This is a tale of two teams who prior to their game Sunday had a lot in common: the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And you’re probably wondering what they have in common? Neither team’s offense is much to write home about. Proof of both team’s lack of offense was illustrated in spades as they went head-to-head at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. on Sunday afternoon.
Suffice it to say, it was a battle of attrition and perhaps who wanted the win more than anything else. Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell, after a very slow first half, rallied to lead his team on three consecutive second-half scoring drives, enabling Washington to edge Tampa Bay 16-13.
As previously mentioned, Campbell had a very sluggish start; simply put, his passing was downright ugly. Meanwhile, the Buccaneers capitalized as they drew first blood in the first quarter, on a 8-yard touchdown pass from QB Josh Johnson (making his first NFL start) to wide receiver Antonio Bryant, making it 7-0 Tampa Bay. The Bucs would add a Mike Nugent 37-yard field goal in the second quarter, stretching their lead to 10-0 – which they would take into the third quarter.
But things would start looking up for the Redskins as they finally got on the scoreboard, courtesy of the foot of Shaun Suisham as he booted a 42-yard FG, narrowing their deficit to 10-3. Campbell and tight end Chris Cooley would connect on a 17-yard strike, making it 10-9 Tampa Bay (the PAT was blocked); roughly two minutes later, Washington would take the lead for good on a 59-yard Campbell-to-Santana Moss TD pass, giving them a 16-10 advantage.
Campbell, despite his second-half heroics, had mediocre numbers, going 12-of 22 for 170 yards along with 2 TD’s and 3 interceptions; meanwhile, Johnson had even worse numbers for Tampa Bay, going 13-of-22 for 106 yards with a TD and an INT while rushing 7 times for 41 yards. Clinton Portis led the Redskins’ rushing effort as he ran for 98 yards on 25 carries while the Buccaneers’ Carnell Williams carried the ball 16 times for 77 yards.
Moss led all Redskins receivers with 2 recptions for 74 yards and a score while Cooley added 56 yards and a TD on 5 receptions; Antonio Bryant led the Bucs’ receivers with 4 receptions for 44 yards and a TD. Washington (2-2) looks to rise above .500 as they visit Charlotte to take on the Carolina Panthers next Sunday while Tampa Bay (0-4) look to get in the win column as they travel to Philadelphia to lock up with the Eagles – also on Sunday.