The Washington Redskins will look to redeem themselves Sunday at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fortunately for Washington this is a very winnable game and may help them get back on track after a somewhat embarrassing loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. The big story of the game will be Buccaneers Quarterback Josh Johnson. Johnson has only thrown four passes during an NFL game and gets his first start of his career.
I would expect the Redskins to try and blitz more than they did against Detroit. The Redskins were unable to generate much of a pass rush against the Lions as Detroit often kept in 7 blockers at the line of scrimmage to protect Matthew Stafford. The strategy worked as Detroit was able to control the ball while generating a strong running game and converted 75% of their third downs. Tampa Bay will probably follow suit making protecting Josh Johnson their number one priority while pounding the ball and trying to mix in big play’s to demoralize the Skins. Ball protection and time of possession has been the key to victory over the Skins.
The Redskins will hope to establish a run game against a defense that has been shredded this season giving up 450 total yards per game. Look for the Redskins to try and fool Tampa by going to the Play Action Pass early. Defensively the Redskins will not be intimidated by an offense that gained less than 100 total yards last week against the Giants.
Tampa Bay could quite possibly the worst team in the entire NFL. They have a rookie head coach starting an inexperienced Quarterback. The true tragedy for Buccaneers fans’ is the way that team owner Malcolm Glazer refrains from putting dollars in the team. Tampa Bay is currently 30 Million dollars under the salary cap. Instead the money is filtered to another organization also known as the Manchester United perhaps the most popular soccer team on the planet. For this reason Glazer is now competing with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to become the most despised Professional Football owner by their own fans.
What was once turning into a bitter rivalry between the Redskins and Buccaneers now turns into a game to salvage an entire season and for Head Coach Jim Zorn perhaps his job. The Redskins will not repeat last week’s performance in Detroit.
Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10