One team is looking to the playoffs, while the other is looking to next year, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium.
At 6-6, Tampa Bay is just one game back from NFC’s last wild card spot, while the Eagles have lost eight straight.
In a move that clearly indicates an end to their season, Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid named rookie quarterback Nick Foles and running back Bryce Brown his starters for the rest of the year.
Both rookies put up some impressive numbers last week, but the Eagles fell 38-33 to the Dallas Cowboys. Foles went 22-for-34 for 251 yards and a touchdown, while Brown gained 169 yards and two scores on 24 carries.
Philadelphia is now 3-9, and are on pace for their worst record since 2006.
The Buccaneers start a run of three straight games against teams below .500 Sunday, after losing to the mighty Denver Broncos 31-23 last week.
Quarterback Josh Freeman struggled throughout, going 18-for-39 for 242 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, and Tampa Bay couldn't respond to a 21-point third quarter from the Broncos.
Running back sensation Doug Martin only gained 51 yards against Denver, but may have better luck versus Philadelphia, who is 18th in the NFL against the rush.
The game begins at 1 p.m. EDT and will be shown by FOX, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Betting Odds: Tampa Bay is favored by 7.5 points
Over/Under: 48 points
Prediction: The Buccaneers need this win to stay in the playoff chase, while the young Eagles will try to get better for next season. This game will be decided by the running backs, with Martin and Brown battling all day. Look for Tampa Bay to win late.
Predicted Score: Tampa Bay 27, Philadelphia 23