Washington Matches Up Surprisingly Well Against Buccaneers Offense

The Washington Football Team matches up surprisingly well against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Washington Football Team matches up surprisingly well against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Washington Football Team (7-9) will be looking to pull off a major upset when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs. The Buccaneers have won four straight games and are 8.5-point favorites in this one, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL betting odds.

However, the upset may not be as farfetched as some people believe. Washington's defense is one of the best units in the NFL and has proven all year that it can match up with any kind of high-powered offense. In fact, Washington has especially thrived at defending the deep ball, which has been Brady's bread and butter in recent weeks.

The Buccaneers' offense has had a lot of success throwing the ball downfield as of late. Tom Brady has thrown for at least 345 passing yards in four of his last five games. That could all change this weekend as he now runs into a defense that has been dominant against opposing QBs.

Plus, Brady has been a much worse quarterback when pressured this season. Only three defenses generated sacks at a higher rate than Washington (8.2%).

If the Football Team wants to win, they cannot get themselves into a shootout. A low-scoring, defensive game benefits Washington more than it does Tampa Bay.

The last time a team under .500 made the playoffs, they pulled off an upset at home as the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks took down the New Orleans Saints, 41-36.

With Washington excelling at stopping what Tampa Bay does best, why can't it happen again?

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