Each week CSN statistician Rich Goldberg breaks down the best nuggets from the upcoming NFL matchup. Here are five stats to watch during Sunday’s Redskins/Buccaneers game:
Setting the tone - The Redskins have allowed 0 points on opening drives and given up 35 points in the first half – fewest in the NFL this season. The Buccaneers have been outscored 38-9 in the first quarter with 0 touchdowns. Will these trends continue?
Unlucky 7 – You probably know the Redskins are being outscored 46-3 in the 3rd quarter. During that quarter – opposing running backs are averaging 7.0 yards per carry.
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Someone will throw an interception – Kirk Cousins is tied for the NFL lead in 2+ interception games this season with 4 (Sam Bradford). Jameis Winston’s 4.6 percent interception rate is worst among quarterbacks with at least 150 pass attempts. A turnover-prone game is not out of the question.
Breeland or else? – Bashaud Breeland’s 2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries have led to 16 Redskins points. Five other Redskins takeaways have led to 0 points. This could be sheer coincidence; nevertheless Washington’s 16 takeaway points are tied for 7th fewest in the NFL.
A winner must be crowned - Since 2013, the Buccaneers are 8-29 - second worst in the NFL while the Redskins are third worst at 9-29. To put that in perspective, over that same time the Broncos have won 31 games! Thankfully a head-to-head matchup means there will be a winner Sunday.
The Redskins' joint practices with the Jets have been nothing short of entertaining.
Day 1 of practice brought a couple of brawls between the two teams, with one spilling into the sideline where fans were standing.
Day 2 was relatively calm, but Day 3 has brought another altercation, this time between former teammates Terrelle Pryor and DJ Swearinger.
During a one-on-one rep, safety Monte Nicholson broke up a pass to Pryor. As Pryor started walking back to the sideline, a very hyped-up DJ Swearinger had more than a few things to say about it. As the two inched closer, Swearinger fakes a punch, causing Pryor to flinch and creating roars from the Redskins sideline.
It's clear the Redskins' DBs have strong feelings towards their ex-teammate. Back in June, inside linebacker Zach Brown said the 'Skins would "have it out" for Pryor during their joint practices.
While Pryor won't be playing in Thursday's preseason game, let's hope the competition continues over nonetheless.
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RICHMOND—Orlando Scandrick’s career with the Redskins ended without him even playing a game.
Head coach Jay Gruden confirmed reports that the team has released Scandrick on the last day of training camp. He did not play in the Redskins’ preseason opener against the Patriots last Thursday.
While reasons for the release will become clearer with time, it is apparent that the Redskins have a great deal of faith in their young cornerbacks, particularly second-year player Fabian Moreau. With Scandrick on the team, Moreau was slated to be the backup slot corner. With Scandrick now gone, the Redskins likely will go with Moreau as the slot cornerback.
The team also apparently has confidence in Quinton Dunbar to start opposite Josh Norman. They also like rookies Greg Stroman, Adonis Alexander, and Danny Johnson. As of now, those three are the backups at cornerback.
Scandrick signed a two-year, $7 million contract in March. The only guaranteed money was a $1 million signing bonus. The move will save the Redskins $2.1 million in cap space this year. They will take a $500,000 dead cap hit next year to account for the prorated portion of the signing bonus.
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This article has been updated from a previous publish.