Game Preview: Week 10
Redskins (5-3) at Buccaneers (3-5)
Friends, Romans, countrymen lend me your eardrums, your eyes, your brain, a combination of the three perhaps, whatever feels correct to you at this moment, I’ll take what I can get. I imagine the Buccaneers coaches are feeling similar. They will take a win however they can get it and they need it. Head coach Koetter is likely gone at seasons end and offensive coordinator Todd Monken will probably go with him; although, what they have accomplished in the passing game with musical chair quarterbacks is pretty impressive.
Buccaneers Offense versus Redskins Defense
The pewter pirates are 2nd in total offense, 1st in passing offense, and 7th in points scored with 28.6 points per game. The rush offense is 30th, they have allowed 24 sacks, and have a league-worst -15 turnover margin. Ryan Fitzpatrick is 6th in the NFL in passer rating with 112.9, has 1,793 passing yards and 17 touchdowns. OJ Howard leads the team with 5 receiving touchdowns. Mike Evans has 47 catches for 786 yards.
The ‘skins total defense is 10th, rush defense is 5th, points allowed is 9th, and tied for 11th in sacks. The pass defense is 20th though.
The Buccaneers blueprint
The Buccaneers will let Fitzpatrick fire that f-ing pigskin all over the field. He has an abundance of weapons and each one has their own specialties. Look for DeSean Jackson to take the top off the defense with his blazing speed. Mike Evans will face off with the Redskins top corner and his strength and size will allow him to win contested catch situations. OJ Howard is the primary red zone target, he and Chris Godwin are impressing in their second seasons. When Fitzpatrick has a clean pocket he is able to make all the reads and throws. If the offensive line can protect him better than they did last week he can play a mistake-free game and score 28+ points, which they will need to win given how bad their defense is.
Redskins Offense versus Buccaneers Defense
Washington’s total offense is 25th, the passing offense 25th, and they are 25th in points scored. They excel in rushing the ball and protecting the ball. The rush offense is led by living legend Adrian Peterson (aka All Day) and they are 10th in the league. AD has 604 rushing yards and 4 rushing TDs. The team has a +7 turnover margin tied for 5th best and only allowed 16 sacks (tied for 8th). Alex Smith has 1,867 passing yards and 9 TDs. Jordan Reed leads the team in receiving yards and receptions.
The Redskins route to victory
The Redskins offense cannot keep up with Fitzmagic so they will attempt to control the game by rushing the ball. Fitz is prone to turnovers when he is under pressure. The Redskins will try and create pressure with Matt Loannidis and DJ Swearinger will look to pick off errant throws. If the Redskins can force Fitz to shoot himself in the foot they can win this game.
I think the Buccaneers will be able to beat the skins this week at home in Tampa. Look for Mike Evans to bounce back after a terrible game last week. The Buccaneers win 28-17.
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