Every game in Week 4 of the 2016 NFL preseason will be played on Thursday, except for one. Originally scheduled on the same night as the other 15 contests, the preseason finale between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins has moved to Wednesday night.
The contest was moved up a day because of severe weather expected from Tropical Depression Nine. While the game will still be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, the teams hope to avoid the heavy rainfall that could produce flooding, as well as potential tornadoes, on Thursday.
"We have been in regular communication with administrators from the Tampa Sports Authority, Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa and the National Weather Service over the past day as it has become apparent that the most severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Nine will likely make landfall on Thursday," Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford said. "This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff."
Both teams are looking to finish the preseason strong after winning two of their first three exhibition games. Tampa Bay has won two games in a row after dropping their opener, and Washington has done the same. The starters aren’t expected to get much playing time, if any, with the regular season set to begin in a little over a week.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins didn’t play in the team’s second game after going a perfect five-of-five in Week 1, and he tossed three touchdown passes against the Buffalo Bills this past weekend. Cousins will rest on Wednesday, giving Nate Sudfeld a chance to potentially play the entire game as Washington’s signal caller.
Jameis Winston might not play either after completing 16 of 25 passes for 259 yards and two scores in Tampa Bay’s 30-13 win over the Cleveland Browns. Mike Glennon and Ryan Griffin have also taken snaps under center for the Bucs this preseason.
Tampa Bay opens up the regular season on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. Washington hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers in one of two games on "Monday Night Football."
Start Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NFL Network
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