When the Washington Football Team hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1 p.m. Sunday at FedEx Field, it will be a sobering reminder of how far the home team has fallen in a short period of time. There’s still plenty of Washington Football betting action.
The teams matched up in an NFC wild card playoff game last season. Though the Buccaneers won 31-23, there was reason for Washington to be optimistic.
Washington finished the regular season with five wins in seven games to capture the NFC East title, albeit with a 7-9 record. Backup quarterback Taylor Heinecke played so well against the Buccaneers in place of injured Alex Smith that he earned a two-year contract.
However, Washington is 2-6 this season, on a four-game losing streak and in last place in the division. The Buccaneers are 6-2.
Both teams are coming off their bye weeks following road losses. Washington fell 17-10 to the Broncos and the Buccaneers dropped a 36-27 decision to the New Orleans Saints.
Here are the lines for Buccaneers-Washington at Barstool Sportsbook:
Spread: Buccaneers -9 (-112), Washington +9 (-109)
Moneyline: Buccaneers -455, Washington +340
Over/Under: 51 O (-107), U (-114)
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Buccaneers-Washington Football Betting Preview
Ageless Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is on pace to set career high in passing yards and touchdowns this season. That is discouraging news for a Washington defense that has failed to live up to lofty expectations this season.
Washington is 29th in the NFL in total defense and points allowed. It is 32nd – dead last – in pass defense.
It would help Washington’s cause if defensive end Chase Young plays better coming out of the bye. He has just 1 ½ sacks this year after winning the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award last season.
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Look for Brady to try to pick on Landon Collins, the three-time Pro Bowl safety. Pro Football Focus grades Collins 76th among the 91 safeties in their rankings, including 86th in coverage.
It is difficult to see Washington matching up with the Buccaneers’ myriad pass catching threats that include wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. That list doesn’t even include injured wide receiver Antonio Brown and tight end Rob Gronkowski.
At least it might be interesting to see how Joey Slye, Washington’s third kicker of the season, fares in his WFT debut after being released by the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers this year. Slye follows Dustin Hopkins and Chris Blewett.
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Buccaneers -9 (-112) Barstool
The 44-year-old Brady has thrown for 2,650 yards and 25 touchdowns in just eight games this season. Washington is giving up 286.8 yards a game through the air.
That is a mismatch and why the Buccaneers can cover the sizeable number despite being on the road.
Terry McLaurin to score a TD (+1200) BetMGM
The Buccaneers’ biggest weakness is a pass defense that ranks 20th in the league and has been missing cornerbacks Sean Murphy-Bunting, Carlton Davis and Richard Sherman because of injuries.
Thus, Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin a tempting bet to score a touchdown as such good odds. He leads the team in receptions (43), targets (76) and receiving TDs (four).
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Buccaneers-Washington Football Prediction
Heinicke threw for 306 yards and a touchdown for Washington in last year’s playoff loss. Yet he has been unable to duplicate that magic this season as he has surpassed 300 yards only once.
Heinicke vs. Brady? Only one way to go with that matchup.
Buccaneers 30, Washington 17
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