Redskins win ugly against Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TAMPA The Washington Redskins bent. They didn’t break.
Despite allowing a season-high 498 yards, the Redskins came away with a 16-3 win Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. How? The Redskins forced four turnovers and Tampa Bay missed two kicks.
Tampa Bay had 212 more yards of offense, but the Redskins improved to 6-3 anyway.
The Buccaneers went an astonishing 0-5 in the red zone while the Redskins made plays when it mattered.
Tampa Bay entered the afternoon with a league-worst -15 turnover differential and a league-high 17 interceptions. The Redskins understood the Buccaneers have an offense that can move the ball, but is just as capable of turning it over.
That was true all game, and especially in the first half. The Buccaneers reached the red zone three times coughing up a turnover twice. On the first drive of the game, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led Tampa Bay down the field, only to throw an interception to cornerback Josh Norman on the goal line.
Later, Tampa Bay gained 73 yards on 13 plays, but failed to score when kicker Chandler Catanzaro shanked a 30-yard attempt.
The Redskins, though, didn’t fully capitalize on the Buccaneers’ mistakes.
Behind a makeshift offensive line, Washington struggled to move the ball. The Redskins were without three of their five Week 1 starters along the offensive line, missing Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao and Brandon Scherff.
In their spots, the Redskins started Ty Nskehe, Tony Bergstrom and Jonathan Cooper, the latter of whom was signed last Monday.
At halftime, the Redskins had only 136 yards.
But that was good enough and Washington went into the locker room with a 6-3 lead due to a pair of 43-yarders from Dustin Hopkins.
When the Redskins did move the ball, they did so because of quarterback Alex Smith. Running back Adrian Peterson was largely ineffective, held to only 68 yards and 19 carries.
Smith, on the other hand, had 178 yards and completed 70.1 percent of his passes.
The Redskins took shots down the field, and at times, Smith was able to connect. In the fourth quarter, the 34-year-old led the Redskins on an eight-play, 62-yard drive capped off with a six-yard touchdown pass to wideout Josh Doctson.
On the following Buccaneers’ possession,Redskins rookie cornerback Greg Stroman grabbed his first career interception which helped set up a 26-yard field goal.
The Redskins forced two more turnovers in the fourth.
Washington moves on to face the Houston Texans next week at FedEx Field.