Date/Time: November 11th, 2018; 1 pm EST
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Line: Bucs -3, O/U 51
Bucs Offense vs. Redskins Defense
Like most, if not all of their games this season, the Bucs will win on the shoulders of the offense. For the second week in a row, Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at quarterback. Last week against the Panthers, Fitzpatrick had an up-and-down game. He threw four touchdowns in a nice comeback effort but also had two costly interceptions.
At the Bucs' midpoint, their identity is one of a top-flight passing offense and a defense lacking in big-play ability. #Bucs #Buccaneers @TB_Times @EddieInTheYard @Buccaneers https://t.co/RDmJ5ueCwj
— TampaBayTimesSports (@TBTimes_Sports) November 8, 2018
Luckily for the Bucs, they have one of the best-receiving cores in the NFL. Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, and O.J Howard are all in the top 40 in receiving yards and present matchup nightmares for defending teams. Add in reliable targets like Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries and the Bucs round out their elite core.
While the Redskins’ defense is ranked in the top 11 in both yards allowed and points allowed per game, but they struggle against the pass. Cornerback Josh Norman will most likely draw the assignment of guarding Evans but the rest of the secondary is a question mark. Guys like safety D.J Swearinger and the other corner Quinton Dunbar could struggle against this dynamic Bucs’ passing attack.
Bucs Defense vs. Redskins Offense
It’s been said time and time again, this Buccaneers’ defense is very bad. They give up the fourth-most yards per game (414.3) and the most points per game (34.4). Luckily for them, this is the worst offense they have faced all year and the Redskins are dealing with some major injuries.
There is a very real possibility that the Redskins could be without four of their starting five offensive linemen. Tackle Trent Williams and guards Shawn Lauvao and Brandon Scherff have already been ruled out. The other tackle Morgan Moses is the only question mark and he’s listed as questionable. This is good for the Buccaneers who will be looking to get their defensive line by stopping the run and getting to the quarterback.
New Redskin running back Adrian Peterson could be an x-factor in this one. In his four games against the Bucs, Peterson has rushed for 462 yards and five touchdowns. He has also rushed for over 120 yards in the last three, including a 134-yard performance last season.
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— TampaBayTimesSports (@TBTimes_Sports) November 9, 2018
The Redskins don’t have the best receiving core, but guys like Josh Doctson and Jordan Reed still concern. With such a young secondary it’ll be interesting to see how they handle these two. Alex Smith isn’t an elite-level quarterback but is still more than capable of picking a defense apart, especially one as bad as the Bucs.
Advantage: Slightly for Redskins
Prediction: Buccaneers def Redskins 31-28
I think the Bucs catch a huge break with getting the Redskins this week. Missing three, possibly four offensive linemen, is tough for any team to handle. Expect the Bucs’ defensive line to have a decent day. But when they do struggle the Redskins should be able to move the football with relative ease. I think this game goes back-and-forth for most of the part, but Fitzpatrick and this passing attack will ultimately be too much for the Redskins to handle.
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