If you were just to look at the stat sheet, it may look as though Tampa Bay came away with the win on Sunday against Washington. Tampa Bay ended the game with a notch above 500 yards, almost double the amount of first downs as Washington, and with a higher time of possession. However, the most important stat of the game, the final score, was not in Tampa Bay’s favor. Washington walked out of Raymond James Stadium with a 16-3 win, to the disappointment of the home crowd.
Tampa Bay can attribute their loss to one simple stat, four turnovers. In fact, three of their four turnovers came when the offense was in prime scoring position, erasing long scoring drives. For a team that already struggles to score points, the inefficiencies in the redzone will really sting. Ryan Fitzpatrick contributed to two of the critical turnovers, throwing an interception and losing a fumble both within the Washington 20. Fitzpatrick ended the game going 29/41 for 406 yards and two interceptions. On the receiving end, Chris Godwin caught seven passes for 103 yards.
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Washington’s Alex Smith played like his usual self, managing the game while putting up decent numbers, and most importantly, not turning the ball over. He finished the game going 19/27 for 178 yards and one touchdown. Defense was the star of the game for the Redskins, however, as they forced four turnovers. This is not surprising, considering Washington’s defense is currently fourth in the NFL in takeaways.
With the win, Washington improves to 6-3 and maintains their lead in the NFC East. Tampa Bay falls to 3-6 and last in the NFC South. After a lackluster effort in a loss to Atlanta last week, the Redskins will be happy to be back on the right track. On the other hand, the Buccaneers are currently in the midst of a three-game losing streak and must solve their scoring woes.
Redskins: Head home to face Houston next Sunday. Buccaneers: Visit New York to play the Giants next Sunday.