Win or go home in Washington’s first playoff game since 2015. It is that simple. A win today by the Washington Football Team moves them forward, and they will most likely have to do win without quarterback Alex Smith. According to reports, there is a good chance that Taylor Heinicke will be Washington’s quarterback opposite Tom Brady.
Washington will feature running back Antonio Gibson, and wide receiver Terry McLaurin on offense as well as tight end Logan Thomas who is a former college quarterback. Head coach Ron Rivera admitted earlier in the week that it could be Heinicke taking snaps in this game as well as Smith, but expect Smith to be inactive based on reports.
This is a golden opportunity for Heinicke who becomes the fourth starter this season for Washington along with Smith, Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen who is on the injured list. Backing up Heinicke is Steven Montez, and he was previously on the practice squad and has not taken a snap in an NFL game this season.
With the many question marks about Washington’s offense, coach Rivera will be counting on his defense to make plays. At the front of the defense is a group led by rookie Chase Young and his teammates who plan to wreak havoc on Tom Brady.
On the Vegas line, Tampa is favored by 10 points on the William Hill Sportsbook. Keep checking back as this line could change:
- Tampa vs. Washington spread: Washington +10 points
- Tampa vs. Washington over-under: 45 points
- Tampa vs. Washington money line: Washington -500; Eagles +400
Remember, if you live near the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. or drive within a few blocks you can access the William Hill mobile app and bet the game.
This game is televised on NBC at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland at 8:20 pm ET.