Last year it was the Lions. The year before it was the Dolphins. It’s been the Raiders every year since 2002. Every year there is a team, or two, who walks a path few have reached the end of.
The winless season.
Sunday, the Buccaneers visit the Redskins in hopes of ending their seven-game skid (third on the active list). Only the Rams (13) and the Browns (9) have longer active losing streaks.
The Redskins have troubles of their own. Running back Clinton Portis has struggled, gaining just 183 yards without a touchdown through three games, while the defense has allowed over 325 yards per game. Many consider quarterback Jason Campbell the lone bright spot, averaging 263 yards passing per game and completing nearly 68 percent of his passes. However, they did give the Lions their first win in almost two calendar years last Sunday.
Given the Bucs’ schedule going forward, this could be one of their best chances to get a win, along with two meetings against the division rival Panthers and a trip to meet the Dolphins, both 0-3.
Head coach Raheem Morris will likely find out a lot about his team this Sunday. Giving Josh Johnson his first-career start, facing a team desperate for a victory and getting back to business after being embarrassed at home by the Giants last week are all obstacles that will shed light on how tough, mentally and physically, Morris’ team truly is.
It’s not a division game. It’s not on primetime television. There are no playoff hopes for the Bucs to spoil by knocking-off a powerhouse. But in many ways, this is one of the most important games of the young season for the Bucs, who travel to Washington as seven-point dogs.