How the Bucs, Eagles match up on Thursday Night Football
Tom Brady has accomplished a lot in a short span since he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
One thing he hasn’t been able to do so far is cover the spread in prime time.
Brady has failed to cover in 10 straight prime-time contests dating back to his final season with the New England Patriots, including his first two prime-time games this season.
Tampa Bay opened the season with a 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys but failed to cover as a 9.5-point favourite in that game.
Three weeks later, Brady and company survived another close call with a 19-17 win over New England but failed to cover as a 6.5-point favourite.
As their injury list continues to grow, what can we expect when the Buccaneers visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football?
Here’s the Morning Coffee for Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021.
Can Brady, Bucs cover in prime time?
Tampa Bay will be a popular parlay and teaser play once again this week, regardless of Brady’s prime-time ATS record.
That includes with yours truly, as I’m banking on a Buccaneers’ win as the second leg of a two-team ticket after the Baltimore Ravens rallied to beat the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.
#NFL Monday Night Football:— Domenic Padula (@DomPadulaEDGE) October 12, 2021
6PT Tease - Ravens, Bucs (2U)
Lamar Jackson O 1.5 Pass TD ✅
Devin Duvernay O 12.5 rec. yards ✅
Marquise Brown 100+ & TD +650 ✅
3/3 and need the Bucs Thursday for the sweep and +10 units!#GamblingTwitter @TSN_Edge https://t.co/nBIn8AWuUL
While I still like Tampa Bay to win outright, it’s impossible for me to ignore a growing injury list for a team that is laying seven points on the road.
Brady is dealing with a thumb injury, and he’ll be without his favourite red-zone target with Rob Gronkowski sidelined once again.
Bucs announce that Rob Gronkowski, Antoine Winfield and Lavonte David have been ruled out for Eagles game on Thursday.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) October 13, 2021
Meanwhile, a defence that was already without Jason Pierre-Paul, Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting will also be without Lavonte David and Antoine Winfield this week.
For as bad as things look on paper for the Buccaneers, I’m not about to bet against the team with the better quarterback and the better coach the way I did when I took the Eagles to cover against the Cowboys a couple of weeks ago.
It didn’t work out for me.
However, since I’m already on the Bucs to win outright, I’ll add another two-team, seven-point teaser and pair the Eagles with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
That gets me the Eagles +14 and the Chiefs to win outright as my TSN Edge best bet to begin Week 6.
The best-case scenario is a close Tampa Bay win in which I cash my first ticket and then head into the weekend needing a Chiefs outright win to cash the second.
NHL home teams sweep the board
NHL home teams went 5-0 on Wednesday night.
The Toronto Maple Leafs (-210) beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in their home opener.
William Nylander, who was +150 to score, netted the winner for Toronto.
Both teams are back in action tonight on TSN.
Our regional #NHL coverage kicks off tonight!— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) October 14, 2021
🏒 Canadiens at Sabres, 7pm et on TSN2 (Habs region)
🏒 Maple Leafs at Senators, 7pm et on TSN 4/5 (Leafs & Sens region)
Also on the #TSN App & TSN Direct: https://t.co/3PTSwVFR94 #TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/B9PO16StKv
The Edmonton Oilers (-205) blew a two-goal, third-period lead, but pulled out a 3-2 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks to send their fans home happy.
Connor McDavid registered two assists. Leon Draisaitl finished with one apple. Zach Hyman scored in his Oilers’ debut.
“That is the brilliance of Zach Hyman…”@CraigJButton on the new Oiler’s ability to create scoring opportunities with McDavid and Draisaitl: https://t.co/TXhSr1GrzL#TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/uotCiIivoe— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) October 14, 2021
Meanwhile, NHL favourites went 4-1 on the money line last night, with the Anaheim Ducks (+115) beating the Winnipeg Jets for the lone upset.
After the over went 2-0 on opening night, the under went 5-0 in the NHL on Wednesday.
Dodgers, Giants set for NLDS Game 5
The stage is set for Thursday night’s winner-take-all Game 5 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.
As of this morning, Game 5 is a pick’em with the total set at seven.
It will be just the fifth winner-take-all game between two 100-win teams in MLB history.
Giants’ starter Logan Webb completely shut down the Dodgers with 10 strikeouts over 7.2 scoreless innings in a 4-0 win in Game 1 of the series. His strikeout prop is 5.5.
Can he deliver another dominant performance tonight?
L.A. will counter with Julio Urias, who allowed just one earned run over five innings in a Game 2 win.
All eyes on Game 5. pic.twitter.com/U6jEUuAH6s— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 14, 2021
Urias is 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in seven playoff appearances over the past two seasons.
The winner will advance to face the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS.
It wouldn’t surprise anybody if the winner of tonight’s game went on to win the World Series.
Right now, the Dodgers are the second choice to win it all at +410. The Giants are +500 to win the World Series.