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Game Preview: Week 14 Bucs @ Redskins

Tampa Bay and Washington are tied at 8-8 in the all-time regular season series, while the Buccaneers have won three of the last four meetings. The Redskins won last season’s matchup by a score of 16-13 in Washington. In 2007, Tampa Bay posted a 19-13 victory at Raymond James Stadium, and also prevailed with victories in 2005 and 2006. The two teams have also met twice during the postseason, with the Buccaneers rallying for a 14-13 vic­tory in a 1999 NFC Divisional playoff game in Tampa, along with the 2005 NFC Wild Card meeting (17-10 Redskins win). The early part of the series was marked by streaks, with the Redskins winning the first four meetings, followed by four consecutive victories for the Bucs. Washington’s 20-16 vic­tory during the 1998 season snapped Tampa Bay’s win streak, which had occurred within a three-year span. The Redskins downed the Bucs 20-17 in overtime at Washington in 2000, before the Bucs won 35-13 at Washington in 2003. In 2004, the Redskins won 16-10 in Head Coach Joe Gibbs’ first game back with the Redskins in Washington. Tampa Bay won twice in 1994, and once in both 1995 and 1996. Three of the victories came at Tampa Sta­dium, with the one road win a 17-14 victory (12/18/94) capping the Red­skins’ only winless season at RFK Stadium. The Redskins won the first-ever meeting between the teams, 10-0 in 1977 in Tampa, and also beat the Bucs 21-13 in 1982 en route to their first Super Bowl title.

Date: Sunday, December 12, 2010
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Site: FedExField (91,704)
2010 Records: Tampa Bay 7-5, Washington 5-7
Network Television: FOX
Play-by-Play: Kenny Albert, Analyst: Daryl Johnston, Sideline: Tony Siragusa
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Color: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives
National Radio: Compass Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Chris Carrino, Color: Brian Baldinger
Last Game: Tampa Bay lost to Atlanta, 28-24; Washington lost at N.Y. Giants, 31-7

Home Record vs. Washington Redskins:………………………………….6-3
Road Record vs. Washington Redskins:…………………………………..2-5
Current Streak:…………………………………….. Redskins, one game (2009)
Buccaneers Longest Streak:…………………………. Four games (1994-96)
Redskins Longest Streak:…………………………….. Four games (1977-93)
Regular Season Point Total:………………. Buccaneers 305 – Redskins 287
Most Points, Buccaneers:…………………….. 36, Buccaneers 36-35 (2005)
Most Points, Redskins:………………………… 35, Buccaneers 36-35 (2005)
Most Points, both teams:…………………….. 71, Buccaneers 36-35 (2005)
Fewest Points, Buccaneers:…………………………0, Redskins 10-0 (1977)
Fewest Points, Redskins:………………………… 6, Buccaneers 14-6 (1995)
Fewest Points, both teams:……………………….10, Redskins 10-0 (1977)

2010 Most Points Off Turnovers
The Buccaneers have scored a total of 85 points (10 touchdowns, 5 field goals) off of twenty-three (18 interceptions, 5 fumble recoveries) turnovers in 2010

Rank Team Points off Turnovers
1. Green Bay 87
2. Dallas 86
3. Tampa Bay 85
4. N.Y. Giants 83
5. Pittsburgh 82

Fountain Of Youth
Stockpiling young talent has been a priority for the Buccaneers over the past two offseasons. The dramatic reshaping of the roster has allowed the Buccaneers to focus on developing the young talent on their roster, through game experience, while keeping one eye on the future.

Beginning in 2009 when General Manager Mark Dominik and Head Coach Raheem Morris took control, the team has seen a 64.2 percent roster turnover. Of the team’s current active 53-man roster, 34 were not with the team in some capacity at the end of the 2008 season.

Entering Week 14, the Buccaneers 53-man roster features 26 players in their rookie, first or second years in the NFL, accounting for nearly half of the Tampa Bay active roster. The team also has an additional nine third-year players.

With their strong presence of rookie and second year players, the Buccaneers rank as the youngest roster in the league.

Team Yrs Days
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 25 216
Carolina Panthers 26 32
Jacksonville Jaguars 26 124
Philadelphia Eagles 26 161
Indianapolis Colts 26 167

Players To Watch
Legarrette Blount
Looking for a spark in the running game, the Buccaneers turned to undrafted rookie free agent RB LeGarrette Blount. Blount answered, providing an immediate impact, as he ranks among the league leaders in rushing for rookie running backs and has been nominated for Rookie of the Week three times.

He is currently tied for first in touchdowns (5), second in rushing yards (599), second in yards per carry (4.5) and first in yards per game (66.6) among rookie running backs. He also has the second longest rush (48 yards) of any rookie this season.

Since receiving the lions share of carries starting in week seven, Blount has amassed 569 rushing yards on 124 carries for an average of 4.59 yards per carry and four touchdowns for an a average of 81.3 yards per game.

Josh Freeman
This season, Freeman has been Mr. Third-Down, completing 63 of 105 pass attempts for 695 yards, three touchdowns and a completion percentage of 60% with one interception and a quarterback rating of 85.2. Of those 63 completions 38 have resulted in the Bucs picking up a first down. Freeman also currently ranks fourth in the NFC in fourth quarter passer rating (90.6) with a minimum of 30 attempts. His six interceptions are tied for the second fewest by any quarterback with at least 170 pass attempts this season.

Freeman has led the team to convert at least 40.0 percent of their third-down attempts in eight of the first 12 games, with five consecutive to start the season. It marked the first time in franchise history the team has had five consecutive games with at least a 40.0 percent third-down conversion rate.

On the year, he currently ranks seventh in the NFC in third down passer rating and has thrown just one interception on a third down play. His legs have been just as productive on third downs, as 21 of Freeman’s 49 runs this year have come on third down, with 16 of those resulting in first downs. Seven of his 16 third down scrambles have come on third-and-nine or longer. In just 12 games, Freeman has already converted five third-and-fours, four third-and-one’s, two third-and-11s, two third-and-nine’s, a third-and-16, a third-and seven and a third-and-three by running.

Mike Williams
In this year’s draft, 12 wide receivers were taken ahead of 2010 fourth-round draft pick (101st overall) WR Mike Williams. Though Williams wasn’t drafted highly, his talent and production on the field is leading some experts to consider him the “steal of the draft” and a possible Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate. Through his first eight games as a pro, Williams has already been up for NFL Rookie of the Week five times, all but one after a Buccaneers victory.

Williams currently has the eleventh-most receiving yards in the NFC and 18th most in the NFL. Among rookie receivers, Williams is currently first in receptions (51), first in receiving yards (769) and first in receiving touchdowns (7). He is the only rookie in Buccaneers history to have 10+ receptions, 100+ receiving yards and 2+ touchdowns in first three games of career. He currently sits at number four for receptions by a Buccaneer rookie receiver, third in receiving yards, and in tied for first with seven receiving touchdowns as a rookie.

LB Quincy Black (ankle)
DE Tim Crowder (shoulder)
LB Niko Koutouvides (ankle)
TE Kellen Winslow (knee)
WR Mike Williams (knee)
LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring)

LB Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring)
WR Brandon Banks (knee)
DE Kedric Golston (elbow, groin)
S LaRon Landry (Achilles)
S Kareem Moore (knee, biceps)
WR Santana Moss (knee)
LB Brian Orakpo (ankle)
C Casey Rabach (knee)
CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring)
RB Ryan Torain (hamstring)
T Trent Williams (shoulder)
QB Donovan McNabb (hamstring)

Redskins Head Coach: Mike Shanahan
Redskins Offensive Coordinator: Kyle Shanahan
Redskins Defensive Coordinator: Jim Haslett
Redskins Special Teams Coach: Danny Smith

Overall: 23rd (319.8 ypg)
Rushing: 11th (119.2 ypg)
Passing: 24th (200.7 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 9th (21)
Points Scored: 22nd (20.3 ppg)
Overall: 15th (334.3 ypg)
Rushing: 26th (128.5 ypg)
Passing: 7th (205.8 ypg)
Sacks: 30th (18)
Points Allowed: 14th (20.9 ppg)

Overall: 20th (333.2 ypg)
Rushing: 27th (89.3 ypg)
Passing: 9th (243.8 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 29th (36)
Points Scored: 28th (18.5 ppg)
Overall: 32nd (397.3 ypg)
Rushing: 28th (137.0 ypg)
Passing: 29th (260.3 ypg)
Sacks: 20th (22)
Points Allowed: 23rd (24.4 ppg)

Buc Central’s Prognostication:
As always we are not advocating gambling based on our views of the game, especially considering we typically are inclined to make such educated guesses using are heart rather the any rational thought applied to picking. We are merely giving an opinion of who we think has the best chance at securing a victory.


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