Sunday, December 12, 2010
Wrap-up: Buccaneers 17, Redskins 16
By Matt Mosley
A few thoughts on the Washington Redskins' stunning loss to the Bucs:
What it means: The Redskins (5-8) overcame a lot of adversity to have a shot at putting this game into overtime. But a high snap and the failure of holder Hunter Smith to catch a wet football doomed the Skins with 9 seconds left on the clock. After falling behind for the first time in the game, Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb engineered a late scoring drive that ended with a short touchdown pass to Santana Moss. This was by far the most painful loss of the season for the Skins because of the way things ended.
Huge first half for Ryan Torain: The Redskins running back returned to action after missing four games with hamstring issues and had 158 yards in the first half. But Redskins kicker Graham Gano undermined the whole process by missing field goals from 24 and 34 yards. The Bucs held Torain to only 14 yards in the second half. Washington couldn't sustain a drive until late in the fourth quarter, so Torain was a non-factor.
The big play -- other than the botch: The defense played well for much of the game, but Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman delivered a perfect pass to tight end Kellen Winslow on a 41-yard touchdown with less than four minutes remaining in the game. It was Winslow's second catch of the game, but it was a huge one. Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh was attempting to cover Winslow down the seam on the play. Freeman did a nice job of buying time in the pocket and then put the ball where McIntosh had no chance.
What's next: The Redskins will travel to Arlington, Texas, for a game against the Cowboys. This is a much different Cowboys team than the one the Redskins encountered in Week 1. We'll see if coach Mike Shanahan can rally his team after an emotional home loss to the Bucs. The Redskins dominated Tampa Bay in the first half, but they faded in the second half and needed a desperate drive to have an opportunity to tie the game.