Washington Redskins: Analysis and Observations Against the Bucs

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Washington Redskins: Analysis and Observations Against the Bucs
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It wasn’t pretty, but I’ll take it. I know it’s early in the season, but Sunday’s win at Tampa Bay was a must-win.

This was an old-school Redskins type of win. It could have easily been a blowout, sloppy play on both teams and a nerve-wrecking field goal that gives me heart palpitations.

Don’t worry, I’ll get to Billy Cundiff later.

The Redskins face a daunting schedule the rest of the way, and they needed a win to complete their first quarter of the year with a .500 record.

I have mentioned on numerous occasions that football is a game of adjustments. By all accounts, the Redskins dominated the first half of the game.

Come the second half, it was a different story. Josh Freeman looked like a career backup to perennial Pro Bowler in just an hour span.

So for one half of football, the defense finally had an effective game plan. On the other hand, Jim Haslett has yet to devise a scheme that lasts for four quarters, which is a major concern.

Onto the good part, Robert Griffin is amazing, incredible, fantastic, etc. It appears that it’s going to take more than one defender to tackle Alfred Morris every single time. Leonard Hankerson has the potential to be the quintessential possession-type receiver whom the Redskins have lacked since Art Monk and Trent Williams proved something to me.

Here’s a few things that I want to touch on: Everyone is crediting the 49ers with their offensive approach against the Jets last Sunday in which quarterback Colin Kaepernick was used in a Wildcat offense.

That didn’t look like the Wildcat offense to me. That was the Redskins offense. The NFL is taking notice of Kyle Shanahan’s approach with the athletic Robert Griffin, and Kaepernick was put in the same position to utilize both his arm strength and rushing ability.

Anyway, here’s my analysis of the Redskins' 24-22 victory over the Buccaneers.

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