NFL Wildcard Playoff Picks: Washington Football Team vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1/9/21 NFL Picks, Odds, Predictions

NFL Wildcard Playoff Picks: Washington Football Team vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1/9/21 NFL Picks, Odds, Predictions Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) at Washington Football Team (7-9)

NFL Football: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 8:15 pm (FedEx Field)

The Line: Washington Football Team +8.5 -- Over/Under: 46.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Washington Football Team battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a NFC Wild Card Playoff matchup in NFL action from FedEx Field on Saturday night.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into this one as the #5 seed in the NFC and the wild card entrant out of the NFC South after an 11-5 record, including four straight wins to finish the regular season. Tom Brady has thrown for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 65.7% passing while Ronald Jones II leads the Bucs on the ground with 978 rushing yards and 7 TDs and Leonard Fournette has 367 rushing yards and 6 scores this season. Mike Evans leads the Bucs in receiving with 70 catches for 1,006 yards and 13 TDs while Chris Godwin has 65 grabs for 840 yards and 7 scores and Rob Gronkowski has 45 catches for 623 yards and 7 TDs as well. Scotty Miller has 501 receiving yards and Antonio Brown has 483 receiving yards while Cameron Brate has 282 receiving yards for the Buccaneers this season. On defense, Devin White leads the Buccaneers with 140 total tackles including 97 solo tackles and 9 sacks while Lavonte David had 117 total tackles with 82 solo tackles. Carlton Davis had a team-high 4 INTs while Jason Pierre-Paul led Tampa Bay with 9.5 sacks. Shaquil Barrett and Ndamukong Suh had 8 and 6 sacks respectively this season.

The Washington Football team enter this game at 7-9, winners of the brutal NFC East division this season, earning the #4 seed as a result. Alex Smith has thrown for 1,582 yards, 6 touchdowns and 8 interceptions on 66.7% passing while Antonio Gibson leads Washington with 795 rushing yards and 11 TDs. J.D. McKissic has 365 rushing yards and Peyton Barber has 258 rushing yards with 4 TDs while Terry McLaurin leads the Washington Football Team with 1,118 receiving yards and 87 catches with 4 TDs this season. Logan Thomas has 670 receiving yards with a team-high 6 touchdowns while McKissic has 589 receiving yards. Cam Sims has 477 receiving yards this season while Gibson and Steven Sims Jr. each have 200+ receiving yards and Isaiah Wright and Dontrelle Inman each have 150+ receiving yards. On defense, Jon Bostic leads the squad with 118 total tackles including 61 solo tackles while Kamren Curl has 63 solo tackles and 3 interceptions this season. Kendall Fuller leads Washington with 4 INTs while Montez Sweat has a team-high 9 sacks and Chase Young added 7.5 sacks in his rookie season. Ryan Kerrigan also had 5.5 sacks and Tim Settle added 5 sacks this season.

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Tampa Bay is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a road favorite while the over is 24-9 in their last 33 road games. Washington is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog while the under is 9-1 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record.The underdog is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I get Tampa Bay being favored, coming in on a four-game winning streak and having a far better record than Washington who barely got in on the last day of the season. However, Washington also won five of their last seven games to finish the season and the two teams since 2010 to make the playoffs with a record below .500 both won their wild card game outright when Seattle went Beast Mode to beat New Orleans in 2010 and Carolina beat a injury-riddled Cardinals team in 2014. I’m not sure Washington wins outright here, but we’re getting a free touchdowns plus with Washington, a team that’s got just as much of a chance with their defense as Tampa Bay does with theirs. Give me Washington and the points in this spot.

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Chris’s Pick Washington +8.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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