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Buccaneers Open as Huge Favorites Over Washington for Wild Card Matchup

By michael obermuller
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are road favorites against the Washington Football Team on Wildcard Weekend.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are road favorites against the Washington Football Team on Wildcard Weekend. / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been the likely five seed in the NFC for a while now, which of course meant that they would face the worst of the division champs, which now officially means the winner of the NFC East.

The Washington Football Team claimed that honor when they held on against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football, and their reward is a home playoff game against Tom Brady and the Bucs. As of now, oddsmakers aren't giving much respect to home-field advantage, opening with Tampa as 7.5-point road favorites over Washington.

This is a tough one to determine, because history has actually sided with the home team in situations like this (where a division winner had a sub-.500 record), even though all rational thought tells you that the Buccaneers are the better team. Yes that's right, sub-.500 playoff teams are 2-0 in their only two Wildcard Weekend appearances.

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera even coached one of the previous sub-.500 teams that won their home game, the 2014 Carolina Panthers. If the Bucs aren't careful, they could become the third wildcard team to fall victim to this trend.

The most interesting matchup should be the Washington pass rush against Brady and this TB offensive line. Throughout his career, Brady's main weakness has been his mobility, and we have seen dominant pass rushers beat him in the past, that's how the New York Giants did it in both Super Bowl wins over Brady and the Patriots.

Alex Smith will also be a major comeback story after his career-altering injury. This will be his first playoff appearance since his days with the Kansas City Chiefs, and he faces a pretty fearsome pass rush as well.

Tampa Bay is the hotter team, with four straight victories heading into the postseason, but we'll see if this line adjusts at all based on the historical trends. Check back on FanDuel Sportsbook for all the updates on NFL Playoffs betting lines and odds.

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