Throughout the NFL, teams like to approach their season in quarters. The first quarter of the season is coming to end in Tampa on Sunday afternoon.
Both teams are in a rebuilding process and are standing at 1-2 respectively. The Redskins have felt the highest of highs in an emotional victory in New Orleans, while the Bucs have lost consecutive games. However, they held their own against the superior Giants and Cowboys.
So, when looking at the Redskins' opponent for this week, do I consider them better than Tampa Bay right now? Yes. Does that guarantee a win? Of course not.
Is this a must-win game? Technically, no; there is still plenty of football left to play. I would consider a 2-2 record after the first quarter of the season to be a success.
The past two games for the Redskins have been downright sloppy. There have been careless mistakes, big plays and a lot of “what ifs”.
Mike Shanahan knows football, but his development of this organization has not yet translated to wins. This is a game that should be won.
The Skins and the Bucs both have poor defenses, against which opposing quarterbacks have torched both secondaries. Josh Freeman has not been impressive thus far, and this might be the game where he snaps out of it.
The same can be said for the Redskins defense. I can’t sugarcoat it: the defense is awful. The Bucs have an offense that can be stopped, so this might be a game where the defense can make a statement.
Anyway, just like the past three games, I expect this to be a high-scoring and entertaining game. As usual. Below are my statistical predictions for the skill position players for the Burgundy and Gold.