Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Predictions, picks and odds for NFL Week 3 game

Which team will move to 3-0?

A pair of 2-0 teams − one expected and the other surprising − will meet Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0).

On paper, the defending NFC champions have looked prime to return to the Super Bowl, but there's something up with the Eagles early in the season. D'Andre Swift was able to help his team shake off a shaky start in a win against the Minnesota Vikings, and its defense was able to force several mistakes to gift the offense.

It appears the Buccaneers have an answer as to who is the heir to Tom Brady, and it's Baker Mayfield. The former No. 1 pick seems to be at home in Tampa Bay, throwing for over 300 yards in a resounding win against the Chicago Bears. Now, Tampa Bay has the chance to do something it couldn't accomplish with Brady: start a season 3-0.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) throws the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Anthony Nelson (98) pressures during the second half in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) throws the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Anthony Nelson (98) pressures during the second half in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium.

Buccaneers vs. Eagles odds, moneyline, over/under

The Eagles are favorites to defeat the Vikings, according to the BetMGM NFL odds. Looking to wager? Check out the best mobile sports betting apps offering NFL betting promos in 2023.

  • Spread: Eagles (-4.5)

  • Moneyline: Eagles (-225); Buccaneers (+180)

  • Over/under: 45

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NFL Week 3 odds, predictions and picks

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Lorenzo Reyes: Eagles 23, Buccaneers 21

The Bucs are playing with heart and are a nice story. I don’t see them taking down the defending NFC champs, as much as Philly has struggled without Shane Steichen running the offense. I like the under here as well.

Tyler Dragon: Eagles 28, Buccaneers 17

Both the Eagles and Bucs are undefeated. The 2-0 Bucs are a little fools gold, though. Tampa Bay comes back to reality this week with a humbling loss to one of the best teams in the NFL. The Eagles win this one by two scores.

Victoria Hernandez: Eagles 28, Buccaneers 23

Tampa Bay impressed through the first two weeks of the season, but Baker Mayfield is no Jalen Hurts. The Eagles quarterback has had help from running back D’Andre Swift, who torched the Vikings for 175 yards last week, and DeVonta Smith remains reliable.

Jordan Mendoza: Eagles 24, Buccaneers 18

At the end of the day, all that matters is getting the win. The Eagles have gotten the job done in the first two weeks, and its offense will get another test from a strong Tampa Bay defense. While it's not a pretty game, Jalen Hurts is able to find some holes in the Buccaneers defense, while Baker Mayfield comes back down to Earth thanks to a relentless Philadelphia defensive line.

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