Best Runner: Tailback Clinton Portis got off to a fast start, with eight carries for 82 yards in the first quarter. Portis appeared to have running room because the Bucs were playing off the line of scrimmage in an effort to prevent the long pass, which has been a big part of the Redskins' offense this season. He finished with 144 yards and one touchdown.
Worst Protection: Midway through the first quarter, the Redskins were facing third down and six from the Tampa Bay 8, and Mark Brunell dropped back to pass. Before he could deliver the throw, Bucs defensive end Simeon Rice burst through for the sack, forcing a fumble. The Redskins recovered and settled for a field goal.
Best H-Back: Coming into the season, Chris Cooley appeared the biggest threat at H-back for the Redskins, but so far Mike Sellers has been the touchdown maker at the position. Sellers got his fifth touchdown of the season on a seven-yard pass from Brunell, and the ensuing two-point conversion pass to Portis tied the game at 21 in the third quarter.
Worst Call: The Redskins got a lift when returner Ladell Betts broke free for a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown just after the Buccaneers had taken a 14-3 lead. It appeared Betts stepped out of bounds before he reached the end zone. Tampa Bay challenged, but officials somehow missed what seemed clear on replays and upheld the touchdown.
Best Distribution: Brunell completed passes to nine players, including three to wide receiver David Patten and three to Betts. Even little-used Brian Kozlowski caught one pass for 18 yards.
Best Drive: The Redskins mixed the run and pass with efficiency during their fourth-quarter touchdown drive that covered 76 yards and used 8 minutes 34 seconds. Brunell completed three straight passes to begin the possession, and Washington closed it with four consecutive runs, including Portis's eight-yard touchdown.
Best Vision: Portis's touchdown in the fourth quarter came after he cut to the outside when he neared the line of scrimmage and found a big crowd there to greet him. Portis quickly turned the right corner and sprinted toward the end zone.
Worst Penalty: The Buccaneers scored a late touchdown to cut the lead to 35-34 and lined up to attempt the extra point. Shawn Springs combined with Walt Harris to block the kick, but Washington was offside. On the ensuing play, Mike Alstott plunged in for the two-point conversion for the lead with 58 seconds to play.
Best Effort: Alstott appeared stopped after the initial contact on his two-point run, but the determined fullback did not go down and was able to stretch into the end zone for the decisive points.
-- Gene Wang