Redskins Week 10 Recap vs Bucs and outlook to Week 11 vs Texans!

By:Drew Willingham

Headline Photo From: CBS Sports

TAMPA BAY, FL – A less than thrilling road match up for Washington, in a stadium that was at half capacity, and against a team that had just as many injury issues as they do. The Redskins entered the game missing most of there Offensive line: ALL-PRO Tackle Trent Williams, Brandon Scherff, and Shawn Lauvao. Despite the setbacks both teams entered the game focused on one thing, to just try and sneak out of Raymond James Stadium with a win.

The Redskins (5-3), entered in to Sunday’s Week 10 contest against a Buccaneers (3-5) team that has endured a roller coaster ride at Quarterback this season. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick started for the home team and looked to end a two-game losing streak. This would also be WR DeSean Jackson’s first game against his former team since departing after the 2016 season and looked to make an impact.

The game began with Tampa Bay receiving the kickoff and started on the 25-yard upon the touchback.  The first drive started off well for the Buccaneers as they marched down to the Redskins 19-yard line in about three and a half minutes. The next play would be a dropback pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick that was intercepted by  Josh Norman and returned to the 32-yard line. This would be the highlight of the quarter as the score would be 3-0 Washington going in to the second quarter.

The second quarter would be just as dull for both teams in the midst of their uphill battles. Both teams would score, but by the legs of their special teams and not by big plays from either side of the ball. The score going in to halftime was 6-3 Washington.

Returning from the half, Washington would receive the ball and return the kickoff to the 19-yard line. The third quarter would be another bleak showing from both teams, but Washington would make strides towards the end of the quarter to get in to scoring position. The quarter ended with The Redskins  on offense and in scoring position just outside the red zone.

A 6-yard pass to Josh Doctson would turn in to a touchdown, Washington would be leading 13-3 with 14:07 remaining in the fourth quarter. The remainder of the game would get ugly, as Tampa Bay could only muster 3 more points and turn the ball over 3 more times. Ryan Fitzpatrick would fumbles two more times, along with one more interception to help coast The Redskins to a final score of 16-3. The Redskins have now successfully recorded a turnover in 13 straight weeks dating back to last season.

The Tampa Bay Quarterback appeared to be the opposite of his moniker, he appeared to be ‘Fitztragic”. As for Washington, they had their struggles but played well overall on both sides of the ball. Alex Smith finished the game with a 100.5 passer rating and continues to lead this team in first place for the NFC East. As Tampa Bay (3-6) appears to be slipping away from the playoffs with each game played, Washington (6-3) inches closer towards a division title led by two ageless wonders in Smith and Adrian Peterson. Who would’ve thought?

This week the Redskins host the Houston Texans at FedEx Field at 1pm.  DeShaun Watson and the Texans come into this game on a 6-game winning streak and in control of the AFC South. The Redskins will have a huge test this Sunday trying to control DeAndre Hopkins, Demaryius Thomas & Lamar Miller. After giving up 500 plus yards last week, the Redskins will have to try and get their defense back on track. I will be their Sunday to bring in you updates from the game.