaneers

The Philadelphia Eagles are gearing up for their toughest battle of the season. They will travel to Florida to face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a Wild Card game on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles, led by a starting quarterback and freshman head coach, are obviously the underdogs against the more seasoned team of Brady and Rob Gronkowski. However, we have seen it before and we will see it again: hungry dogs run faster and birds die of hunger.

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Let’s take a look at my boldest predictions for the Eagles vs Buccaneers game, and why the Birds will emerge victorious this weekend.

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Wild Card Eagles Predictions

4. Hurts throws A LOT

The Birds are known league-wide as the best running offense. However, expect the Eagles to incorporate more passes than runs into their Wild Card plan on Sunday.

Why? Well, there are several reasons.

First, running the ball all game won’t be enough against the Buccaneers, and they know it. The Birds faced the Buccaneers in Week 6, losing 28-22. Not a horrible loss on paper, but Hurts only threw for 115 yards, and the Buccaneers had double the time of possession.

Second, Jalen Hurts sat out in Week 18 to continue nursing his ankle injury from Week 12, which seemed to have limited his final regular season games. The generally mobile quarterback spent more time in the backfield and less time carrying the ball downfield. Hurts is doing well in his recovery, but isn’t 100%, which is another reason the passing game is so important to this team’s longevity in the postseason contest.

3. Huge game for Devonta Smith

Devonta Smith has been a big addition to the Eagles passing game since being drafted in the first round last year. The rookie received numerous targets and even broke the franchise record for most receiving yards in a rookie season.

Despite his success, Philadelphia doesn’t use Smith enough. The promising receiver was the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner, beating several qualified quarterbacks. Expect Hurts to capitalize on Smith’s talents on Sunday and expect him to have at least 80 receiving yards and a touchdown at Tampa Bay.

2. Miles Sanders has a huge game

One of the most inconsistent parts of the Eagles season has been the availability of Miles Sanders. The running back has been riddled with injuries all season and recently broke his hand in the Eagles’ Week 16 win over the New York Giants.

Thankfully, Philadelphia seems optimistic about Sanders returning for this weekend’s game. If so, expect him to have the overwhelming majority of rush attempts. The season three running back is way overdue for a big game, including his first touchdown of the season. Expect at least 100 rushing yards from him on Sunday.

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1. Underdog Dub

The Eagles have a chance to win this one, and I expect them to. The Buccaneers struggle on offense with a lack of weapons, including Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin. It should be a high-scoring game and will most likely come down to final possession. Finally, my boldest prediction yet: the Eagles upset the Buccaneers 41-33 (sound familiar, Tom?).

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