TB-WASH Free Pick
Two struggling teams will square off at FedExField on Sunday when the Washington Redskins host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1:00PM ET.
The Buccaneers fell to 0-3 on the season after losing to the Giants 24-0 as 6.5-point underdogs. Byron Leftwich threw for only 22 yards with an interception, while Cadillac Williams totaled only eight yards on two carries.
The Redskins suffered an embarrassing 19-14 loss to the Lions as a 6-point favorite, as Jason Campbell threw an interception and fumbled twice. He did pass for 340 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Redskins 7.5-point favorites over the Bucs on Sunday. The over/under total has been set at 37 for this matchup.
Due to their lack of offense, Tampa replaced Leftwich with young quarterback Josh Johnson, who is a threat to run but is inexperienced as a passer. That said, it won’t matter who’s under center for the Bucs if their defense can’t slow opposing offenses down.
The Redskins have proven they can move the ball effectively this year, but struggle once they get past mid-field. They can’t put the ball in the end zone once they’ve reached the red zone, which has drawn head coach Jim Zorn plenty of criticism.
Still, the Bucs are bad football team that is starting a quarterback in Johnson that doesn’t have much playing experience. It’s tough to put your money behind a team that just lost to the Lions, but Washington is the better play given Tampa’s brutal defense and lack of scoring ability.
We highly recommend taking the under in this game, as neither team is a threat to score.
Our NFL Week 4 Free Pick for this matchup is: WASHINGTON REDSKINS –7.5 and UNDER 37.
213 Tampa Bay Buccaneers +7.5 Over 37 Moneyline: +290
214 Washington Redskins –7.5 Under 37 Moneyline: -380
Tampa Bay is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Tampa Bay is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Washington is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Tampa Bay
Washington is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tanard Jackson, S, Out Until Week 5 (suspension)
Jeff Faine, C, Out Week 4 (triceps)
Kyle Moore, DE, Out Week 4 (knee)
Gaines Adams, DE, Questionable Week 4 (groin)
Antonio Bryant, WR, Questionable Week 4 (knee)
Byron Leftwich, QB, Questionable Week 4 (hip)
Derrick Ward, RB, Questionable Week 4 (knee)
B.J. Askew, RB, Probable Week 4 (hamstring)
Torrie Cox, CB, Probable Week 4 (ankle)
Earnest Graham, RB, Probable Week 4 (hamstring)
Marcus Johnson, G, Probable Week 4 (ankle)
Roy Miller, DT, Probable Week 4 (ankle)
Mike Nugent, K, Probable Week 4 (left quadricep)
Clifton Smith, RB, Probable Week 4 (quadricep)
Maurice Stovall, WR, Probable Week 4 (knee)
Carnell Williams, RB, Probable Week 4 (knee)
Jeremy Zuttah, G, Probable Week 4 (hip)
Anthony Montgomery, DT, Doubtful Week 4 (knee)
Clinton Portis, RB, Questionable Week 4 (calf)
Cornelius Griffin, DT, Probable Week 4 (thigh)
DeAngelo Hall, CB, Probable Week 4 (ankle)
Albert Haynesworth, DT, Probable Week 4 (glute)
Carlos Rogers, CB, Probable Week 4 (ankle)
Mike Sellers, RB, Probable Week 4 (thigh)
Posted: 10/4/09 8:30AM ET