Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 15, one day before the Washington Redskins host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field.
Five final Redskins-Bucs thoughts
—Yesterday we hit on the Bucs’ bad quarterback play. That’s due in part to the pressure the Bucs’ line allows. Left tackle Anthony Collins, who was a reserve/utility lineman for Jay Gruden in Cincinnati the last three years, has allowed just one sack but has give up 10 pressures and 10 hits. He is likely to be one of the more pedestrian left tackles Trent Murphy will face so there’s some opportunity for the rookie today. In all Tampa Bay has given up 26 sacks and their sack rate of 7.9 percent ranks 24th in the NFL.
—Although Bucs quarterback Josh McCown has not played well this year, he did have a good game the last time he played at FedEx Field. That was last October when Bears quarterback Jay Cutler went out with an injury and McCown stepped in and completed 70 percent of his passes, averaged 10.2 yards per attempt and posted a passer rating of 119.6. He threw a TD pass to Martellus Bennett with four minutes left to put Chicago on top but the Bears defense gave it back as Robert Griffin III moved the Redskins to the winning TD with 49 seconds to play. The Bears lost but it wasn’t on McCown.
—In 2012 the NFL needed an alternate running back to go to the Pro Bowl and Redskins fans were riled up when they picked the Bucs’ Doug Martin over Alfred Morris, who had just broken the Redskins’ season rushing record with 1,6,13 yards. But in reality Martin was a deserving selection as he added 49 receptions for 472 yards to his 1,454 rushing yards. He has spent a lot of time on the injured list since, playing just six games last year. Martin has played in five games this year and will miss today’s game with an ankle injury.
—Last night the Bucs downgraded starting cornerback Alterraun Verner from questionable to out with a hamstring injury. Verner, a free agent pickup who replaced Darrelle Revis this offseason, has an interception, six passes defensed, and a forced fumble this year. He is the Bucs’ third-leading tackler. Tampa Bay’s second-leading tackler, safety Mark Barron, will not be on the field today either. He was traded to the Rams just before the deadline last month.
—Even with Verner the Bucs have one of the worst pass defenses in the league. Griffin won’t see a softer bunch the rest of the season. If he is going to present some good evidence for Jay Gruden’s jury, which is still out, to consider, this would be a good day to do it.
—Today’s schedule: Buccaneers @ Redskins, 1:00 p.m.
—Days until: Redskins @ 49ers 7; Redskins @ Colts 14; Rams @ Redskins 21
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