TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are currently fourth in the NFC South with 3-5 on the season, were found wanting against the Washington Redskins (5-3) at Raymond James Stadium for Veterans Day.
In the first series of the game, Fitzpatrick made a touchdown pass intended for running back Shaun Wilson in the end zone, which was intercepted by Washington cornerback Josh Norman, who ran it for 32 yards.
On the Bucs’ next drive, Fitzpatrick scrambled up the middle for eleven yards before tossing the ball seemingly backwards to Adam Humphries, who ran it 19 yards before going out of bounds, which was ruled a legal backwards pass. Washington challenged the ruling, however, and after review, the play was ruled an illegal forward pass.
Washington’s Dustin Hopkins ended up putting the Redskins on the board first with a 43-yard field goal with only ten seconds left in the first quarter, making the score 3-0.
The big moment of the second quarter was Chandler Catanzaro’s missed 20-yard field goal attempt four minutes in, which followed a touchdown pass intended for Cameron Brate being broken up by Washington.
With two minutes left in the first half, Catanzaro made good on his second chance, sucessfully kicking a 33-yard field goal and tying the game.
With twenty seconds left in the first half, Washington’s Hopkins kicked another 43-yard field goal, making the score 6-3 at the end of the half.
Given that score, it’s safe to say both teams were having a rough first half: both teams were 0% in the red zone and Washington was 0 for 4 on third down conversions.
Peyton Barber led the Buccaneers in rushing with 44 yards and Jacquizz Rodgers led in pass receiving with 66 yards. Washington’s Jordan Reed led with 30 pass receiving yards while Adrian Peterson led in rushing with 18 yards.
Justin Evans was also out at halftime with a toe injury.
Fitzpatrick switched to DeSean Jackson as his go-to passing target in the third, compared to Peyton Barber in the first half.
With four minutes left In the third quarter, Tampa’s Catanzaro missed another field goal, this one from 48 yards, and this time the fans were unforgiving–they began to boo.
With less than three minutes left in the third, Tampa’s Carl Nassib and Vita Vea sacked Alex Smith, getting even for the sack on Fitzpatrick in the second quarter.
At fourteen minutes into the fourth quarter, Smith was able to connect a six-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Josh Doctson, making the first touchdown of the game and bringing the score to 13-3.
On the Bucs’ next drive, Fitzpatrick’s pass intended for O.J. Howard was intercepted and returned 24 yards by Washington cornerback Greg Stroman.
To add insult to injury, the Redskins scored on the intercepted drive with a 26-yard field goal, widening the lead to 16-3.
On the Bucs’ next series, Fitzpatrick completed a pass to Rodgers, but the ball was knocked out of his hand by Washington linebacker Zach Brown, causing it to fumble into the end zone where Washington safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recovered it.
The next Buccaneers debacle of the fourth quarter was on the Bucs’ drive with 3:30 left in the game: at 2nd and 4, Ryan Fitzpatrick got sacked and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Washington linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.
The Buccaneers will next head to New York to face the Giants on November 18 before returning to Raymond James to host the San Francisco 49ers on November 25. The Redskins next host the Houston Texans on November 18.
Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | email@example.com