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Now, as the Bucs get set to take on the Washington Football Team in their NFC wild-card opener on Saturday, the second-place finishers in the NFC South have a bull’s-eye on their collective backs. Tampa Bay also has a bunch of pressure on it to get past a Wild-Card rival that reached the playoffs in spite of finishing the regular season with a losing record.
Will Brady and the Super Bowl hopeful Bucs get the job done on the road? Will Alex Smith and the underdog Washington Football Team extend their own compelling story by getting the huge online betting upset?
Let’s find out where the best NFL Playoff Odds betting value lies in this intriguing affair!
|Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) at Washington Football Team (7-9)
Location: FedExField, Landover, MD
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
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Buccaneers vs Washington Betting Analysis: Betting Lines
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Tampa Bay might be a decisive road favorite in this but it is Washington that has won two straight and three of the last four meetings in this NFC series. The underdog and road team have gone an identical 5-0-1 ATS in the last six meetings, but the Bucs are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four road dates against the Football Team.
Will this matchup play Over or Under the 45-point total? Keep in mind that the Under is 5-2 in the last seven meetings and 4-1 in the last five meetings in the nation’s capital.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Buccaneers won four straight to cap off the regular season including a convincing 44-27 smackdown of the Atlanta Falcons last weekend. Tom Brady passed for 399 yards with four touchdowns and one interception while Ronald Jones II rushed for 78 yards and one score on 12 carries.
Wide receivers Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin both topped the century mark in receiving yards while hauling in two touchdown passes apiece. Now, the real work begins for the league’s all-time playoff passing leader and six-time Super Bowl champion.
“I think that nothing is given — you have to earn everything,” Brady said on Wednesday. “You get to this point in the year, you have to earn it. To win this game, you’ve got to earn it. You’re playing against teams that have really proven themselves to be the best teams in their divisions all year.”
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The Buccaneers finished the regular season ranked an impressive 7th in total offense, second in passing, 28th in rushing and third in scoring (30.3 ppg). Defensively, Tampa Bay finished 6th overall, 21st against the pass, first against the run and 8th in points allowed (22.2 ppg).
It probably doesn’t bode well for Washington that Tom Brady has passed for at least 341 yards in five of the last seven games while tossing 20 of his 40 touchdown passes during the span.
Mike Evans – WR
LeSean McCoy – RB
Carlton Davis – CB
Jeremiah Ledbetter – DL
Jason Pierre-Paul – LB
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Washington Football Team
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Washington won five of its final seven, including a 20-14 road win over Philadelphia in Week 17 that punched the Football Team’s ticket to the playoffs. Veteran signal-caller Smith overcame two interceptions by passing for 162 yards and two scores while running back Antonio Gibson rushed for 75 yards on 19 carries.
Defensively, Washington recorded three sacks, two interceptions and one huge fumble recovery by rookie star Chase Young. Right after the win, the No. 2 overall draft pick out of Ohio State was caught on camera saying: “Tom Brady, Tom Brady, I’m coming! I want Tom! I want Tom.”
The energetic 21-year-old didn’t back down from those comments on Wednesday.
“I play ball,” Young said. “I’m excited to go against the best. The media — their job is to stir it up. If you know me, I’m excited for every game. Tom Brady, you think I’m not excited to play against the G.O.A.T.? You trippin’. I’m not going to apologize for saying I want Tom. No, I want every quarterback I play against.”
Washington finished the regular season ranked an uninspiring 30th in total offense, 25th in passing, 26th in rushing and 25th in scoring (20.9 ppg). Defensively, The Football Team finished ranked a stellar second overall, second against the pass, 14th against the run and fourth in points allowed (20.6 ppg).
If you didn’t know before – now you do. Washington has not allowed more than 20 points in seven straight games! Washington has also gone 5-1 with Smith under center.
The biggest injury news for Washington is the health of starting quarterback Alex Smith who is still dealing with a calf injury.
Alex Smith – QB
Kendall Fuller – CB
Antonio Gibson – RB
Brandon Scherff – G
Terry McLaurin – WR
Buccaneers vs Washington Betting Analysis
Tampa Bay might have an explosive offense, but this matchup looks like a relatively low-scoring affair to me, based mostly on Washington’s lights out defense – and low-scoring offense.
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Tampa Bay has gone 5-0 SU in its last five road dates and 4-1 SU over its last five games overall. The Bucs have lost four of the last six meetings against Washington.The Football Team might be an awful 4-16 SU in its last 20 home games, but Washington has won five of seven coming into this wild card clash!
Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in its last five games and 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games as a road favorite. The bad news is that the Buccaneers are also just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite, 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Wild-Card games.
On the flip side of the coin, Washington has gone 4-0 ATS in its last four games following an SU win, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and an encouraging 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games overall.
I know The Football Team struggles to score, but the fact that they haven’t allowed more than 20 points in almost two months, makes the 9 points they are getting as home dogs, look like a value-packed pick!
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The Over is 6-1 in Tampa Bay’s last 7 games following an ATS win and 4-1 in the Buccaneers last 5 games as a road favorite. Conversely, the Under is 5-0 in Washington’s last five games and 6-0 in the Football Team’s last half-dozen home games.
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