Buccaneers vs. Washington: First playoff preview since 2007

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The verdict

The Buccaneers are rightfully the favorites in this game. Washington has very little to lean on other than their defense. This could spell some issues for Tampa Bay, but in the end, the better team will win.

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The Bucs have beaten every team they faced this season that finished the year below .500, and Washington should prove no different.

This game could be exactly what the Buccaneers and Tom Brady need to prove themselves. Some prominent figures in the media still count Brady out, and the Bucs are falsely considered “pretenders” by those same people. This game will prove both beliefs wrong.

As previously mentioned, this game will come down to the passing attacks for both teams. If Tom Brady plays well, the Bucs will undoubtedly win. Even if Brady plays poorly, the Bucs still have a real chance if they can keep Alex Smith shut down.

This game has been a long time coming, but it goes beyond a simple wildcard win. The Buccaneers would find success in their all-in season by winning this game and ending one of the longest playoff droughts in the NFL. All of the critiques of the franchise in recent years and controversial decisions will be worthwhile if Tampa Bay can just take care of business tomorrow.

The Buccaneers will have to play a great game to make it to the next round, but the odds are already in their favor for success. If they show up and play like they have this season, Tom Brady and the Bucs should win a long-awaited playoff game for the people of Tampa.

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