The Buccaneers had an efficient opening drive, going 70 yards in nine plays.
The only disappointment for Tampa Bay was settling for a red zone field goal. The Bucs stalled after reaching the Washington 11, with Tom Brady throwing an incompletion on third-and-three.
Ryan Succop kicked a 29-yard field goal to give Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead.
The big play came on the Bucs’ second snap.
Mike Evans, who was questionable with a knee injury, caught a 15-yard pass from Brady. Kendall Fuller grabbed the receiver’s facemask before Evans caught the ball, giving the Bucs another 15 yards on the penalty.
Brady went 2-for-5 for 32 yards on the drive. He was not sacked but did get knocked down twice.
Washington went three-and-out on its first possession.