Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Washington Redskins Pick & Preview: This one has the feeling of a trap – and to think about, a lot of games seem tricky this week – that’s not usually a good feeling, but that’s something I don’t think you should think about – you should never go against a team because it feels too right (ahem, Colts -3 at Tennessee on Thursday Night… Fail) – Anyway, the Bucs have been playing good football, even though they haven’t been winning at the same clip they did to start the season, they are playing good teams tough.
A couple weeks ago the Ravens hosted the Bucs and Tampa fought back to make that a one score game, losing 17-10 as they played stout defense against Baltimore. Last week it was a 4-point loss to the Falcons. The Bucs are playing really well, and that’s probably why they keep making Bucco-Backers money, winning 5 of their last 6 against the spread.
Washington has been the opposite of Tampa Bay. Donovan McNabb has one multi-touchdown game all season long, The run game hasn’t been effective outside of garbage minutes, and the team recently (and finally) suspended their highest paid and best talent for the rest of the season for being such a jack-wagon. Maybe that helps this team, maybe – but injuries to Carlos Rodgers and LaRon Landry have really hurt a bad secondary, and this team is already playing for next season.
The Bucs hit a tough snag in the injury department last week as well, putting Aqib Talib and Jeff Faine on the IR and taking some shots on Mike Williams as well (who is questionable). They won’t be fully healthy, but then again, it’s Week 14 and nobody is, especially the Redskins. I’m taking the better team here, like most people.