NFL Game Previews: Sunday Wild-Card Matchups

NFL Game Previews: Sunday Wild-Card Matchups

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Philadelphia (+8.5) at Tampa Bay, o/u 46.0 – Sunday, 1 p.m. EST

These teams met in Week 6, with the Bucs winning on the road 28-22. That made the Eagles 2-4 at the time, but they found themselves in the second half as a Ravens-light running team that didn't rely too much on Jalen Hurts' arm. The second-year QB has taken a step forward as a passer this season, but a 61.3 percent completion rate and 7.3 YPA aren't close to elite, and his ability to run is still his best asset. The Eagles also get Miles Sanders back for this one after he missed the final two games of the regular season, but in general, attacking the Bucs' defense on the ground isn't the best idea. On the other hand, the weather expected at Raymond James Stadium could make passing the ball an adventure, so maybe taking what you can get on the ground will be the best approach after all. Tom Brady might steal another MVP award for a season in which no quarterback really dominated statistically, but setting a career high in passing yards at 44 is impressive no matter what. Brady also won't have his usual complement of weapons around him, with the backfield and receiving corps both depleted, but he got O.J. Howard a TD in the first game against Philly, so it's not like he doesn't still have options.

The Skinny

PHI injuries: RG Brandon Brooks (IR, pectoral), RG Nate Herbig (questionable, ankle),

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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