The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head up the East Coast December 12th to play a Washington Redskins team that is looking to find it’s identity. The Tampa bay Buccaneers are a strong team when they play teams that are struggling with losing records.
This game against Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins is perfect timing for the Bucs. Albert Haynesworth has been suspended for the remainder of the season and word in the locker room is that most if the players, including McNabb are supportive of Haynesworth.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense vs Washington Redskins Offense
Defense is not the strong suit of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but they are not weak on defense either. The strongest aspect of the Tampa Bay defense is the corner and secondary play. Aqib Talib has made his mark this season and is a turnover machine in the secondary.
He has learned at the feet of future hall of fame corner Ronde Barber and he has learned quickly. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are giving up just over 200 yards per game through the air but they are vulnerable against the run. They are allowing over 130 yards per game on the ground.
Donovan McNabb and his Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan have not seen eye to eye all season but McNabb keeps plugging away on this team that is in total disarray. McNabb is throwing for over 240 yards per game but he has no running game to speak of and aside from Santana Moss and Chris Cooley he has no reliable receivers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense has the edge over the Washington Redskins offense.
Washington Redskins Defense vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offense
The Washington Redskins pass defense has been abused all season long. DeAngelo Hall has been the one bright spot on this team but they are yielding over 270 yards per game through the air. Run defense is not much better for the Washington Redskins. They are getting pounded for an average of 130 yards per game on the ground and give up more yards on defense than any team in the NFL.
Josh Freeman is the perfect quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense. He is assimilating to their run first pass on third down mentality. The run offense has been inconsistent all season and they are just averaging 113 yards per game on the ground. LaGarrette Blount looked like the answer for a little while and then Cadillac Williams had one or two big games but there has never been a consistent back week in and week out. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense has the edge over the Washington Redskins defense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Washington Redskins -2.5: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has set the line on this game with the Washington Redskins set as a 2.5 point home team favorite over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 5-1 against the spread when playing as the visitor and are 5-1 straight up on the road. The Washington Redskins are 2-3-1 against the spread on their home field and they have not played their best ball on FedEx Field. Take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2.5 points over the Washington Redskins.
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