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Redskins Set Sights On Tampa Bay Buccaneers


With today's matchup against the New York Jets officially a thing of the past, the Redskins turn their attention to an up-and-coming NFC opponent to the south.

A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Redskins next Sunday play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their annual Alumni Homecoming Game. Kickoff at FedExField is set for 1 p.m. ET.

The Buccaneers, who have their Bye Week today, will enter next Sunday's game against the Redskins with a 2-3 record. Entering today's action, they were in third place in the NFC Southern Division.

Tampa Bay opened up its season with a 42-14 home loss to the Tennessee Titans before earning their first victory of the season the next week, a 26-19 victory over their division rivals, the New Orleans Saints.

The Buccaneers would lose their next two games – 19-9 to the Houston Texans and 38-23 to the Carolina Panthers – before going into their Bye Week Oct. 11 with a 38-31 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Buccaneers are led by second-year head coach Lovie Smith. Hired in January 2014, Smith, 57, has compiled a 4-17 overall record in Tampa Bay. Smith joined the Buccaneers after a successful stint as the Chicago Bears' head coach, where he led the franchise to an 81-63 (.563) overall record. While in Chicago, Smith led the Bears to three NFC North titles and two NFC Championship Game appearances. In 2006, the Smith-led Bears advanced to their first Super Bowl appearance in 21 seasons.

Tampa Bay is coming off a satisfying 38-31 home victory over the Jaguars that snapped a two-game losing streak and an overall 11-game home losing streak.

In that game, the Buccaneers used a third-quarter fumble recovery for touchdown by defensive end Jacquies Smith that put them up for good against their in-state rivals.

Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, the No. 1-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, completed 13-of-19 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown, while running back Doug Martin had 24 rushes for 123 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Tampa Bay offensive attack.

Defensively, the Buccaneers had six sacks in the winning effort, led by two by linebacker Howard Jones and 1.5 by defensive lineman Gerald McCoy. Linebacker Lavonte David led the defense with 10 total tackles and a sack.

Kicker Connor Barth, meanwhile, converted all three of his field-goal attempts, including a long of 47 yards.

The Buccaneers entered today's games ranked 20th in the league in total offense at 340.8 yards per game, and eighth in the league in total defense at 322.8 yards allowed per game.

Through five games, Winston has completed 86-of-152 passes (56.6 percent) for 1,174 yards and seven touchdowns to seven interceptions. He also has 20 rushes for 62 yards (3.1 yards per carry) and a touchdown. Martin, meanwhile, has 90 rushes for 405 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and three rushing touchdowns. Wide receiver Vincent Jackson leads the Buccaneers with 20 receptions for 306 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively, safety Chris Conte leads the team with 28 total tackles, and also has two forced fumbles and an interception. David has 21 tackles with a sack and a forced fumble, while McCoy has 14 total tackles with a team-best 4.5 sacks.

Game notesHere's some more facts from next Sunday's Redskins-Buccaneers matchup in Landover, Md., courtesy of Redskins Public Relations:

  • The Redskins will attempt to even their all-time record against the Buccaneers at 11-11, including postseason play.
  • The Redskins are 4-1 all-time against teams coached by Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith.
  • This game will mark the sixth time in the past seven seasons that the Redskins will face the team who held the No. 1 pick in that year's NFL Draft.
  • The game is expected to mark safety Dashon Goldson's first game against his former team since being traded to the Redskins on April 3.


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