Bucs lookahead: Week 7 at Washington The Redskins’ offense, led by quarterback Kirk Cousins, ranks near the bottom of the league. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS By Ira Kaufman | Tribune Staff Published: October 20, 2015 at 09:09 PMSeeking their first two-game winning streak under coach Lovie Smith, the Bucs (2-3) head into Sunday’s matchup at Washington refreshed from a bye week. The dysfunctional Redskins (2-4) have dropped three of their past four to sink into the NFC East basement.REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: Bucs lead, 10-9.BUCS ROAD RECORD VS. REDSKINS: 4-4.LAST MEETING: The Bucs ended a five-game losing streak in dominant fashion last Nov. 16, beating Washington 27-7 at FedEx Field. Rookie WR Mike Evans caught seven passes for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Josh McCown completed 15 of 23 attempts for 288 yards. The Redskins obliged with 11 penalties and three turnovers amid the boos. Robert Grifffin III was sacked six times, including twice by DE Jacquies Smith. LB Lavonte David led the way with 13 tackles for Tampa Bay.NEED TO KNOW: Sparked by the running of Doug Martin, the Bucs feature a balanced attack under new coordinator Dirk Koetter. Rookie QB Jameis Winston comes off a turnover-free outing against Jacksonville and the pass rush dropped Blake Bortles six times. Washington’s ground game has been erratic and rush defense continues to be an issue. Kirk Cousins is the NFC’s lowest-rated passer.Statistical comparison Bucs RedskinsTotal offense 20th (340.8 ypg) 25th (337.8 ypg)Rushing offense 9th (122.4 ypg) 17th (107.2 ypg)Passing offense 26th (218.4 ypg) 23rd (230.7 ypg)Total defense 5th (322.8 ypg) 8th (340.7 ypg)Rushing defense 25th (120.4 ypg) 23rd (118.2 ypg)Passing defense 4th (202.4 ypg) 8th (222.5 ypg)Points scored 19th (22.0 ppg) 28th (19.5 ppg)Points allowed 31st (29.6 ppg) 15th (23.0 ppg)Sacks t8th (15.0) t14th (12.0)Sacks allowed t13th (11.0) t4th (7.0)Turnover margin t19th (-2) t19th (-2)Team Leaders Bucs RedskinsRushing yards Doug Martin (405) Alfred Morris (297)Passer rating Jameis Winston (77.6) Kirk Cousins (77.4)Passing yards Jameis Winston (1,174) Kirk Cousins (1,420)Receptions Vincent Jackson (20) Pierre Garcon (32)Receiving yards Vincent Jackson (306) Pierre Garcon (295)Tackles Lavonte David (44) Dashon Goldson (42)Sacks Gerald McCoy (4.5) C. Baker, R. Kerrigan (3.5)Interceptions Three tied (1) Bashaud Breeland (2)
The big edge we should have over Washington is in Health. We have more healthy players and several of the one’s playing with minor injuries got a chance to heal up. Washington is just more beat up right now. Historically, teams coming off the bye win more often than not and I think it's because the coaching staff has a chance to work with players on technique a bit more and they get a bit more time to look at tape. If the Bucs have another clean game turnoverwise like they did against Jacksonville, they should be in position to win the game in the 4th quarter. I like our chances for a win this week, but it's no sure thing with the experience level on this team.
To prove my point about health: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/page/32for32x151021/ranking-most-banged-nfl-teams-1-323. Washington RedskinsThe Redskins faced the Jets with an offensive line that had combined to make 14 NFL starts. Their top two tight ends right now were both elsewhere at the start of training camp, with none of the team's projected top three options available. The Redskins' projected starting secondary has played one game together, including the preseason. It's been that kind of a year. At least they'll get left tackle Trent Williams and center Kory Lichtensteiger back sometime soon. The Redskins need to run the ball to be successful, but they've struggled there lately in part because of injuries. With left guard Shawn Lauvao in the lineup, Washington has averaged 5.18 yards on runs to the left side; that's dropped to 3.19 in the three games since his injury, according to ESPN Stats & Information. It's not all the fault of his backup, Spencer Long, but it is a steep drop. Lauvao was playing well. -- John KeimPlayers out for season: DE Junior Galette (Achilles), TE Niles Paul (ankle), S Duke Ihenacho (wrist), TE Logan Paulsen (foot), OLB Adam Hayward (knee), G Shawn Lauvao (ankle), OLB Martrell Spaight (concussion), RB Silas Redd (knee), DB Justin Rogers (foot)Players injured: WR DeSean Jackson (hamstring), CB DeAngelo Hall (toe), CB Chris Culliver (knee), TE Jordan Reed (concussion), ILB Perry Riley Jr. (calf), C Kory Lichtensteiger (shoulder/finger), T Trent Williams (concussion), RB Matt Jones (toe)Total starts missed: 63 -- Galette (16), Paul (16), Ihenacho (15), Jackson (5), Hall (3), Culliver (2), Reed (2), Riley (2), Lichtensteiger (1), Williams (1)
The Bucs have no business losing this game. This is the same Redskins team that the Bucs beat down last year, despite being 2-14. The Bucs are a better team than they were last year and to nitey’s point, the Bucs are far healthier.
So if you believe the stats its a battle of top 10 defenses...
Their D is giving up 23ppg. Not bad, not elite either.What should be worrisome for them is their 23rd ranked rush D.If Koetter can get this OL and Martin to play at a high level again and come up with a good gameplan, it could be a long day for the Redskins.Having said that, I'm sure Lovie has been working hard on his patented Red Carpet defense so it should keep the game interesting.
The Bucs have given up 19 points in each of the two road games this year. At home we are giving up over 30 PPG. Our defense is dreadful at home for some reason but so far has been better on the road.
Right. But the offense gave up 7 of those points minimum in both games. The other interceptions/fumbles gave other teams very short fields. The defense isn't as bad as the ppg looks.When we get to the point where we are not taking stupid penalties and are not losing the turnover battle, we can play with a lot of the teams in the league right now. Bad teams beat themselves more often than their opponent. We need to stop doing that to get to a better level. JMO.