The 6-2 Bucs come off their bye and travel to the capital to take on the 2-6 Washington Football team. Can Tampa get back to winning ways after their loss to New Orleans, or will Washington pull off an upset win against the reigning Super Bowl champs?
Washington also had their bye last week, and it probably came at the best possible time with Washington in the midst of a 4-game skid. Taylor Heinicke continues to deputise for the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick, and his struggles are a key reason for the WFT’s current winless run. Heinicke has only thrown 3 TD passes in the last 4 games, and to compound a bad situation, he’s thrown 6 interceptions in the same time frame. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers possess one of the league’s top run defenses, so Washington’s offensive output will be placed firmly on the shoulders of the backup QB.
Tampa Bay lead the NFL in points scored and passing yards through ten weeks, despite already having their bye. Tom Brady, at 44 years of age, is having yet another MVP-calibre season. Posting 2650 yards, 25 TDs and only 5 Interceptions as he leads this explosive Tampa Bay offense, Brady has thrown three or more TD passes in five of his eight games this season. Against a porous WFT defense that has allowed three or more TD passes against them in 50% of their games this season, I like his chances of adding another such game to his potential 2021 MVP resume.
Spread: Buccaneers -9.5
Game Prediction: Buccaneers 31-21 WFT
Best Bet: Tom Brady over 2.5 Passing TDs @ 8/5 with Bet365. [0.5]