Late start time could be beneficial for Washington vs. Tom Brady, Buccaneers

Ethan Cadeaux
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Late start time could be beneficial for Washington vs. Brady, Bucs originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

By almost all accounts, Tom Brady is the best quarterback to ever play football. And in 2020, even at age 43, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers passer has shown no signs of slowing down.

On Saturday, Brady will make his Buccaneers playoff debut against the Washington Football Team after the Burgundy and Gold clinched the NFC East on Sunday night.

Tampa Bay is the heavy favorite over Washington, and it makes sense. The Bucs won 11 games in 2020 and have not lost since the last weekend of November. But, there's one key factor about the matchup that works well in the home team's favor.

The Wild Card matchup kicks off Saturday at 8:15 p.m. This season, Brady and the Bucs have struggled significantly in primetime matchups.

Tampa Bay played in four primetime games this season, meaning games that started at 8:15 p.m. or later. The Buccaneers went 1-3 in those games, and Brady threw as many interceptions (five) as touchdowns.

Let's take a look at each one of those matchups, and how Brady fared in each.

Week 5: 20-19 loss to Chicago; Brady finished 25-41, 253, 1 TD, 0 INT

Week 8: 25-23 win over New York Giants; 28-40, 279 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT

Week 9: 38-3 loss to New Orleans; 22-38, 309 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT

Week 11: 27-24 loss to Los Angeles Rams; 26-48, 216 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT

In Tampa Bay's 12 non-primetime games, Brady finished with 35 touchdown passes to just seven interceptions. The Bucs went 10-2 in those matchups.

On the flip side, Washington is 3-0 in primetime games, including victories over the Cowboys in blowout fashion on Thanksgiving and a win over the previously 11-0 Steelers in Pittsburgh.

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Sure, this may be a specific stat that means nothing come Saturday night. After all, Brady has won six Super Bowls and played in nine, while the overwhelming majority of Washington's roster has never played in the playoffs at all.

Washington has embraced the underdog mentality all season, though, and Saturday will be no different. For Washington, at least they'll know the late start time plays in their favor. 

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Tampa Bay
+140+3.5O 52.5
Green Bay
-167-3.5U 52.5