It was an uneven performance Sunday for the Washington Redskins’ defense.
The unit limited the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a pair of first-half field goals. But the Buccaneers had 16 second-half points, nearly pulling out a win before the Redskins regrouped in the final two minutes to prevail, 24-22, on placekicker Billy Cundiff’s field goal with three seconds left.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who had a first-half interception to set up a Redskins’ touchdown, called the overall play of the defense “average.”
Said Hall: “We can’t win letting leads like that go. We’ve got to buckle down and finish games off. That has to be our identity. We have to go out there and play for 60 minutes and keep hitting, keep hitting offenses in the mouth. We kind of let up a little bit. We’ll keep working on that, trying to get better.”
The Buccaneers’ Josh Freeman became the first quarterback to fall short of a 300-yard passing game against the Redskins this season–but only by a yard. Freeman threw for 299 yards and the Buccaneers had a pair of 100-yard receivers.
“I thought we played pretty well overall,” said linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who had the Redskins’ lone sack. “We just gave up some big plays, some big passes, and that’s what led to some of their scores. So like I say every week, we just have to eliminate the big plays because that’s ultimately what dooms us.”