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The Brady effect: Bucs are historic betting favorites vs. WFT

/ by Darren Hartwell
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Chase Young seems fired up for Washington's NFC Wild Card matchup with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Oddsmakers don't seem to share his enthusiasm for the Football Team.

Brady and the 11-5 Bucs will visit FedExField on Saturday night as huge betting favorites over Washington, which made the playoffs at 7-9 by being the least dysfunctional team in the NFC East.

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Here are the odds for Saturday night's Bucs-WFT matchup -- odds provided by our partner, PointsBet Sportsbook.

Moneyline: Bucs -420, Washington +320

Point Spread: Bucs -8, Washington +8

Point Total: Over 45.5 (-115), Under 45.5 (-105)

The Bucs are eight-point favorites after closing the season with four consecutive wins and scoring 31 points or more in each of their final three contests.

That's the most Tampa Bay has ever been favored in a postseason game since the franchise was founded -- a testament to how much Brady has helped turn this team around after a 12-year playoff drought.

What's more impressive: The Bucs are just the second team since odds tracking began in 1978 to be favored by at least eight points in a road playoff game, per Rotoworld's EDGE Finder. (Brady and Co. will seek a different result from the first: the 2010 New Orleans Saints, who lost to the Seattle Seahawks as 9-point favorites thanks to Marshawn Lynch's iconic "Beast Quake" run.)

 

Washington's ineptitude has plenty to do with these skewed odds, as the Football Team is just the fifth team in NFL history to reach the playoffs with a losing record. But Brady also has the Bucs firing on all cylinders following a remarkable age-43 campaign with Tampa Bay.

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So, while New England Patriots fans are used to Brady being heavily favored in a playoff game, this is uncharted territory for the Bucs and their fans.

Be sure to catch Tampa Bay take on Washington in an NFC Wild Card matchup Saturday night at 8:15 p.m. ET on NBC10 Boston. Pregame coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with Football Night in America.