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Tips For Betting On Redskins Buccaneers – Two Teams Try To Snap Two-Game Skids In Tampa

Posted by Tony Bryant on 9/27/2012 6:41:15 PM

The Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers both know that teams that start the regular season with a 1-3 record do not have a particularly good chance of making the playoffs.

Washington Redskins @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sunday, September 30   
Online betting line: Tampa Bay -2.5

Why Washington Will Win

In much the same way that an online poker game is unpredictable, so are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season. In week one, coach Greg Schiano's team shut down Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in a 16-10 win. It seemed that Tampa Bay had found a formula for winning. Then, however, the Bucs surrendered four touchdowns to the New York Giants in under 20 minutes, gacking away a game they had led by a double-digit margin. The Buccaneers scored over 30 points, but in a loss. They had basically played a game that – in score, style and flow – was 180 degrees different from the week-one win against Carolina.

What happened in week three against Dallas? Tampa Bay went back to playing a defense-dominated game, but this time, the Bucs were on the short side of a 16-10 outcome. Quarterback Josh Freeman and the rest of the Bucs' offense were absolutely dreadful against Dallas, failing to take advantage of good field position on numerous occasions.

Washington has a lot of injuries on defense, but is Tampa Bay the team that can pile up the points against the wounded Redskins? It's hard to give a convincing "yes" in answer to that question. Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III has led his team to at least 28 points in all three games this season. The Redskins have a legitimate chance of beating the Bucs as long as they can keep Tampa Bay's mediocre offense under 20 points.

Why Tampa Bay Will Win

When NFL betting commentators give this game a thorough examination, they will be brought back to a fundamental reality: Washington is playing without two defensive starters it counted on to provide a lot of production this season. Linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker were supposed to bolster Washington's front seven, but they were injured for the remainder of the season in week two against St. Louis.

Predictably, the Cincinnati Bengals took advantage of these two injuries, ringing up 38 points against the Redskins in week three. It's true that Washington can score with quarterback Robert Griffin III, but the Redskins are now noticeably vulnerable on defense… and this is a team that gave up 32 points in week one and 31 more in week two. There hasn't yet been a game this season in which Washington has limited an opponent to fewer than 31 points. Tampa Bay's offense, as mediocre as it has been in 2012, figures to get healthy against Washington, especially at home in calm weather conditions.

Who Will Win

It’s simply a matter of math and attrition: Washington doesn't have enough bodies in its defensive front seven to withstand the rigors of 60 minutes. Tampa Bay will eventually find openings on offense and dig out the win at home.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Tampa Bay



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