Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, November 12, four days before the Washington Redskins host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field.
First look at Redskins vs. Bucs
—The Bucs aren’t very good. They are 1-8 and have been outscored by 105 points. Only two teams have a worse per-game scoring differential. It’s not like one side of the ball is dragging down the other. They are ranked 29th in both total offense and total defense and are 27th in points scored and 31st in points allowed.
—But, like Jay Gruden did on Monday, Bucs head coach Lovie Smith could say that his team could easily have a better record. Five of their losses have been by six points or less so he could make the “a play here and a play there” point that Gruden made. Even though numbers like that ugly point differential say otherwise, they could have won a few more games.
—Regardless, there is no reason for the Redskins to take Tampa Bay lightly. For one thing, they have some scary pass catchers. The last time they met in 2012 Vincent Jackson had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. Jackson is 6-5 and this year the Bucs drafted Mike Evans, also 6-5, and although his game needs refining he’s a big-time threat right now. Throw in 6-6 rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and you have some challenges for the Redskins’ secondary.
—Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was a first-team All-Pro last year and he’s picking up where he left off with five sacks and two passes batted down so far this year. The interior of the line is the soft spot for the Redskins so Robert Griffin III will have to keep his eyes open.
—Where the Bucs have major problems is at the most important position on the field, quarterback. Veteran Josh McCown started the season, Smith switched to second-year QB Mike Glennon after three games and last week it was McCown behind center. Neither has been appreciably better than the other; they have combined to complete 59 percent of their passes with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a horrid passer rating of 78.8.
—Today’s schedule: Open locker room 11:15; Robert Griffin III news conference 11:30; practice 1:00; Jay Gruden news conference after practice (approx. 3:00).
—Days until: Bucs @ Redskins 4; Redskins @ 49ers 11; Redskins @ Colts 18
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