Tom Brady and the Bucs travel to Washington to take on (one-leg) Alex Smith and the NFC East Champion Washington Football team. This is the first time the Bucs have made the playoffs since 2007, will their story continue or end at the hands of a team with no name. Washington's unlikely playoff birth is a surprise to most fans and if they were in any other conference they probably would have never been in the conversation, but we can't blame them for that. Will Washington get the upset win or will the Bucs meet their Super Bowl or bust expectations?
Washington Football Team +9.0 (-110)
I think the key to this game is both team's defenses, that is what will keep the game close. People who think that this is going to be a blowout are thinking the Bucs are gonna score 100 points because of their talented offence but that is where the Football Team shows up. According to The Football, Database Washington ranks 2nd in pass defense while also pouring in 47 team sacks. This team puts pressure on the QB and makes them force the ball out in tough spots. On the other side, the Bucs have a top 5 defence as well and that may keep this game at a standstill for moments. The Bucs are set up to win a close one.
Under 45.0 (-115)
It is set to be a chilly 3 degrees C (37 F) at FedEx Field for tonight's game and I feel that can only help the under bet. According to The Football Database, Tampa Bay has the number 1 rushing defence in the NFL, allowing opponents to rush a measly 80.6 yards per game. RB Antonio Gibson has been a rising star for Washingtons' offense but the Bucs can shut him down and that will force whoever starts for Washington at QB to throw the ball. I spoke on the Football team's pass defense earlier and with the passing offense being the Bucs strength points will be limited on both sides of the ball.
Tom Brady Under 288.5 Passing Yards (+110)
Again Washingtons' defense ranks second against the pass and 4th overall, Brady faced four teams that rank top 10 in passing yards allowed and only averaged 240 passing in those games. I believe that the Washinton football team's front will get pressure on him and force him to make quick and short throws.
Anytime Touchdown Scorer Rob Gronkowski (+150)
We know the connection between Gronk and Brady in the playoffs why not bet for them to connect again.