Cash Redskins vs. Buccs Winning Ticket Earlier Than Expected As Game Gets Moved To Wednesday

Colt McCoy getting ready to throw the ball

Jay Pryce

Monday, August 29, 2016 6:59 PM GMT

Colt McCoy will lead Redskins to take on the Buccaneers in the final exhibition game that has been moved to Wednesday due to a storm thread in Tampa area. Check out our free NFL pick with the analysis here. 

Washington Redskins (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS)
Jay Gruden is 3-1 in each of his first two preseasons as Redskins head coach and enters Tampa one win shy of equaling the mark for a third consecutive year. You know Gruden’s team is at its best when controlling the ball, and it’s been able to do that, averaging 32:20 minutes in time of possession. The team averages 20.0 points per game.

Backup QB Colt McCoy will act as primary signal-caller against the Bucs. He knows offensive coordinator Sean McVay’s system well and has gone the distance at quarterback the last two exhibition finales for Gruden. Playing both against Sunshine State foes (Jaguars and Buccaneers), McCoy is 44-for-62 with 529 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.

The first-team defensive unit has played great, holding opposing starting quarterbacks to 18 of 46 passing with a combined QB rating of 33.3 Overall, it’s allowed 53 yards of total offense in this spot. The backups have shown some holes, though, with 33 of the 57 points allowed coming in the second half.

Washington cut 10 players on Sunday, trimming its roster closer to the 75-player limit mandatory by all teams on Tuesday. Seven of those players waived were from the defense. The secondary appears settled, but the front seven has a few positions still up for grabs, so expect to see some fiery play vs. Buccaneers.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS)
New head coach Dirk Koetter is an offensive specialist and managing play-calling duties, but it’s the defense under former Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith turning some heads this preseason. The Bucs’ 3.6 yards allowed per play is tops in the NFL during the exhibition period. The unit has yielded 51 points, primarily because of a few critical mistakes and self-imposed blunders. Tampa’s 33 defensive penalties (259 yards) are the most of any team in the league.

Koetter will play Mike Glennon at quarterback for most of the game. Glennon started 19 games for the Bucs prior to Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston taking his job. He’s tossed for over 4,000 yards and 29 touchdowns in his NFL career, not too bad considering the state of Tampa’s offense at the time. But he’s looked so-so in the preseason, taking limited practice reps in Koetter’s new system. The former N.C. State product is 20-for-40 with 216 yards, one touchdown, and one interception with a 64.2 average passer rating.

Bettors will have to follow the papers closely headed into the preseason finale. Trade rumors are once again heating up that the Cowboys may be interested in Glennon now that Tony Romo is out for 10-12 weeks with a broken bone in his back. Ryan Griffin, who’s 20-for-36 with 239 yards passing, zero touchdowns, and three picks this preseason, is the third option under center.

 

Final Analysis
Washington may have been a little unlucky to lose to the Jags last season in the final preseason game, with McCoy and the offense controlling the time of possession for 38:56 minutes; he won against Tampa in the prior year. He’s moved the offense well in both preseason finales for Gruden, leading the unit to 24 and 21 first downs respectively. Coupled with Glennon’s struggles, he may be the better option under center in this one, and the game's difference-maker. Redskins to win it is the free NFL pick

 

Free NFL Pick: Redskins +135
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