Bucs Snap Losing Streak With 27-7 Road Win

Bailey Adams, Sports Editor

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers carried a 1-8 record into our nation’s capital on Sunday afternoon looking to snap a five-game losing streak. Washington, who has plenty of their own issues, was looking to rebound from a tough loss in Minnesota last week.

It was Tampa Bay’s day to shine from the first play on. On Washington’s first play from scrimmage, Robert Griffin III’s pass was intercepted by linebacker Danny Lansanah, setting up a 32-yard field goal by Patrick Murray. The early 3-0 lead was a lead that the Buccaneer defense never relinquished, holding the Redskins to just seven points in their 27-7 win.

The lead was extended to 10-0 when Johnthan Banks intercepted a pass and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown. A field goal later, the Buccaneers held a 13-0 lead.

Washington cut into the lead late in the first half with Robert Griffin III’s 30-yard touchdown pass to Roy Helu. That one play proved to be the only dark spot for the Tampa Bay defense as they forced three turnovers and sacked the quarterback six times on the day.

Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans had himself another huge day, catching seven passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. He has now totaled seven touchdown receptions in his last six games. The two touchdowns on Sunday put the Redskins away for good and gave the offense some confidence heading into next week.

Though the Bucs hold just a 2-8 record, they are now only two games behind the NFC South leader. Head coach Lovie Smith leads the team into familiar territory next week when they head to Chicago, where Smith served as the head coach for nine seasons. The game is set to kick off at 1.