Fitzpatrick Has No Magic For Redskins Mesmerizing Defense

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Nov 11, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber (25) runs with the ball as Washington Redskins inside linebacker Zach Brown (53) and Washington Redskins nose tackle Da'Ron Payne (95) tackle during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Although Ryan Fitzpatrick made some stupendous efforts at escaping the Redskins defense on Sunday, his 29 of 41 with 406 yards and a couple of interceptions wasn’t enough to overcome the mesmerizing Skins defense.

A pair of Fitzpatrick interceptions sealed the deal for the Washington Redskins as they defeated Tampa Bay, 16-3. For Washington, this was a game they needed to win not only so they could improve to 6-3 on the season, but to extend their lead in their division and over the NFC.

Miscues and missed chances hurt Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Have to do better, Tampa.

On Sunday afternoon the Redskins defense bounced back by forcing four turnovers against Fitzpatrick and the Bucs offense. Josh Norman got the first turnover of the game as he picked off Fitzpatrick at the one-yard line in which Norman returned it for 32 yards. Greg Stroman also got his name involved in playmaking as he recorded his first interception of the season and of his young career.

Tampa’s miscues kept getting worse. On a four-play, 55-yard drive, Tampa was in the driver seat to cut the Skins lead from 16-3 to 16-10, but, running back Jacquizz Rodgers had the ball punched out of his hands in which was recovered by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for a touchback. Ultimately the nail in the coffin for the Bucs came when Fitzpatrick was sacked and the ball was punched out by Ryan Kerrigan forcing another Skins turnover.

Although the Redskins defense made great plays in the game, Tampa’s field goal kicker Chandler Catanzaro may be looking for a new job in the coming weeks. When he took the field, the boo-birds were out chirping away, and rightfully so.

In what could’ve been a deciding point in the game, Catanzaro missed two big field goals. The first came from 30 yards out to tie the game at three. The second miss came when the Bucs were down 6-3, another chance to tie it up but from 48 yards out he sent it wide right.

As for Washington, they took advantage, sorta.

Redskins offense woes continue

Alex Smith finished going 19 of 27 for 178 yards with one touchdown. That touchdown connection was linked with Josh Doctson who now has his second touchdown of the season.

Smith gave credit where credit was due. First to the defense and then to his offensive line. Newly signed guard Jonathan Cooper got the start for the Redskins and protected Smith extremely well throughout the game. Morgan Moses went down late but the status of his injury is still unknown.

Adrian Peterson was pretty much quiet on Sunday as he finished with 68 yards rushing on 19 carries. Kapri Bibbs also got three touches for 28 yards and Smith rushed out of the pocket for 16 yards on two carries.

As for the receiving core, Mo Harris was the leading receiver with 52 yards on five receptions. Jordan Reed finished with 51 yards on four receptions while Josh Doctson had 46 yards with four receptions and a touchdown.

Sunday’s matchup against Tampa was the last game for the Redskins against the NFC South this season. They finished with wins against Tampa and Carolina and losses to New Orleans and Atlanta.

The road continues to get tough for Washington as they will play host to the Houston Texans (6-3) next Sunday at FedEx Field.

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