On the road, under the rain soaked skies at RFK Stadium, behind a porous first half defense and a sub par offense the Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed to right the ship in the second half. Trailing most of the game, second year quarterback Josh Freeman managed to bring the Bucs back late in the fourth quarter to give the team their first lead on a beautifully thrown ball on a well covered seam route run by tight end Kellen Winslow who adjusted, made the catch and raced in to the endzone.
Arrelious Benn – Benn broke out with a combined 139 yards on five touches (4 receptions for 122-yards, 1 end around for 17-yards). Benn who has been showing up more and more lately
Connor Barth – The difference between a win and a loss was the ability of Barth to connect on all three of his field goal attempts from (25, 35, and 44-yards). In less then stellar field conditions Barth kept the team close enough until the offense got things going.
Josh Freeman – After two less then ideal games, Freeman bounced back to complete 60% of his passes (15-of-25) for 266-yards and one touchdown and zero interceptions and two critical quarterback sneaks that picked up a first down on 3rd and 1 and a two point conversion to give the Bucs a 17-10 lead.
Slow Starts – The Bucs continue to struggle early in games on both side of the football. Against the Redskins as the defense surrendered 284 yards of offense in the first half and offensively only managed 144 yards.
Mike Williams – Williams was targeted five times, with 1 catch for 15- yards, two drops. It’s becoming painfully obvious Williams needs to work on his hands this off-season as he is now up to 9 drops on the year.
Run Defense – After showing great strides the previous three weeks on run defense, the Bucs got gashed early. Ultimately the defense gave up 174 yards in the first half an average of 7.91-yards on 22 carries. They did refocus in the second half and limited the Redskins to just 15-yards on 6 carries.
Linebackers – Even though the Bucs starting three linebackers managed 20 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 tackles for loss their inability to be instinctive, shed blocks and attack down hill was a glaring weakness.