Josh Freeman had a better day against the Washington Redskins’ 31st ranked passing defense completing 24 of 39 for 299 yards with a touchdown and interception. Freeman finished the day with an 83.2 passer rating. These numbers are generic until you look deeper and notice the tale of two halves. Freeman was wildly inaccurate in the first half and then in the second half made big plays to Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. Freeman’s confidence was soaring in the fourth quarter as he was gun-slinging the ball into tight spaces. Freeman showed his potential that you hope you see on a more consistent basis.
The running game of Buccaneers never got established Sunday afternoon. Doug Martin had eight carries for 33-yards. LeGarrette Blount six attempts for 17-yards and one touchdown. If Martin or Blount could have built any momentum the Bucs would have been able to run the clock out at the end of the game. Instead with a lack luster running game the Bucs left 1:52 on the clock which was plenty of time for Robert Griffin III to put his team in a position to win.
The “D” is not for defense. The Bucs came into the game allowing 142-yards rushing through the first three games, Sunday afternoon Washington rushed for 160-yards. Alfred Morris had 113-yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. Morris was able to get chunks of yards on the Bucs with the biggest gash a 39-yard run. RG3 rushed 43-yards and a score also.
The Bucs did lay the lumber on Washington with several hard hits on RG3 but the officials counter those hits with penalties. Mark Barron had the best hit of the game when he picked up RG3 and drove him to the ground. The officials did not find the hit amusing; Barron received a penalty for the open field tackle.
Special Teams: A
This was the one bright spot for the Bucs, Connor Barth was 3 for 3 in the field goal department with a career long 57-yarder. The return teams were quiet. Roscoe Parrish couldn’t get anything going in the punt returns but the Bucs held Washington’s return team in check as well.
The Greg Schiano version of the Bucs is still a work in progress but 10 penalties for 107-yards is a game killer. The penalties annihilated the Bucs on defense and extend drives for Washington. Schiano needs to work harder at keeping the players focused on the play at hand. Schiano should get some credit for his half-time adjustments but he also gets credit for his prevent defense at the end of the game. Hopefully he learns from his mistakes and never uses it again.
The Bucs are a conundrum at 1-3, if the bounces went their way they could be 4-0. Schiano should take heed in that fact going into the bye week. The Bucs should come out of the bye refreshed and hungry to take on the Kansas City Chiefs.