Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Football Team: 1/9/21 NFL Picks and Prediction
Washington Football Team (7-9) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)
Game Info: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 8:15 pm (FedEx Field)
Betting Odds: Washington Football Team +8 -- Over/Under: 46.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to FedExField to take on the Washington Football Team in an NFC Wild Card Playoff matchup this Saturday night.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the season an overall record of 11-5 and earned the 5-seed in the NFC playoffs after finishing 2nd in the NFC South. Tampa Bay came in with high expectations this season after acquiring Tom Brady and a bunch of offensive weapons and despite some growing pains, Tampa Bay finished the season strong winning their final four games, including a 44-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons this past Sunday. Tampa Bay went 0-3 in their games against New Orleans & Kansas City this season, however, the Buccaneers did have an outstanding 38-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers who ended the season as the top team in the NFC.
On the season, Tampa Bay averaged 30.8 ppg on 384.1 total yards per game (289.1 passing yds/g; 94.9 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Tampa Bay was led by QB Tom Brady who completed 65.7% from his passes for 4,633 yards (289.9 passing yds/g), 40 TD, & 12 INT. Brady has some of the best receiving weapons in all of the NFL in Mike Evans (70 rec, 1,006 yards, 13 TD), Chris Godwin (65 rec, 840 yards, 7 TD), Rob Gronkowski (45 rec, 623 yards, 7 TD), & Antonio Brown (45 rec, 483 yards, 4 TD). Leading the way for the Buccaneers backfield has been the duo of Ronald Jones II (192 att, 978 yards, 7 TD) & Leonard Fournette (97 att, 367 yards, 6 TD). Mike Evans is questionable after having to leave his recent game against Atlanta after a leg injury.
Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing their opponents to average 22.2 ppg on 327.1 total yards per game (246.6 passing yds/g; 80.6 rushing yds/g).
The Washington Football Team finished the season with just an overall of 7-9, however, Washington earned the 4-seed and a home playoff game after clinching the NFC East with a 20-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday night. Washington started off the season with just a 2-7 record, however, Washington was able to put together a nice 4-game wining streak towards the end of the season which included a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and was able to do enough to earn their first playoff spot since the 2015 season.
On the season, Washington is averaging 20.9 ppg on 317.3 total yards per game (216.6 passing yds/g; 100.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Washington has been led by RB Antonio Gibson who had 170 carries for 795 yards & 11 TD. In the backfield with Gibson has been J.D. McKissic (85 att, 365 yards, 1 TD; 80 rec, 589 yards, 2 TD). Washington went through a bunch of QB’s this season, however, has gotten solid play by QB Alex Smith who had completed 66.7% of his passes for 1,582 yards, 6 TD, & 8 INT. The top receiving threats for Washington have been Terry McLaurin (87 rec, 4=1,118 yards, 4 TD), Logan Thomas (72 rec, 670 yards, 6 TD), & Cam Sims (32 rec, 477 yards, 1 TD).
Defensively, Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 20.6 ppg on 304.6 total yards per game (191.8 passing yds/g; 112.8 rushing yds/g).
The Buccaneers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, however, are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games in January. Washington is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Tampa Bay comes into this game as a large road favorite as their explosive offense seems to be running on all cylinders at the moment, however, we’ll have to monitor the status of one of their best receivers in Mike Evans as his injury this past Sunday looked pretty bad and I won’t be shocked if he can’t go for this one. Washington doesn’t have many weapons on the offensive end, however, there is no doubting that their defense is one of the best in the NFL and one advantage of going up against Brady is that there is no threat of him beating with you his legs. Tampa Bay should be able to get the win in this one, however, I think this game is going to be a bit closer than everyone expects and I’m going to side with Washington and the points. Good Luck!
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Brett’s Pick Washington Football Team +8
AUTHOR: Brett Nault
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