Against all odds, and despite (what seemed like at times seemed like) their best efforts, the Washington Football team is playoff-bound. While the arguments for their unworthiness are well-worn and have been oft-repeated over the last week, and indeed preemptively in the weeks leading up to the conclusion of the regular season, on this edition of The Cult Of Colt, we don’t apologize for doing what needed to be done in order to earn a division crown and to play at least another week of football in the postseason for the first time since 2015.
Gumbi and I were joined by Jason Curtis, a writer, and producer for Bucs Nation, SB Nation’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers blog. Jason, who is a very good hang, is the co-host of the North & South Podcast and the Host of the Commissioner’s Corner Fantasy Football show on the Bucs Nation Podcast channel.
Much like Washington, Tampa has had a... tough go of things since their last Championship, and we discussed what it means for them to get the opportunity for the first postseason dub since they won the Super Bowl in 2002 (which came as a shock to all of us!) Jason is of the mind that Tom Brady was clearly responsible for the team’s turnaround, and they have no lack of household names at offensive skill positions, but also believes that the WFT defense may be surprised by Ronald Jones II if they don’t pay him proper mind.
In addition, we dive in to Washington and Tampa Bay’s playoff history with each other — They met back on Wild Card weekend in January of 2006, a 17-10 Washington win, and also back in 2000, a game that is considered quite infamous in Washington for how it ended on a botched field goal attempt in a one-point Buccaneers victory. (Re-live that contest here at your own peril.)
While we’re unanimous in our final game predictions, we have some bold predictions to add: that Washington loses by 20 and Chase Young is sack-less (Jason), that Chase Young finishes with two or more sacks of Tom Brady (Gumbi), and that Washington will win the turnover battle (me.)
Let us know if you have a bold prediction for Saturday’s matchup against the Bucs in the comments below.
After letting Jason go on his way, Gumbi and I spent a few minutes of our time to reflect on the Eagles contest and the gripes (of the particularly loud variety from our friends up in New York) that the game, and indeed Washington’s division title, should be considered in some way illegitimate. We wholeheartedly disagree with this assessment and suggest that perhaps winning only six games and hoping for a little bit of help is not the best way to earn divisional supremacy.
We’ll be looking forward to Washington on Saturday night, and won’t let the nay-sayers prevent us from enjoying what was earned — there will be time for season retrospectives once the season is over — but for now, we’re in full playoff mode.
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As of right now, Vegas has Tampa Bay as 8.5 point favorites over Washington. How would you bet?
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Tampa Bay wins by more than 8 points
Tampa Bay wins by 8 points or fewer or it’s a tie
Washington wins outright