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Redskins Stop the Bucs 16-13

One play.

Sometimes that's all it takes to turn a game around.

Will it be enough to turn a season around?

In the Redskins' 16-13 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at FedExField, the "one play" occurred late in the third quarter.

The Redskins trailed 10-9 when Jason Campbell faked a handoff to Clinton Portis and then dropped back to pass. He saw Santana Moss streaking down the right sideline with a couple steps on cornerback Aqib Talib.

Campbell threw deep to Moss--and his pass was right on target.

Moss caught the ball for a 59-yard touchdown pass to give the Redskins the lead for the first time in the game. Portis raced downfield to celebrate with Moss in the end zone.

"They were all over Santana early in the game with double coverage," Jim Zorn said. "The play action pass held the safety inside and Santana had his way with [Talib]. It was a great throw. I don't think Santana had to move. That ball was right on the money. It was fun to watch."

Fun was not the operative word to describe most of Sunday's game.

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Even Clinton Portis admitted the win was not a thing of beauty, but he added that "a win is a win."

The Redskins improved to 2-2 on the season.

Campbell had an up-and-down afternoon, completing 12-of-22 passes for 170 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions and one fumble.He was sacked three times, but he was able to use his mobility to rush for 62 yards on scrambles.

As Campbell struggled, Zorn kept grinding it out on the ground.

Portis fought for yardage, totaling 98 yards on 25 carries, and was close to breaking several long runs.

"We finally got into a rhythm on offense," Portis said.

Meantime, the Redskins' defense kept their composure despite Campbell's four turnovers. The unit allowed just 229 yards of offense and 100 passing yards by quarterback Josh Johnson, who was making his first NFL start.

London Fletcher and Reed Doughty led the defense with nine tackles each, DeAngelo Hall had a key interception and Fletcher, Brian Orakpo and Justin Tryon posted sacks.

There was a feeling of relief in the Redskins' post-game locker room after the game.

The win ended what was a tense week for the Redskins.

Following last week's 19-14 loss to the Detroit Lions, the Redskins endured a week of criticism and scrutiny from fans and media alike.

Things started poorly against Tampa Bay.

On the game's second play, Campbell stepped up in the pocket and right into defensive end Gaines Adams for a sack.

On the game's third play, Campbell was pressured from the right and sacked by defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson. He lost the ball and Adams quickly pounced on it for a fumble recovery.

The Buccaneers started their opening drive at the Redskins' 10-yard line.

One play later, Johnson threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Bryant. Carlos Rogers had solid coverage, but Johnson's pass was placed perfectly to Bryant.

Down 7-0, the Redskins' offense continued to struggle against the NFL's 31st-ranked defense. Campbell's first pass of the game was batted away by Adams, forcing a punt by Hunter Smith.

Midway through the first quarter, it was announced that Smith suffered a groin injury on his first punt of the game.

The Redskins would have to find another punter--and fast.

Zorn turned to Shaun Suisham.

Late in the first quarter, the Redskins faced a 4th-and-4 at the Buccaneers' 37-yard line. Zorn opted to go for the first down instead of having Suisham punt the ball.

Campbell's pass across the middle to Malcolm Kelly was intercepted by cornerback Aqib Talib.

Campbell would throw another interception--again to Talib--early in the second quarter on a deep sideline route.

Late in the first half, the Buccaneers moved into scoring range as Johnson completed passes to tight end Kellen Winslow for 15 yards and wide receiver Sammie Stroughter for 10 yards. Then Johnson used his mobility to scramble up the middle for 15 yards to the Redskins' 22-yard line.

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Nugent, who missed 49- and 48-yard attempts earlier in the first half, connected on a 37-yarder as time expired in the first half with the Buccaneers holding a 10-0 lead.

Boos cascaded from the stands as the Redskins headed into the locker room.

The Redskins needed a big play to reclaim momentum.

They got one early in the third quarter, and it came courtesy of Hall.

Johnson threw a deep sideline pass to Bryant, but Hall leaped up in front of the 6-1,205-pound receiver for an interception. Hall returned the ball to the Bucs' 41-yard line.

The offense moved into scoring range after Campbell used his legs to scramble for nine yards and a first down. The offense stalled, though, after Campbell's short pass to Moss was off the mark.

Suisham connected on a 42-yard field goal to--finally--get the Redskins on the scoreboard and narrow the Bucs' lead to 10-3.

Midway through the third quarter, Campbell and Cooley started to get into a rhythm.

Campbell connected on 17-yard and 12-yard passes to Cooley to move the offense into scoring range.

Then Campbell fought past tacklers to scramble for 13-yards on a key 3rd-and-11 play.

Next play, Campbell dropped back and saw Cooley breaking open toward the end zone. Cooley caught Campbell's pass for a 17-yard touchdown catch.

The extra point was blocked, though, and Tampa Bay held on to a 10-9 lead.

Not for long, though.

On the Redskins' next drive, it took one play for the offense to strike.

Campbell-to-Moss, 59 yards.

Finally, the Redskins had the lead.

It would be up to the defense to hold on in the fourth quarter.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers used a mix of the run and the pass to move downfield. Running back Carnell Williams caught a 5-yard pass to convert a third down and later broke off on a 17-yard run to the Redskins' 7-yard line.

On 3rd-and-goal at the 8-yard line, Johnson scrambled out of the pocket as he waited for a receiver to get open in the end zone.

Rolling left, several Redskins defenders closed in on him. He opted to run and Fletcher and Tryon dragged him down after a 4-yard gain.

The Buccaneers settled for a 22-yard field goal by Nugent, narrowing the Redskins' lead to 16-13.

The Redskins got the ball back with 4:20 remaining in the game. Portis picked up 10 yards on a carry, but the offense stalled.

The Bucs would get another chance.

Suisham punted to Tampa Bay's 19-yard line, where the Buccaneers took over with a chance to drive downfield for a game-tying field goal.

At 3rd-and-1 at the 28-yard line, running back Clifton Smith took a handoff and searched for a hole up the middle.

Jeremy Jarmon came in from behind him and stripped the ball from Smith's grasp. Chris Horton pounced on the fumble for the recovery.

Forty-eight seconds left.

Time for the victory formation.

After a seemingly hopeless first half, the Redskins had rebounded for a much-needed win.

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PRE-GAME COVERAGE

The Redskins return to FedExField on Sunday, Oct. 4 to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

The Redskins-Buccaneers game is presented by Loudoun County, Virginia: D.C.'s Wine Country.

FedExField is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 91,704.

It is the first of four games the Redskins will play against the NFC South this season.

The Redskins are 1-2 in the NFC so far this season and 1-0 at FedExField, with a Week 2 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

Washington is 8-3 vs. non-divisional opponents at FedExField since the start of the 2007 season.

The Redskins-Buccaneers game will be televised to a regional audience on FOX. Sam Rosen calls the play-by-play and Tim Ryan provides color analysis.

On radio, the game will be broadcast locally on the Redskins Radio Network. Larry Michael calls the play-by-play with former Redskins and Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff adding color commentary. Former Redskin Rick 'Doc' Walker reports from the sidelines.

Jorge Andres and Mario Alfaro call the game in Spanish on ESPN Deportes 730, with Cristina Cruz reporting from the sidelines.

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PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

Official Redskins-Buccaneers FlipCard (PDF)
OFFENSE
Pos.RedskinsBuccaneers
WR89 Santana Moss80 Michael Clayton
LT60 Chris Samuels70 Donald Penn
LG66 Derrick Dockery76 Jeremy Zuttah
C61 Casey Rabach52 Jeff Faine
RG75 Chad Rinehart75 Davin Joseph
RT74 Stephon Heyer65 Jeremy Trueblood
TE47 Chris Cooley82 Kellen Winslow
WR12 Malcolm Kelly89 Antonio Bryant
QB17 Jason Campbell11 Josh Johnson
FB45 Mike Sellers35 B.J. Askew
RB26 Clinton Portis24 Carnell Williams
DEFENSE
Pos.RedskinsBuccaneers
DE99 Andre Carter97 Jimmy Wilkerson
DT96 Cornelius Griffin98 Ryan Sims
DT92 A. Haynesworth95 Chris Hovan
DE93 Phillip Daniels90 Gaines Adams
SLB98 Brian Orakpo58 Quincy Black
MLB59 London Fletcher51 Barrett Ruud
WLB52 Rocky McIntosh54 Geno Hayes
LCB23 DeAngelo Hall25 Aquib Talib
RCB22 Carlos Rogers20 Ronde Barber
SS37 Reed Doughty21 Sabby Piscitelli
FS30 LaRon Landry26 Will Allen
SPECIAL TEAMS
Pos.RedskinsBuccaneers
P3 Hunter Smith8 Dirk Johnson
K6 Shaun Suisham4 Mike Nugent
H3 Hunter Smith8 Dirk Johnson
LS67 Ethan Albright48 Andrew Economos
KOR31 Rock Cartwright22 Clifton Smith
PR82 A. Randle El22 Clifton Smith


SERIES HISTORY

The Redskins and Buccaneers have met 15 times in regular season play since Tampa Bay entered the league as an expansion team in 1976.

Tampa Bay leads the series by an 8-7 count. The clubs also have an even record of 1-1 in postseason play.

Sunday's game is the seventh matchup between the two clubs since 2003. It's the first meeting in Washington since 2003.

The last time the two clubs met was on Nov. 25, 2007 at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers won 19-13, capitalizing on six Redskins turnovers.

Jason Campbell completed 30-of-49 passes for 301 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He guided the Redskins downfield in the game's final minutes and put the offense in position for a game-winning score, but he threw an interception in the end zone to cornerback Brian Kelly.

In 2006, the Redskins lost at Tampa Bay 20-17 in Campbell's NFL debut. The Bucs had to fend off a late rally by Campbell, who completed 19-of-34 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns.


TALE OF THE TAPE

REDSKINS 2009 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense13341.3
Rushing Offense2491.7
Passing Offense10249.7

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense16325.7Rushing Defense21127.7Passing Defense11198.0

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BUCCANEERS 2009 RANKINGS
OffenseRankYards/Game
Total Offense26296.3
Rushing Offense2586.3
Passing Offense17210.0

DefenseRankYards/GameTotal Defense30432.3Rushing Defense31187.3Passing Defense21245.0

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FAMILIAR FACES ON THE BUCCANEERS

Punter Dirk Johnson was with the Redskins during the 2009 offseason, but he was released after the team signed Hunter Smith.

Wide receivers coach Richard Mann served in the same capacity with the Redskins in 2001.

Defensive line coach Robert Nunn served in the same capacity with the Redskins in 2003.

Tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts was a coaching intern with the Redskins in 2000.

Director of Pro Personnel Doug Williams played quarterback for the Redskins from 1986-89. He started Super Bowl XXII and earned MVP honors after he guided the Redskins to a 42-10 win over the Denver Broncos. He was named one of the 70 Greatest Redskins in 2002 and remains one of the more popular players in franchise history.


REDSKINS-BUCCANEERS NEWS & NOTES

-- Campbell And the Buccaneers

Jason Campbell made his first NFL start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, back on Nov. 19, 2006 at Raymond James Stadium. He led a late rally, throwing a fourth-quarter touchdown to Todd Yoder, but the Redskins lost 20-17.

A year later, Campbell returned to Raymond James Stadium for another start against the Buccaneers. Down 19-13 in the fourth quarter, Campbell once again had a chance to rally the Redskins, but he threw a game-ending interception to cornerback Brian Kelly in the end zone.

Now Campbell makes his third start against the Buccaneers.

Through the first three games of the 2009 season, Campbell has completed the fourth most passes of any quarterback in the league, on the 10th most attempts. His 793 passing yards is the ninth-best total.

Campbell's QB rating of 92.5 is the ninth-best in the NFL.

Last week at Detroit, Campbell completed 27-of-41 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns. It was his fifth career 300-yard passing game and the second-highest total of his career, trailing only the 348-yard effort on Nov. 18, 2007 at Dallas.

In Redskins history, Campbell tied Gus Frerotte for the sixth-most career completions with 744. He also tied Mark Brunell for the the 10th-most touchdown passes with 38.

-- Redskins Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

Fans attending Sunday's game against Tampa Bay will be welcomed by dozens of Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) sorority members distributing 45,000 Think Pink ribbins and education cards in support of breast cancer awareness.

Wives of Redskins players and coaches will join the Redskins Cheerleaders, the Hogettes and ZTA volunteers to hand out ribbons before kickoff.

Also, the Redskins are teaming up with George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates to provide free mammograms for underserved area women throughout the month of October.

George Washington University's "Mammovan" will be on site at FedExField on Sunday to provide free educational materials and tours.

Last Tuesday, the Redskins hosted the All Star Survivors Luncheon at Redskins Park for women currently battling breast cancer. The event was hosted by Chris and Christy Cooley and Derrick and Emma Dockery, in partnership with the Redskins and the American Cancer Society.

The breast cancer survivors were treated to a lunch and an afternoon of pampering that included receiving a new wig and scarf, new jeans donated by Gap, Inc., a makeup session with a licensed cosmetologist and $300 work of makeup.

Tanya Snyder, wife of Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder, is the NFL National Spokesperson for Breast Cancer Awareness.

-- Fletcher's Streak

Last Sunday at Detroit, London Fletcher started in his 138th consecutive contest since entering the league in 1998. It is the fourth-longest streak among active players.

The 138 consecutive starts is the best in the league among active NFL linebackers. (Dallas's Keith Brooking is second with 131.)

Overall, Fletcher has played in 179 straight games, tied for the second-most in the NFL (excluding specialists) with Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber and Indianapolis's Peyton Manning.

Fletcher, Barber and Manning trail only Minnesota's Brett Favre, who has played in 274 consecutive games.

Fletcher, a team captain, has emerged as one of the Redskins' leaders in just three seasons with the club.

Following the Redskins' 19-14 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sept. 27, Fletcher said: "We have to come in here with a workmanlike attitude and a workmanlike mentality and go out each and every day on the practice field and in the meeting rooms with that mindset that we must work to win."

-- How the Redskins' Roster Was Built

The Redskins have 24 players on the roster that the team drafted, including 2009 first-round pick Brian Orakpo and 2009 supplemental draft pick Jeremy Jarmon. Draft picks account for 45.2 percent of the Redskins roster.

Chris Samuels is the longest-tenured Redskins. He has played for the franchise since 2000.

Washington has used free agency to acquire 22 players, including Mike Sellers in 2004, Casey Rabach in 2005, Andre Carter and Antwaan Randle El in 2006, London Fletcher in 2007, DeAngelo Hall in 2008 and Albert Haynesworth and Hunter Smith in 2009. Free agents account for 43.3 percent of the roster.

Three Redskins players were acquired as undrafted rookie free agents. This group includes starting right tackle Stephon Heyer.

The team has acquired two players via trade. Clinton Portis was acquired in a 2004 trade with the Denver Broncos and Santana Moss joined the Redskins as part of a 2005 trade with the New York Jets.

The Redskins have claimed two players off waivers: Anthony Alridge and Marcus Mason.

-- Leftwich Returns to D.C.

As a youth growing up in Washington, D.C., in the mid-1980s, Buccaneers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich would often sneak into RFK Stadium with his older brother Kevin to watch their beloved Redskins on game day.

Leftwich went on to be a first-round draft pick of the Jaguars, and has since played for the Falcons and Steelers. He has put his childhood rooting interests behind him, but he keeps plenty of ties to the Washington, D.C., area. He attended H.D. Woodson High School in the city.

Who was his favorite Redskins player growing up?

"Whoever played good that week," he said in a 2006 interview. "Sometimes it was Mark Rypien. Sometimes it was Darrell Green. Sometimes it was Earnest Byner. Sometimes it was Doug Williams. It was everybody, man."

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-- Redskins Team Captains

The Redskins have elected captains for the offense, defense and special teams.

For the offense, it's quarterback Jason Campbell and left tackle Chris Samuels.

For the defense, it's defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin and linebacker London Fletcher.

For special teams, it's running back Rock Cartwright and fullback Mike Sellers.

Sellers is the newcomer of the captains this year. The other five were also voted team captains in 2008.

-- Strength of Schedule

Washington's strength of schedule for 2009 was ranked 16th in the NFL at .492. Their opponents' 2008 cumulative record was 125-129-2.

The Redskins play a total of seven games against 2008 playoff teams, with four of those games against NFC East foes Philadelphia and New York.

The Miami Dolphins have the NFL's toughest schedule at .594. Their opponents' 2008 cumulative record was 152-104.

The Chicago Bears have the NFL's easiest schedule at .414. Their opponents' 2008 cumulative record was 105-149-2.

-- Moss Moves Up

Santana Moss caught 10 passes for a 178 yards last Sunday vs. Detroit. The 10 catches tied his career-high and the 178 receiving yards set a new career-high, besting his previous mark of of 173 on Oct. 16, 2005 at Kansas City.

With the 10 catches, Moss moved past Michael Westbrook into eighth place on the Redskins' all-time receiving yards list with 4,344.

Moss's 57-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter vs. Detroit was the 17th catch of his career to cover at least 50 yards. Twelve of those catches have gone for touchdown.

-- Montgomery-Hamilton Connection

Will Montgomery, the Redskins' backup guard-center, is a Centreville, Va., native and played high school football at Centreville High School.

This Sunday against Tampa Bay, he greets his former high school teammate, Buccaneers cornerback Marcus Hamilton.

Both Montgomery and Hamilton were coached by Redskins pro scout Don Warren at Centreville High School.

-- What's Next?

The Redskins stay in the NFC South as they travel to Charlotte, N.C., to take on the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 11 at Bank of America Stadium. Kickoff is 1 p.m. ET.

The last time the Washington and Carolina played in the regular season was on Nov. 26, 2006. The Redskins won 17-13 at FedExField.

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