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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Washington Football Team Tips - Bucs to be made to work for victory

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Washington Football Team preview for the NFL PlayOff at FedEx Field
  • The match is the first of the NFL Wildcard Weekend fixtures on Sunday (1.15am GMT)
  • Washington have seen under the total match points in their last 5 matches
  • Under 44.5 points is tipped along with a Tampa Bay win
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 (Getty Images)
John Eastwood 08 Jan 2021
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Washington Predictions


Tampa Bay and Tom Brady should be too good on the Buccaneers' long-awaited return to the playoffs. But expect this to be more of a slugfest against a stubborn Washington defence with under the points total tipped.

  • Washington finished the season as NFC East winners despite a 7-9 record.
  • Washington have won 1 of their last 3 matches.
  • Washington have seen under the total match points in their last 5 matches.
  • Washington are playing in the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished runners-up in NFC South with an 11-5 record.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won their last 4 matches.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers are playing in the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Head to Head


There two sides haven't met since 2018. It has been a recent rivalry dominated by Washington, who have won nine of the last 10 head to heads dating back to 2011. The Buccaneers have lost the last four straight against Washington.

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Washington secured the NFC East title last week with a 20-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles to make the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

Their record of 7-9 makes them the only team in the playoffs with a negative win-loss record, and they head in as the complete underdogs to make the Super Bowl.

Ron Rivera's side's season has been built on a solid defence, which ranked sixth in sacks and fourth in fewest points allowed during the regular season.

While quarterback Alex Smith has completed a remarkable return from injury, he has thrown just six touchdown passes to go with eight interceptions. That is something WFT need to improve on if they are to trouble Tampa Bay and Tom Brady.

Smith was absent for Week 15 and Week 16 due to injury, and it showed as Washington lost to Seattle Seahawks 20-15 and Carolina Panthers 20-13.

Washington Team News


Quarterback Alex Smith is still not 100 per cent fit due to a calf strain, but will take his place. Dwayne Haskins and Taylor Heinicke are on standby.

Running back Antonio Gibson and wide receiver Terry McLaurin will be assessed after suffering toe and ankle injuries respectively.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Form


Quarterback Tom Brady has led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first playoff appearance since the 2007 season. 

The Bucs enter the postseason on the back of a four-game winning streak to finish runners-up in NFC South behind the New Orleans Saints with an 11-5 record.

The run of four wins over the Minnesota Vikings (26-14), Atlanta Falcons (31-17), Detroit Lions (47-7) and Atlanta Falcons (44-27) has been built on a prolific offence.

Will Brady's form continue for the Bucs is a season that has seen him throw 40 touchdown passes? Or can Washington's defence find a way to stop this rampant Tampa Bay offence?

Tampa Bay Team News


Tampa Bay have linebacker Shaquil Barrett back from the reserve list following his COVID-19 absence, and running back LeSean McCoy is also available.

Linebacker Deone Bucannon has been added to the squad, but there are doubts over receiver Mike Evans (knee), pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) and cornerback Carlton Davis (groin).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Washington Football Team

What is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Washington Football Team best bet?

The Bucs are in flying form with four straight wins. But they face a stubborn Washington defence, and under 44.5 points if the best bet.

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Verdict

Washington's last five games have gone under the total match points line and the potential absence of Mike Evans is a blow for the Bucs. The hosts can keep thing close and deny Tampa Bay the kind of opportunities they have had in recent weeks.

Best Bet: Under 44.5 Points Total Points @-111.11 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Bucs & Under 44.5 Result & Total Points @145.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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