Expect a Super Bowl between Eagles, Raiders

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2003

Jon Gruden wants to dispel the notion that his Tampa Bay Buccaneers can't play well in cold weather or at Veterans Stadium.

''The last time I looked, Philadelphia was in the United States,'' Gruden said. ''It's not like we're going to some exotic foreign place.''

Very true, although The Vet, which will be hosting its final NFL game, has been anything but hospitable to Tampa Bay. The Eagles knocked the Bucs out of the playoffs the past two years and also beat them 20-10 on Oct. 20.

EAGLES, 16-10.

Tennessee (plus 7 1/2) at Oakland

The way the Raiders played in the second half of their win over the Jets last week, they could have been sent straight to the Super Bowl. The Titans, on the other hand, barely beat Pittsburgh at home, needing overtime to win.

The Raiders' defense, meanwhile, is underrated. In the second half of last week's playoff game, Oakland became the first team to shut down Jets quarterback Chad Pennington.

It won't shut down McNair, but ...

RAIDERS, 31-20

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LAST WEEK: 2-2 (spread), 3-1 (straight up).

PLAYOFFS: 5-3 (spread), 5-3 (straight up).



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