Matchup: Washington Redskins (10-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)
Where: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
When: Saturday, January 7, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. ET
VegasInsider.com Spread: Bucs by 2.5
TV Announcers: Mike Patrick, Paul Maguire and Joe Theismann
Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Radio Announcers: Gene Deckerhoff and Scott Brantley
Last Week: The Washington Redskins escaped Philadelphia with a 31-20 win over the Eagles last Sunday. Redskins RB Clinton Portis rushed 27 times for 112 yard yards and scored two touchdowns. Quarterback Mark Brunell struggled, completing just 9-of-25 passes for 141 yards and tossing one touchdown and one interception. Wide receiver Santana Moss caught four passes for 83 yards. Washington’s defense notched two interceptions and four sacks.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the NFC South division title by defeating the New Orleans Saints at home last Sunday, 27-13. Bucs QB Chris Simms completed 12-of-25 passes and tossed two touchdowns while rookie RB Cadillac Williams rushed 22 times for 81 yards. Wide receiver Joey Galloway hauled in four passes for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Tampa Bay’s defense notched four sacks, including two by defensive end Simeon Rice. Bucs DL Dewayne White sacked Saints QB Todd Bouman, forced him to fumble, recovered the loose ball and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to secure the win for the Bucs.
Covers.com Injury Report:
Bucs: – S Jermaine Phillips (knee) is questionable. WR Michael Clayton (turf toe) is out.
Redskins: – DL Renaldo Wynn (foot) is probable. CB Shawn Springs (groin) is questionable.
The Last Time These Two Teams Met: Tampa Bay and Washington last clashed in Week 10 of the regular season. The Bucs defeated the ‘Skins at Raymond James Stadium, 36-35.
Bucs-Redskins Series: Tampa Bay 7-7 all-time in the regular season and post-season vs. the Washington Redskins. Tampa Bay is 4-3 all-time at home vs. the Redskins, including the Bucs’ 14-13 win over the ‘Skins in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game played following the 1999 regular season.
Bucs In The Playoffs: The Bucs are 6-7 all-time in the playoffs, including 4-1 at home (2-0 at Raymond James Stadium).
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