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Game Preview: Pre-Season Week 4 Bucs @ Redskins

by Roland Johnson on September 1, 2011

The Bucs and Redskins have met ten times in the preseason and all but one of those encounters was in Tampa. The series is tied, 5-5, and the two teams split their last two matchups. In 1999, the Bucs secured a 16-13 win at then-Redskins Stadium to cap their first unbeaten preseason in 16 years. The first preseason contest between the two teams was on August 4, 1979, a 9-7 Redskins win. Tampa Bay exacted some revenge a year later with an 11-6 home triumph. The Bucs also picked up wins in 1982 and 1987. Tampa Bay has met the Redskins in the preseason in six of their ten playoff seasons.

GAME INFORMATION
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2011
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Site: FedExField (85,000)
2010 Records: Tampa Bay 10-6, Washington 6-10
Buccaneers Television: WTSP-TV
Play-By-Play: Chris Myers, Color: John Lynch, Sideline: Dave Wirth
Bucs Radio: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
Play-by-Play: Gene Deckerhoff, Color: Dave Moore, Sideline: T.J. Rives
Up Next: Tampa Bay vs. Detroit (9/11), Washington vs. N.Y. Giants (9/11)

2011 PRESEASON LEADERS
Passing Yards: 272, QB Josh Johnson
Passing Touchdowns: 1, QB Rudy Carpenter, QB Josh Johnson
Rushing Yards: 93, QB Josh Johnson
Receiving Yards: 67, WR Dezmon Briscoe
Receptions: 6, WR Mike Williams
Tackles: 17, LB Quincy Black
Sacks: 3.0, DE George Johnson

UPCOMING NFL DATES
Roster cutdown to maximum of 53 players September 3
Clubs may establish practice squad of eight players September 4

AROUND THE CORNER
After missing his entire rookie season in 2009 due to a shoulder injury, CB E.J. Biggers boasted one of the strongest success rates by NFL cornerbacks in 2010 based on a unique statistic calculated by Football Outsiders.

The Cornerback Success Rate statistic, as defined by the Football Outsiders, is “the percentage of passes that don’t manage to get at least 45 percent of needed yards on first down, 60 percent of needed yards on second down, or 100 percent of needed yards on third down.”

Among all cornerbacks with at least 40 charted pass attempts their way, Biggers ranked seventh in the league with a 63% Success Rate, seven percent behind top-ranked Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets. Biggers defended 65 charted targets in 2010 and limited his targets to only 5.7 yards per pass, the 12th lowest in the league. Buccaneer teammate CB Ronde Barber also faired strongly in the yards per pass category, holding his targets to the NFL’s eighth-lowest rate of 5.5 yards per pass.

Biggers’ targets averaged 2.9 yards after contact on an average pass distance of 13.3 yards. The seventh-round selection out of Western Michigan played in all 16 games for the Buccaneers last year, starting in six, as he recorded 53 tackles and collected his first career interception in his first career start.

INJURY REPORT
Official Injury Report begins with regular season games

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

STATISTICAL RANKINGS: (2011 Pre-Season)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OFFENSE
Overall: 15th (321 ypg)
Rushing: 23rd (100.7 ypg)
Passing: 13th (220.3 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: na (6)
Points Scored: 17th (18.7 ppg)
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS DEFENSE
Overall: 3rd (255.7 ypg)
Rushing: 13th (102.7 ypg)
Passing: 2nd (153 ypg)
Sacks: na (13)
Points Allowed: 6th (14.7 ppg)

WASHINGTON REDSKINS OFFENSE
Overall: 4th (402.7 ypg)
Rushing: 1st (152.7 ypg)
Passing: 8th (250 ypg)
Sacks Allowed: na (6)
Points Scored: 13th (21 ppg)
WASHINGTON REDSKINS DEFENSE
Overall: 4th (262.7 ypg)
Rushing: 6th (92 ypg)
Passing: 5th (170.7 ypg)
Sacks: na (10)
Points Allowed: 6th (14.7 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.

BUCCANEERS 17
REDSKINS 23

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