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Game Preview: Bucs @ Redskins


Bucs still looking for first win

Tampa Bay leads the all-time series 8-7 in the regular season, including wins in four of the last five meetings. In 2007, Tampa Bay posted a 19- 13 victory at Raymond James Stadium, and also prevailed with victories in 2005 and 2006. 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. 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’s 17- 14 victory (12/18/94) capped the Redskins’ only winless season at RFK Stadium. The Redskins won the first-ever meeting between the teams, 10-0 in 1977 in Tampa.

This week, second-year QB Josh Johnson will make his first NFL start. Last week against the N.Y. Giants (9/27), Johnson made his first appearance at quarterback and in Week 2 at Buffalo (9/20), Johnson made his NFL debut, seeing snaps at wide receiver. Johnson, a fifth-round pick (160th overall) by the Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft, played his collegiate ball at the University of San Diego. While with the Toreros, Johnson set career USD passing records for touchdown passes (113), completions (724), attempts (1,065) and passing yards (9,699). Johnson also owns the NCAA FCS record for passing efficiency (176.68 rating) while playing in 41 games with 34 starts for the Toreros. Johnson also rushed for 1,864 yards and 19 touchdowns during his collegiate career. In all, Johnson totaled 11,563 yards of total offense in college. During his senior season in 2007, Johnson accumulated 43 passing touchdowns and just one interception on 206-of-301 pass attempts for 2,988 yards. Last season, Johnson spent the entire season on the Buccaneers active roster but was inactive for all 16 contests.

Date: Sunday, October 4, 2009
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Site: FedExField (91,704)
2009 Records: Tampa Bay 0-3, Washington 1-2
Network Television: FOX
Play-by-Play: Sam Rosen, Analyst: Tim Ryan, Sideline: Laura Okmin
National Radio: Compass Media Networks
Play-by-Play: Chris Carrino, Analyst: Brian Baldinger
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Color: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives
Last Game: Tampa Bay lost vs. N.Y. Giants 24-0; Washington lost at Detroit 19-14
Next Game: Tampa Bay at Philadelphia (10/11); Washington at Carolina (10/11)

Key Match-Ups
Bucs Offensive Line vs Redskins Defensive Line
After last weeks inept performance against the New York Giants, the Bucs now face the man mountain that slipped through there fingers in Albert Haynesworth. The interior of the line must control the game, for first time starter Josh Johnson or else it could be another very long day at the office for the Bucs offense.

Bucs Defensive Line vs Redskins Offensive Line
It seems this is going to end up being the battle cry for the foreseeable future that is the need for a pass rush to emerge. But after witnessing the lack of one, it might be best just to start looking towards free agency and the draft to fix this major area of need. As no single player has stepped up an made the most of any chance afforded them.

Josh Johnson vs Redskins secondary
With not much film to scout at the pro level, how effective will the Redskins secondary be against Johnson, it’s said that Johnson has a gunslingers mentality, but will he be allowed to uncork the right arm or will offensive coordinator Greg Olson play it close the vest and limit Johnson’s reads?


DT Anthony Montgomery (knee)
RB Clinton Portis (calf)
FB Mike Sellers (thigh)
CB Carlos Rogers (ankle)
DT Cornelius Griffith (thigh)
CB DeAngelo Hall (ankle)
DT Albert Haynesworth (glute)


C Jeff Faine (triceps)
DE Kyle Moore (knee)
DE Gaines Adams (groin)
WR Antonio Bryant (knee)
QB Byron Leftwich (hip)
RB Derrick Ward (knee)
DT Roy Miller (ankle)
RB Clifton Smith (quad)
RB Cadillac Williams (knee)
CB Torrie Cox (ankle)
RB Earnest Graham (hamstring)
WR Maurice Stovall (knee)
G Marcus Johnson (ankle)
G Jeremy Zuttah (hip)
FB B.J. Askew (hamstring)
K Mike Nugent (left quad)

Redskins Head Coach: Jim Zorn
Redskins Offensive Coordinator: Sherman Smith
Redskins Defensive Coordinator: Greg Blache
Redskins Special Teams Coach: Danny Smith


Overall: 25th (296 ypg)
Rushing: 25th (86 ypg)
Passing: 17th (210 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 3rd (2)
Points Scored: 27th (13.7 ppg)

Overall: 31st (432 ypg)
Rushing: 31st (187 ypg)
Passing: 21st (245 ypg)
Sacks: 25th (3)
Points Allowed: 31st (30.3 ppg)

Overall: 13th (341 ypg)
Rushing: 24th (92 ypg)
Passing: 10th (250 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: 18th (6)
Points Scored: 28th (13.3 ppg)

15th (326 ypg)
Rushing: 22nd (128 ypg)
Passing: 11th (198 ypg)
Sacks: 22nd (4)
Points Allowed: 6th (16.3 ppg)

Tampa Bay leads 8-7 (Regular Season)
Season Result Site
1977 L, 10-0 Tampa
1982 L, 21-13 Tampa
1989 L, 32-28 Washington
1993 L, 23-17 Tampa
1994 W, 26-21 Tampa
1994 W, 17-14 Washington
1995 W, 14-6 Tampa
1996 W, 24-10 Tampa
1998 L, 20-16 Washington
2000 L, 20-17 (OT) Washington
2003 W, 35-13 Washington
2004 L, 16-10 Washington
2005 W, 36-35 Tampa
2006 W, 20-17 Tampa
2007 W, 19-13 Tampa
Series tied 1-1 (Playoffs)
Season Result Site
1999 W, 14-13* Tampa
2005 L, 17-10** Tampa
* 1999 NFC Divisional Playoff game
** 2005 NFC Wild Card game

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.

Buccaneers 17
Redskins 23

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