Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington picks, predictions: Who wins NFL playoff game?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) and Washington Football Team (7-9) face off on Saturday in a Wild Card NFL playoff game.
Which team will get the victory?
Check out these NFL playoff picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 6:15 p.m. MST time on NBC.
The Buccaneers are an 8-point favorite in the game.
More NFL Wild Card playoff picks, predictions:
- Colts vs. Bills | Rams vs. Seahawks | Bucs vs. Washington
- Ravens vs. Titans | Bears vs. Saints | Browns vs. Steelers
Pro Football Network: Buccaneers 20, Washington 14
Ben Rolfe writes: "There is a lot to be intrigued about in this game. For as poor as Washington has been on offense, their defense is very good. They also have a defense that can cause Tom Brady trouble, as they are able to generate pressure all across their defensive line. The Buccaneers offense is clicking right now, but the defenses they have faced recently have been nowhere near the quality of this Washington group. The problem for Washington revolves around how much offense they can generate. Even if their defense holds the Buccaneers to around 20 points, it is tough to be certain Washington can score more. Our NFL playoff prediction for this matchup is for the Buccaneers to win but not cover the spread."
Sportsnaut: Buccaneers 35, Washington 16
Vincent Frank writes: "It’s definitely a feel good story in the nation’s capital. Head coach Ron Rivera battling through cancer. Alex Smith returning under center after suffering a life-threatening foot injury back in 2018. Washington’s players overcoming a disastrous owner to show out and win the pedestrian NFC East. None of that is going to matter at home against GOAT Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come the NFL Playoffs. Brady threw for nearly 400 yards and four more touchdowns during Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons. He finishes the season having thrown 40 touchdowns while leading the Buccaneers to an absurd 30.6 points per game. Antonio Brown is finding his groove. Rob Gronkowski continues to do Rob Gronkowski things. I would absolutely love to go with Washington in an upset. It would be a tremendous story for Rivera, Smith and Co. Unfortunately, reality tells me otherwise. This is not going to be a close game."
Pro Football Network: Buccaneers 26, Washington 18
Oliver Hodgkinson writes: "One of the NFL’s most potent offenses meets one of its stingiest defenses as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to take on the Washington Football Team. The NFC East has been the laughing stock of the NFL this season. Will they have the last laugh with a surprise Washington win on Wild Card Weekend? The answer, unfortunately, will be no. Although the Washington defense has the capability to hold Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay offense to a low scoring affair, their ability to go toe to toe on offense is sadly lacking. As beautiful as the Alex Smith comeback story is, he hasn’t got enough to get it done. Even if Washington leans on the ground game behind Antonio Gibson, the Buccaneers have allowed the fewest rushing yards per game in the NFL this season. They’ve also allowed the least rushing touchdowns in the league."
College Football News: Buccaneers 23, Washington 16
Pete Fiutak writes: "BE … CAREFUL. Everyone will mock, ridicule, and laugh at a 7-9 team being in the playoffs, but this defense is the real deal. Weather will matter a bit for the guys from Tampa, but the bigger problem will be Chase Young and a pass rush that will disrupt Tom Brady – the first time in weeks anyone will do that – and make this a fight. However, the Football Team offense will stall and make just enough mistakes to not pull this off, but the Buccaneers will get pushed."
Sports Interaction: Take Washington with the points
Payton Matthews writes: "Tom Brady is of course no stranger to playoff football but this will be his first postseason not in a New England Patriots uniform. The Bucs are the NFC’s No. 5 seed and hope to become the first club ever to play in a Super Bowl in their own stadium. The one injury concern is to Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans, who injured his knee in Sunday’s win over Atlanta. Evans apparently did avoid any major damage but still may not be ready by Saturday. Fourth-seeded Washington was handed the NFC East title on Sunday night when Philadelphia essentially tanked in the fourth quarter of their game. These teams didn’t play this season."
ESPN: Buccaneers have a 73.6% chance to win the game
The site gives Washington a 26.4% chance to pick up the victory.
CBS Sports breaks down the odds for the game
Jared Dubin writes: "Washington won the decrepit NFC East thanks to a laughable victory over the Eagles, while the Bucs wrapped up the No. 5 seed with a victory against the Falcons. The Football Team one of two home teams that is not favored on Wild Card Weekend, and for good reason. The under had hit in four of Tampa's last five games before Week 17, and in five of Washington's last six."