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And you shall have him, Chase Young. Hopefully more than a few times. Very few folks expect Washington to come out of this on top but there are some avenues to grabbing the W. Of course, a number of variables must line up and if they do and it’s a close game in the end, Brady will get a call going his way. Crap! Totally forgot about that! Anyway…
TO THE GAME!
-Tampa/Brady comes into this game en fuego. After their week 13 bye they smashed everyone but that was against the likes of Detroit, Minny and Atlanta (X2). Those defensing units are all suck teamified. As a matter of fact, the Bucs have all of 1(!) win vs teams that are over .500 and that was way back in week 6.
-As of this writing Taylor “Kegs Up!” Heinicke is getting the start as Alex Smith’s calf is ‘still sore’ and hasn’t ‘loosened up’. Call me bananas, but I think I’d prefer the journeyman in over an immobile Smith. There’s not a lot to go on but Heinicke did run throw at a 60+ rate and of course his yards per pass attempt number was better than Smith’s. He also used his wheels three times for 22 yards in his week 16 start. Were they designed runs or scrambles though? Well, if you’re expecting me to watch Team/Panthers highlights, I don’t get paid enough for that.
-Is There Hope In Symmetry? When the Bucs o-line faced a top 5 d-line this year they graded out as a bottom five unit after each game. Old Tommy Boy grades out as being 28th out of 42 qualifying qb’s when under pressure. Given the talent on Team’s d-line, they don’t need to sell out on the blitz in order to exert pressure on qb’s.
-Given all the weapons at his disposal in the passing game, I’m sure Arians is going to test Team’s secondary early, try to get two early scores and glide home.
-Washington’s O, being the abysmal unit that it is, should focus on McKissic and te Logan as that is the Bucs two biggest weaknesses. Tampa has given up more passes to rb’s than any other team in the league.
-To me, Team’s only hope is to get one or more scores from a punt/kick return or an interception/fumble because they’re likely to bog down quite a bit. Should they win I’m guessing their field goal kicker will be team MVP.
Do your thing.