Landover, Md. (November 16, 2014) – Coach Gruden summed up the Redskins performance yesterday in his post-game conference by saying, “it looked like the first preseason game.”
The Washington Redskins were dominated by the previously 1-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and lost 27-7 at FedEx Field. The paid attendance was announced at 77,442, but it appeared that quite a few people decided to watch from the comfort of home yesterday.
It took nine seconds for the tone to be set as the Buccaneers intercepted Griffin’s first pass that was intended for Niles Paul. The Buc’s started with the ball on Washington’s 29-yard line, but could only muster a field goal after an 8-play drive stalled on the 14-yard line. The Redskins missed a chance to recover from their turnover as Tampa Bay QB Josh McCown fumbled the ball when he was sacked by Trent Murphy, but Demar Dotson recovered the ball for the Bucs.
After trading a couple of punts, the Redskins started with the ball on their 4-yard line after Mike Koenen dropped an impressive punt that was downed by CB Leonard Johnson. A false start moved the Redskins backed to their 2-yard line. After two short plays, the Redskins had a 3rd and 6 from their 8-yard line. Griffin dropped back to throw a pass that was picked off and returned for a score and a Buccaneer 10-0 lead.
The Redskins next drive stalled at the Tampa Bay 45-yard line. However, the Redskins got their first break of the game when Tampa Bay muffed the punt reception and the Redskins recovered the ball on the Bucs 17-yard line.
The break was short-lived. After an illegal block in the back penalty by Tom Compton pushed the Redskins back to the 25-yard line, Alfred Morris ran off the right guard for a 13-yard gain to the Bucs 12-yard line. A face mask penalty tacked on another 6-yards and the Redskins had 1st and goal on the 6-yard line. The Skins then started moving the wrong way. An illegal formation penalty cost them 5-yards, then two successive sacks moved them back to the Tampa Bay 29-yard line where Kai Forbath missed a 47-yard field goal.
Tampa Bay then drove the ball to the Redskin 20-yard line and tacked on another 38-yard field goal and a 13-0 lead.
The game wasn’t supposed to be going this way, as the Redskins were 6 ½ point favorites going into the game.
On the next series, the Redskins tried to right the ship with a heavy dose of Alfred Morris. They started with Morris off the left end for 4 yards, then Morris off the right end for 5-yards, then Morris up the middle for 1-yard and a first down. Then they decided to go with Griffin throwing right for 8-yards, right again for 4-yards and, oops, right again for 13-yards and a fumble by Roy Helu.
Fortunately the next Tampa Bay drive stalled and the Redskins got the ball back on their own 21-yard line with 1:06 to play in the half. Again, the Redskins went back to the only thing that had worked so far, Alfred Morris, who gashed the bucks for a 19-yard running play up the middle and a 24-yard pass to move the ball to the Tampa 34-yard line. Roy Helu finished off the drive with a 30-yard scamper after a short pass from Griffin to close the gap to 13-7 at half-time.
Unfortunately, after that impressive drive, the Redskins were done and could not continue the momentum in the second half. After forcing Tampa Bay to punt the ball away after their first possession, a promising Redskin drive bogged down on the Tampa Bay 32 yard line where Kai Forbath missed his second kick of the day.
Tampa Bay then answered with a quick 4-play 60-yard drive with a36-yard TD strike from Josh McCown to Mike Evans and a 20-7 lead. After another Washington punt, Tampa Bay executed on a 7-play 80-yard drive which resulted in another McCown to Evans TD hook-up, this time for 56-yards, and a 27-7 lead. After that, the Redskins folded their tent and the few remaining fans were headed for the exits.
Griffin finished the day with 23 completions on 32 attempts and 207 yards passing. His passer rating was 71.3 and he was sacked 6-times. Tampa Bay QB Josh McCown finished 15 for 23 with 288 yards and a passer rating of 137.5. Alfred Morris just missed the century mark again, with 20 rushes for 96 yards.
If you think this week was tough, wait until next week when the Redskins travel to the West Coast to play the San Francisco 49ers, who sacked Eli Manning 5 times in their 16-10 win against the Giants.