Cundiff Missed Field Goal, Redskins Still Lead 7-3

The Washington Redskins took their first touch of the second half at the ten-yard line.

On the opening play, Robert Griffin rolled out on a designed run and was met by S Mark Barron who took him down in the backfield. Barron, however, was called for a personal foul on the hit: a 15 yard penalty.

Griffin then connected with Pierre Garcon for the first time of the day for a 20-yard gain. On the next play, Griffin dropped back and unloaded a deep ball, again to Garcon. The ball sailed over his head, and S Ronde Barber was called for a 32-yard pass interference penalty.

The Redskins, however, failed to convert on the good field position and were forced to try a 41-yard field goal. Cundiff’s kick fell incomplete and the Buccaneer took over at the 36-yard line.

First Quarter Stats

The Washington Redskins lead at the end of the first quarter, 7-3.

Buccaneer QB Josh Freeman has connected on eight of nine passes for 64 yards. His longest pass of the day was a 20-yarder that landed in the hands of Mike Williams, who leads Bucs receivers with two receptions of 32 yards. Freeman has completed passes to five Buccaneers so far today.

Redskin QB Robert Griffin III has completed four of his five passes for 58 yards. 50 of those yards came one two passes, a 26-yard pass to TE Fred Davis and a 24-yarder to FB Darrel Young. Alfred Morris leads all running backs with 21 yards on four attempts.

The Buccaneers three points came on a 50-yard field goal by K Connor Barth. Pierre Garcon is credited with the Redskins touchdown after jumping on a Robert Griffin fumble in the end zone.

Buccaneers will receive the opening second quarter kickoff.

 

Washington Takes Lead as First Quarter Closes

Following the Barth field goal, the ensuing Washington Redskin drive began at the Bucs’ 25-yard line.

After an 4-yard run, the Redskins ran up some yardage with a 17-yard Alfred Morris run, then QB Robert Griffin III connected with FB Darrel Young wide open in the right flat, who took off on a 24-yard gain.

On the ensuing first down, a four yard Alfred Morris run was negated by a holding penalty on WR Josh Morgan, which set up first-and-20 from the Buccaneer 40-yard line. Under pressure, Griffin dumped the ball over the head of the oncoming Michael Bennett to his tight end Fred Davis. Davis picked up the first down yardage and more, leaving the Redskins at the Bucs’ 14-yard line.

Two plays later, on a third-and-six, RGIII scrambled up the middle, collided with Mark Barron, and lost the ball at the goal line. WR Pierre Garcon jumped on the ball after it trickled into the end zone for a touchdown. The Billy Cundiff extra point was good and the Redskins took the lead 7-3.

The drive ended with no time left in the first quarter. The Buccaneers will receive the kick to start the second quarter.

Buccaneers on the Board First, 3-0

Buccaneer K Connor Barth nailed a 50-yard field goal, with just under five minutes remaining in the first quarter, to put the Buccaneers up 3-0.

The Bucs’ second drive of the game started at the 30-yard line. On three consecutive plays, QB Josh Freeman hit WR Vincent Jackson, WR Arrelious Benn and connected deep with WR Mike Williams, setting them up in Redskins’ territory at the 39-yard line. A long Doug Martin run was negated by a holding penalty, setting up a first-and-20.

The Bucs’ gained back 17 of those yards, but was forced to take the long field goal. Barth’s kick sailed through the uprights for the seventh time this season.

The Washington Redskins will start their next drive at the 25-yard line.

Buccaneers Defense Strong on Redskins’ First Possession

Buccaneer’s quarterback Josh Freeman led the Buccaneers for two first downs on the opening drive, but they were forced to punt it away.

On the Redskins’ first possession, all eyes were on Robert Griffin III, the impressive rookie quarterback. An offsides call on first down set up the ‘Skins on a first-and-five play. Washington tried to get things rolling with their running game, which is ranked third in the NFL through the first three weeks.

The first play, a run by RB Alfred Morris was stopped behind the line for a loss of three, an incompletion to Morris ended second down, and on third RGIII completed a screen pass to RB Evan Royster that the Buccaneers quickly jumped on. The three strong defensive stops led to the first three-and-out of the game.

Following the punt. The Buccaneers will begin their drive at the Redskins’ 21-yard line with 9:27 remaining in the first quarter.

Redskins vs. Bucs: Coin Toss and Kickoff

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers captains, QB Josh Freeman, CB Ronde Barber, LB Adam Hayward, WR Vincent Jackson, DT Gerald McCoy and LS Andrew Economos, took to center field for the coin toss.

Washington won the toss and elected to defer. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take the game’s opening kickoff.

Billy Cundiff’s opening kick went out of the back of the end zone for a touchback. The Buccaneers will take their first possession from the Redskin 20-yard line.

Report: Two Redskins Hurt in Pregame Warmups

Two Redskins Hurt in Pregame Warmups

Among Washington’s seven inactive players for Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium are wide receiver Aldrick Robinson and safety Brandon Meriweather.  It appears as if that might have been a sudden change of plans.

NFL.com is reporting an update from Tampa, with The Washington Post as the source, that Meriweather and Robinson collided in the stadium’s north end zone before the game, with both players being attended to by the medical staffs of the Bucs and Redskins afterward.  Meriweather’s knee reportedly struck Robinson’s head; Meriweather limped to the locker room while Robinson stayed down on the field.

While neither Robinson nor Meriweather were listed as starters on Washington’s depth chart, it appears that one or both might have been on the verge of a promotion on Sunday.  The Redskins have announced that Reed Doughty will replace DeJon Gomes at strong safety, and that Leonard Hankerson will replace Josh Morgan at wide receiver.

Bucs Need Small but Critical Bump in Rushing Attack

The Buccaneers have stuck to their guns in regard to the ground game, running the ball on almost 50% of their snaps so far, one of the highest team percentages in the league.  Rookie running back Doug Martin has looked promising and third-year man LeGarrette Blount has moved past an early-season injury scare and is ready to contribute more heavily.  Even without Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph, out for the year with a knee injury, the offensive line is strong.

What needs to improve is the team’s average of 3.3 yards per carry.  That’s a function, in part, of the lack of breakaway plays so far; the Bucs’ longest run is 17 yards, and only Pittsburgh (13) has a shorter top run this season.  A 25-yarder here and there would (and probably soon will) do wonders for the Bucs’ rushing average, but Head Coach Greg Schiano says the key for improvement on offense is just a little improvement in the ground game.

“I hope that when we do run the football, that those twos and threes turn into fours and fives,” said Schiano on the morning of the Bucs’ Week Four game against the Redskins.  Continue reading

Three ‘Skins Questionable for Sunday

Both the Buccaneers and the Redskins have already ruled out one reserve cornerback for Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium, but Washington’s final injury report has significantly more question marks than Tampa Bay’s.

Beyond cornerback Anthony Gaitor, who is out again due to his lingering hamstring issue, the Bucs have just four players on their Friday injury report, all of them listed as probable.  Friday’s report is the first one of the week that includes game designations, and a listing of probable means it is virtually certain that a player will be available for normal duty on game day.  That’s good news for starting left guard Carl Nicks, who scaled back to limited participation in Friday’s practice but should be at his normal post on Sunday.

The Redskins, however, have three players that have been designated as questionable, including two starters and the team’s primary kick return man.  Starting left tackle Trent Williams (knee) is one of those three, but it could be seen as a positive development for Washington that Williams returned to practice in a limited fashion on Friday after sitting out on Wednesday and Thursday.  Also questionable are WR Pierre Garcon and return man Brandon Banks.  Here are the full reports for both teams:

Buccaneers

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
CB E.J. Biggers Foot Full Participation Probable
CB Anthony Gaitor Hamstring Did Not Participate Out
CB Leonard Johnson Back Full Participation Probable
G Carl Nicks Toe Limited Participation Probable
LB Dekoda Watson Chest Full Participation Probable

Redskins

Player Injury Practice Status Game Status
WR Brandon Banks Hip Limited Participation Questionable
WR Pierre Garcon Foot Limited Participation Questionable
CB Cedric Griffin Hamstring Did Not Participate Out
WR Leonard Hankerson Back Full Participation Probable
S Brandon Meriweather Knee Full Participation Probable
RB Evan Royster Knee Full Participation Probable
T Trent Williams Knee Limited Participation Questionable