Tampa Bay Sports Day

BUCS: Redskins Dampen Preseason Finale for Tampa Bay, 20-13

The Washington Redskins finished the NFL preseason with a 20-13 road win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at a rain soaked Raymond James Stadium.

“It [the weather] didn’t do anybody any favors. Anybody that was handling the ball it sure didn’t do them any favors. But it was the same for both teams – heck, Washington came out, those two backs for Washington I was very impressed with how hard they ran, we couldn’t run it a lick tonight,” said Tampa Nay head coach Dirk Koetter.  “I don’t think it helped too many people, but I’ll reserve judgment. I’ve said it before (that) I can be irrational, so the tape will put it into perspective.”

Redskins running back and former Florida Gator Mack Brown rushed for 130 yards in the first half, including a 60-yard touchdown for a 10-0 lead. Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins had two field goals in the first half.

On the first drive of the second half, Tampa Bay drove 43 yards in 12 plays, setting up a 50-yard field goal by rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo, the longest for him this preseason. He later added a 23-yard field goal and an extra point. Aguayo finishes the preseason with 31 points and eight made field goals, both the most by a Buccaneers kicker dating back to at least 2000.

“Yeah I think that probably the two brightest spots of the game was Roberto’s 50-yarder and Bryan Anger had a really nice night punting the ball. Our coverage teams on kicks were good, but that’s about the end of the highlights right there,” Koetter said.

Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon went 1 of 5 for minus-1 yard. Third string QB Ryan Griffin got off to a rough start.  He had his first pass tipped and intercepted by Washington’s Duke Ihenacho.

“We didn’t move the ball well enough. We only had one first down and that was through a penalty. Weather is not really an excuse and we need to do a better job moving the football. Running the ball, throwing the ball, everything. It wasn’t good enough in the first half,” Glennon said

Tampa Bay had just 69 yards of total offense entering the fourth quarter after the same backups totaled 56 in the second half of Friday’s win against the Cleveland Browns. They piled up 81 yards on one fourth-quarter drive that resulted in Aguayo’s 22-yard field goal for a 20-6 score.

Tampa Bay added a nine-yard touchdown pass from QB Ryan Griffin to Bernard Reedy with 57 seconds left to play. Wide receiver Freddie Martino caught six passes for 65 yards, both game highs for either team.

“Those last few drives felt great, stuff from practice carried over to the game, which was great to see. That last play, that touchdown, they did a great job with recognizing the check which we had worked on countless times. Just to execute like that was a great way to finish it,” Griffin said.

Redskins rookie Nate Sudfeld QB threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Ross in the third quarter for a 20-3 lead.

In the first quarter defensive end  Jacquies Smith recorded his fourth sack of the preseason. That is the most recorded by a Buccaneers player dating back to at least 2000. Linebacker Josh Keyes recorded his first career preseason sack in the third quarter, bringing down  Sudfeld for a one-yard loss. Safety  Kimario McFadden had his first career sack in tonight’s game, dropping Sudfeld for an eight-yard loss.

Tampa Bay finishes the preseason with 16 sacks, tied for the most by the team in a preseason dating back to at least 2000. Tampa Bay had 16 in 2001.

The Bucs open their season on Sept. 11 at Atlanta.