Buccaneers K Mike Nugent missed a pair of field goals during the 16-13 loss to the Redskins.
Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times wonders why the Buccaneers settled for a field goal from the Redskins’ four-yard-line with 4:30 to play.
Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris defended that decision as well as the one to give the ball to RB Clifton Smith, whose fumble with less than a minute to play effectively ended the game.
Buccaneers DE Gaines Adams, who has struggled this season, had a sack and fumble recovery to set up the team’s only touchdown.
QB Josh Johnson’s debut as a starter went well in the first half, but his interception on the first Buccaneers drive of the second half opened the door to the first Redskins points of the day.
QB Jason Campbell turned the ball over four times, but his two third-quarter touchdown passes put the Redskins in position to win the game.
Said Campbell of the Redskins being down 10 at the half, “At halftime I was like, if we don’t pull this one out, I don’t know
what I’m doing Monday. I might
just hibernate. You might not even see me for the rest of the week.”
Redskins RB Clinton Portis made the decision to put him in the lineup pay off with 98 yards rushing on 25 carries.
After P Hunter Smith went down with a groin injury, K Shaun Suisham averaged 26.7 yards on three punts.
Rookie DL Jeremy Jarmon stripped Smth on the final drive, sealing the victory for the Redskins.