Philadel­phia over TAMPA BAY by 8

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Jameis who? Vet­eran QB Ryan Fitz­patrick was in­deed the league’s Player of the Week when he tossed for 417 yards and 4 TDs in knock­ing out New Or­leans – and about half of the NFL Sur­vivor pools in the coun­try – last Sun­day. The Bucs scored on six of their first seven pos­ses­sions and never looked back. They re­turn home to host the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl champs, fresh off their Thurs­day night win over At­lanta. That sets the ta­ble here as our Ein­stein data­base re­minds us that de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons are 24-6 SU in games when com­ing off a Thurs­day night game, in­clud­ing

the last seven. The champs are also 26-12 SU in game of the sea­son the fol­low­ing year. Philly’s 4-0 ATS mark away be­tween home games and Tampa’s 1-6 ATS log at home in games af­ter knock­ing heads with New Or­leans. Along with Fitz­patrick’s record in his last eleven starts in games with his team com­ing off a SU un­der­dog win all fits like a glove. We’ve made our case, now its up to the jury to ad­ju­di­cate.

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