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The Washington Redskins will head on the road to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with both teams looking to get back on track in Week 10.
Adrian Peterson’s resurgence key to success
There have been a few bumps along the way, but the Redskins have had an encouraging start to the season holding a 5-3 mark through the first eight games of the year that have put them atop of the NFC East standings. Washington is coming off a discouraging 38-14 loss to the surging Atlanta Falcons, but that shouldn’t diminish their push forward this season. This has seen the return of former Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson with a resurgent 2018 campaign currently ranking sixth with 604 rushing yards along with four touchdowns that have led their ninth-ranked running game. Peterson has shown that he still has plenty left in the tank at this stage of his career as he has posted 90-plus rushing yards five times this year that includes a season-high 149 rushing yards and a touchdown along with a receiving touchdown on a seven-yard reception against the New York Giants. The 33-year-old’s comeback campaign has been a huge part in helping the Redskins get off to a strong start this season.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 4, 2018
Meanwhile, Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith has provided steady play under center with nine touchdowns to three interceptions while passing for 1,867 yards with an 89.8 passer rating. Smith has brought to the table much-needed stability at the position that has put the team in the position to contend for the NFC East division title. Although they were tagged for 38 points against the Falcons, the Redskins rank ninth allowing just 21.5 points per contest. Their play defensively will be key against the Buccaneers’ offense that has shown it can put up points with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm. If they can limit his effectiveness, it could go a long way in setting the table for Smith and Peterson to lead the charge offensively to get the team back on track to grab their fourth win in the last five games.
Bucs leaning on Fitzpatrick to lead offense
The wheels are quickly falling off the wagon for the Buccaneers after a promising 2-0 start to the season with them dropping five out of their last six games. Tampa Bay has lost their last two straight games that have put them clear out of the running to have a chance to realistically compete for the NFC South division title. It has been marred by inconsistent play on both sides of the ball. This is most notable been with their performance under center as quarterback Jameis Winston has played himself out of the starting job that has put Fitzpatrick back into the spot for the foreseeable future ahead. He has shown he can lead the team down the field for scoring drives, but it has been on the short end of the stick. This was the case in the 42-28 loss to the Carolina Panthers as he threw for 243 yards with four touchdowns, but all that came with the team down by a sizable margin.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) November 4, 2018
Fitzpatrick has shown that he can lead his team back from huge deficits, it has been the team’s inability to avoid those major holes. Much of this has been due to their defensive issues ranking 27th in the league overall including 29th against the pass and 15th against the rush. All of this has continued to put the onus on the offense to be among the top scoring units in the league in order for them to have a chance. Wide receiver Mike Evans has put together a solid campaign with 47 catches for 786 receiving yards and four touchdowns while tight end O.J. Howard has been huge with 28 receptions for 472 receiving yards and five touchdowns. If the Buccaneers hope to have a chance to get by the Redskins, it will have to be behind their offense led by Fitzpatrick’s arm.
- Buccaneers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Buccaneers are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game.
- Buccaneers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
- Redskins are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss.
- Redskins are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home.
- Redskins are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss of more than 14 points.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Although it was a disappointing loss to the Falcons, the Redskins will be in line to bounce back against the struggling Buccaneers. Their balanced attack should be enough to pace them past Tampa Bay to grab their sixth win of the season to keep them atop of the NFC East.
Prediction: Washinton +3
Full-Game Total Pick
The Redskins may boast one of the better defenses in the league, but it should see them this be a game with plenty of offense on both sides of the ball. Washington should have its way Tampa Bay’s struggling defense that could see a big outing while Fitzpatrick has shown he can help put points on the board for the Buccaneers when he is under center. It also helps that the over is 6-0 in Buccaneers’ last six games against NFC teams.
Prediction: Over 51