As if the Buccaneers needed any added pressure to win back-to-back games for the first time since 2013, Sunday’s matchup in Washington is especially important considering it comes after an extra week of rest and is against a sputtering opponent.
Bucs DT Gerald McCoy – photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Redskins enter the game with a 2-4 record and are coming off a season-worst performance against the Jets, allowing 474 yards of total offense while accumulating just 225 themselves. With Kirk Cousins regressing and the Redskins defense giving up an average of 118 yards rushing a game, this seems like an ideal opportunity for Tampa Bay to string wins together and build momentum for the second half of the season.
“You don’t want to come out of the bye week starting slow,” said defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who had two sacks and a forced fumble against the Redskins last year. “We have a long stretch of games. [If] we come out of the bye week and get a big win, maybe we can get on a run.”
The Buccaneers cleared their first major hurdle last time out when they won at home. While McCoy is taking it one game at a time, he understands the lasting effect another milestone – back-to-back wins – would have on the team and fans moving forward.
“[We] won at home, which [we’ve] been needing to do,” he said. “[If] we go on the road for two weeks [Washington and Atlanta] and win two road games to come home against the Giants – that’s a lot of momentum. Our fans would be rocking. This game is huge for us.”
At 2-3 the Buccaneers sit in third place in the NFC South, with a 1-1 record in the division. The Falcons and Panthers both have five wins, and while it’s early in the season, this game is crucial to remain a contender and head into Atlanta next week with a chance to close the gap even further.
“Absolutely, we’re still in this thing,” wide receiver Vincent Jackson said Thursday. “Obviously, Carolina and Atlanta [are] off to good starts, but there are a lot of games left. A lot of time to catch up and do what we need to do in this division.
“Our situation is what it is right now and it’s about winning games each and every week from here on out. 3-3 is the next one. That’s the only one we can worry about and getting to that point would be great for us. Then we could definitely build off of that and keep this thing rolling.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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Getting to 3-3 is just what this fan base is needing. I don’t know about everybody else, but I’m getting good vibes from this team…like we’re not that far away from being a contender. I don’t think it’ll be this season, but I believe we’re on the brink. These past 10+ years have been very difficult, but it’s made the ride even funner. And when the tide turns and we do what the Seahawks did a few years ago (go from jokes, to decent, to contenders, to elite), it’ll make the journey all the more sweeter.
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