This past Sunday the Washington Redskins lost to the Atlanta Falcons, 38-14. Washington is 5-3 through Week 9 with all five of their wins coming against NFC teams. Coming into this weeks game against the Bucs, the Skins are 1-2 against the NFC South with a win against Carolina, who is more than likely going to make the playoffs. Their two losses came against Atlanta and New Orleans in which the two teams respectfully threw the ball all over the Skins defense.
In their last five games, the Skins are 3-2 with wins against the Panthers, Cowboys, and Giants — the two losses were against Atlanta and New Orleans. Tampa, however, is coming in 3-5 and 1-4 in their last five with losses to the Panthers, Bengals, Falcons, and Bears. They did manage to defeat a lackluster Browns squad 26-23 in overtime.
Washington will see a familiar face on Sunday in DeSean Jackson who left the team in 2017 to sign a three year, $33.5 million contract with the Buccaneers on March 9, 2017. $20 million of the contract is guaranteed including a first year, $6 million roster bonus.
Jackson still unhappy
Jackson voiced his concerns earlier this season about wanting a trade as he was not pleased with how things were going within the organization. As of today, it still seems possible that Jackson wants out of Tampa.
Jackson told Jenna Laine of ESPN that there was still frustration.
“The frustration is just knowing what’s in this locker room, knowing the players we have, all across the board and knowing how talented it can be. It did show early on. That’s the frustration. Not being able to have the results of the past three or four games, whatever that number is. That’s been more the frustration with me. It’s not individual.”
Smith vs. Fitzpatrick
This game will come down to which team can air it out and score points. If you’re a Skins fan, you are hoping that Smith and company can at least surpass 300 yards passing. Last week, Smith tossed for 306 yards but his production has been lackluster in the passing game.
Against the Giants, Smith only threw for 178 yards, and then again against the Cowboys, he threw 178 yards. In the weeks prior against the Panthers, Smith threw for 163 yards. The good news is that Smith did, however, throw at least one touchdown in those games.
Smith is 1-1 against the Bucs and has four touchdowns with one interception. He first played the Bucs in 2011 where he threw for three touchdowns and last faced them in 2016 where he threw for a touchdown and interception.
As for his counterpart on Sunday, Ryan Fitzpatrick has lit it up with pure magic this season — well that is when he is playing in place of a bust in Winston. Fitzpatrick has thrown 17 touchdowns for 1793 total yards. He also has seven interceptions.
Fitzpatrick has also thrown for four touchdown games three different times this season. He also had a three-touchdown and two touchdown passing game this season for the Bucs. Against the Skins in his career, Fitzpatrick is 4-1 overall with six touchdowns and three interceptions.
This game is crucial for both teams right now. For Washington, they need this win to gain more confidence heading into the back end of the season and if they win and the Eagles lose, the Skins once again have a two-game lead over the division.
For the Bucs, they need this win so they can move to 4-5 on the season and keep their playoff hopes alive. At this point, a loss here for the Bucs against Washington will likely end their playoff hopes.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 PM on Fox with Tampa being three-point home favorites.