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Who the experts are taking in Bucs vs. Eagles

by Moxieplay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to defend a 2-0 record, but based on the way experts are picking this week, it may not seem like it.

Pundits and writers have released their Week 3 picks for the NFL slate this weekend, and Tampa Bay isn’t favored to beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night football by most people’s metrics. The Bucs faced a similar situation in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings, but the team won that game 20-17. Now, the team seeks to prove the doubters wrong again and get a win against the defending NFC champions at home.

Here is how experts predicted Monday’s game will go:

USA TODAY Week 3 picks

Chris Bumbaca: Eagles

Jarrett Bell: Eagles

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Lorenzo Reyes: Eagles

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz: Eagles

Nate Davis: Eagles

Safid Deen: Eagles

Tyler Dragon: Eagles

Victoria Davis: Eagles

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

NFL.com Week 3 picks

Ali Bhanpuri: Eagles

Brooke Cersosimo: Eagles

Dan Parr: Eagles

Gennaro Filice: Eagles

Tom Blair: Eagles

 (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

ESPN Week 3 picks

Stephania Bell: Eagles

Matt Bowen: Eagles

Mike Clay: Eagles

Jeremy Fowler: Eagles

Dan Graziano: Eagles

Kimberley Martin: Eagles

Eric Moody: Eagles

Jason Reid: Eagles

Lindsey Thiry: Eagles

Sam Wickersham: Eagles

CBS Sports’ Week 3 picks

Pete Prisco: Eagles

Will Brinson: Eagles

Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Dubin: Eagles

Ryan Wilson: Eagles

John Breech: Eagles

Tyler Sullivan: Eagles

Dave Richard: Eagles

Jamey Eisenberg: Eagles

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

MMQB Week 3 picks

Albert Breer: Eagles

Mitch Goldich: Eagles

Claire Kuwana: Eagles

Gilberto Manzano: Eagles

Conor Orr: Eagles

John Pluym: Eagles

Matt Verderame: Eagles

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Bender: Eagles 27, Bucs 17

The Buccaneers are off to a surprising 2-0 start with Baker Mayfield, who has a 69.1% completion percentage and has not thrown an interception. The Eagles, however, had extra rest coming off a Thursday Night Football victory. Philadelphia has just four sacks through two weeks. Still, Jalen Hurts should be even better with the emergence of D’Andre Swift in the backfield. Philadelphia keeps it rolling on the Monday Night Football spotlight.

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

River Wells: Eagles

Jason Kanno: Eagles

Luke Adragna: Bucs

(Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

The Eagles led predictions 38-1, so its safe to say that the Birds are heavily favored. Despite this, though, it should be a close matchup between the teams on paper and could be a defining game for the NFC early on this year.

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