Sunday, September 30, 2012
How you feeling? Redskins-Buccaneers
By Dan Graziano
As the Washington Redskins prepare to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 4:25 p.m. ET today in Tampa, Fla., here's one reason for Redskins fans to feel good and one reason for concern.
Feeling good: This is a tough thing for Redskins fans to get used to, but your team has the quarterback advantage in this game. Robert Griffin III is playing at a much higher level so far this year than Tampa Bay's Josh Freeman is, and the Tampa Bay secondary has shown a vulnerability to opposing passing games so far this year. This game offers Griffin an opportunity to take more shots downfield than he may have had so far in his first three games, and while I'm sure you'll still see plenty of designed runs for the quarterback and even some more option looks, you could see some new wrinkles that allow Griffin to show off his arm a bit more than he has.
Cause for concern: The Buccaneers have been the toughest team in the league against which to run the ball so far this year, allowing just 47.3 rush yards per game over the first three weeks. The Redskins like to run the ball, not just with Griffin but with rookie Alfred Morris, to try and control time of possession. Tampa Bay's big defensive front could make that more of a challenge than it's been in the Redskins' first three games. And given the current state of the Washington secondary, it might be a good idea to try and keep the defense off the field as much as possible.