Redskins Bounce Back, Beat Buccaneers 16-3
The Washington Redskins came into this game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers facing a lot of adversity. Bad game the week before, banged up offensive line, and a defense which suddenly appeared vulnerable. But today in central Florida, the Redskins answered the bell in a big way.
The Buccaneers got the ball first and immediately started a drive. However, just as it appeared that they were going to score, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw an interception to Josh Norman on the goal line. This would in essence serve as the theme of the game.
There was not much offense in this game, but this is the style of game the Redskins prefer this season. The only touchdown in this game for either team was a 14 yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to Josh Doctson. The Redskins offense mustered 286 yards today, but they were effective when it mattered late.
Another big story in this game was the offensive line. The Redskins came into this game without Pro Bowlers Trent Williams and Brandon Scherff and with Morgan Moses being ruled as questionable. This group faced the most adversity out of any group, and they were up to the challenge. This “banged up” offensive line was able to keep Alex Smith on his feet today, only allowing one sack.
The theme of the day for the Redskins defense was “bend, but don’t break.” Five times in this game the Buccaneers threatened to score. The results: an interception to Josh Norman, a missed field goal, a made field goal, a fumble by Jaquizz Rodgers, and a fumble by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tampa had 501 yards of total offense, but only 3 points to show for it. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came into this game with one of the best offenses in the league, and the Redskins forced 4 turnovers and frustrated them all throughout the game.
Redskins will host the Texans next week.