Game day notes for Redskins-Bucs

September 30, 2012

The Washington Redskins today visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and hope to halt a two-game losing streak and close out the first quarter of the season with a 2-2 record.

London Fletcher
London Fletcher and the Redskins look to snap a two-game losing streak.

This marks the 20th meeting between Washington and Tampa Bay. The Bucs lead the series 10-9 (9-8 in regular season matchups). Tampa Bay won the last meeting, 17-16, on Dec. 12, 2010. The Redskins won the previous meeting 16-13 on Oct. 4, 2009.

 Like Washington, the Buccaneers enter the game with a 1-2 record. Tampa Bay aims to rebound from a 16-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3.

Here are some more fast facts for this game:

  • The Redskins enter the game ranked sixth offensively, averaging 404.3 yards per game while Tampa Bay is last in the league with 243.7 yards per game. Washington has the highest-scoring offense in the league (33.0) while Tampa Bay ranks 24th (20 ppg).
  • The Buccaneers are 16th in points allowed, limiting foes to 22.3 points per game. The Redskins have given up 33.7 points per game (third most in the league).
  • Tampa Bay’s defense leads the league against the run, holding teams to 47.3 yards per game. Washington ranks ninth, limiting opponents to 92.0 rushing yards.
  • Both teams struggle against the pass. Tampa Bay allows a league-high 353 passing yards a game while Washington has given up the second-highest total of 337 passing yards per outing.
  •  The Redskins have rushed for at least 150 yards in each of first three games of the season. A fourth consecutive 150-yard performance would mark the first such streak by Washington since Weeks 4-7 of the 2008 season.
  •  A 200-yard plus yard rushing performance would give the Redskins their first back-to-back 200-yard game since Weeks 4-5 of the 1984 season and their third since the 1970 NFL merger.
  •  Linebacker London Fletcher enters this matchup poised to extend his consecutive games streak to 228.
  • With a rushing touchdown today, quarterback Robert Griffin III would tie the franchise record (shared by Eddie LeBaron and Joe Theismann) of four touchdown scampers by a quarterback in one season.
  • Griffin needs 34 rushing yards to break Sammy Baugh’s franchise record for rushing yards (240) by a rookie quarterback.
  • With an 80-yard performance, Griffin would become only the sixth quarterback since the 1970 league merger to record three such games in a single season. Randall Cunningham, Bobby Douglass, Billy Kilmer, Tim Tebow and Michael Vick are the only quarterbacks to have accomplished such a feat.
  • With a 75-yard rushing performance, rookie running back Alfred Morris would join Larry Brown (1972), John Riggins (1983), George Rogers (1986), Ernest Byner (1991) and Terry Allen (1996) as the only backs to rush for at least 75 yards in each of the first four games of the season.
  • Wide receiver Santana Moss needs five catches to become the fourth player in team history to reach the 500 career reception as a Redskin.

Some connections between these teams:

  • Redskins general manager Bruce Allen held the same position with Tampa Bay from 2004-08.
  •  Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan served as an offensive quality control coach for Tampa Bay from 2004-05.
  •  Redskins tight ends coach Sean McVay was an offensive assistant for Tampa Bay in 2008.
  •  Secondary coach Raheem Morris spent the first nine seasons of his NFL coaching career with the Buccaneers before joining Washington’s staff this offseason.
  •  Redskins wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe played for the Bucs last season, leading them with six touchdown catches.
  •  Tampa Bay running backs coach Ernest Byner played for Washington from 1989 to 1993 and served as running backs coach with the Redskins from 2004 to ’07.
  • Buccaneers safety Cody Grimm is the son of former Redskins great Russ Grimm.
  •  Cody Grimm and Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan were teammates at Virginia Tech.
  •  Redskins tackle Trent Williams and Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy were teammates at Oklahoma.
  •  Receiver/return man Brandon Banks and linebacker Rob Jackson were teammates with Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman at Kansas State.
  •  Redskins safety Reed Doughty and Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson were teammates at Northern Colorado.
  •  Running back Roy Helu Jr., tight end Niles Paul were teammates with Bucs guard Carl Nicks at Nebraska.
  •  Guard Maurice Hurt and Bucs safety Ahmad Black were teammates at Florida.
Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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