The NFL's highest scoring offense in Washington Redskins faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their top- ranked rush defense Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium.
The game begins at 4:25 p.m. EDT and will be shown by Fox, or you may watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Coping with an offensive line that couldn't protect him, Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III struggled to find a passing rhythm in Washington’s 38-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday.
Griffin went 21-for-34 for 221 yards and a touchdown, and also led the Redskins with 85 rushing yards and a score, but took six sacks and six more hits in the pocket. Upstart running back Alfred Morris ran 17 times for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Griffin found receiver Santana Moss for a 3-yard touchdown strike to knot the game at 24-24, but the Bengals responded with two straight touchdown drives and Washington never came closer than seven points behind.
The Bengals lit up the 31st ranked Redskins secondary for 385 yards and four touchdowns, including a 73-yard bomb from receiver Mohamed Manu on the game’s opening play. To date, Washington has surrendered 442 yards a game this season.
The Buccaneers offense, however, seems just as hapless as Washington’s defense, as Tampa Bay fell to the Dallas Cowboys 16-10 in Week Three despite forcing three turnovers.
Quarterback Josh Freeman has the NFC’s worst completion percentage at 51.3, and the fifth-worst 71.4 passer rating through three games. Freeman went 10-for-28 for 110 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys, and as a team Tampa Bay mustered only 166 yards of offense.
The Buccaneers loan achievement is the best rushing defense in the NFL, holding teams to 47.3 yards per game. Against Dallas, Tampa Bay stuffed running back DeMarco Murray for only 38 yards and the Cowboys sole touchdown.
That rush defense could be tested Sunday as the Buccaneers placed defensive end Adrian Clayborn on injured reserve and defensive end Da’Quan Bowers is out.
Washington’s secondary may continue to struggle as cornerback Cedric Griffin and safety Brandon Meriweather are questionable.
Betting Odds: Tampa Bay is favored by 3 points; Over/Under: 47.5 points
Prediction: Tampa Bay will neutralize Griffin’s running ability and force him to throw, but Washington is averaging a league-high 33 points per game and will find a way to score and win.
Predicted Score: Washington 35, Tampa Bay 20