Saturday, October 3, 2009

Week 3 Preview vs the Bucs

The Redskins will try to get back on the win column when they host the 0-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This should be the week the Redskins finally put a solid performance on both sides of the ball. The Bucs will have Josh Johnson making his first NFL start at quarterback and anchor the offense that had under 100 total yards versus the Giants. Also, the Bucs defense had struggled, ranking 31st in total defense.

However, star running back Clinton Portis did not practice again this week due to his calf injury, and he is questionable. If Portis doesn't play, Anthony Alridge will be active, joining running backs Marcus Mason, Ladell Betts, and Rock Cartwright on the roster. On Defense, Albert Haynesworth (strain injury) and Carlos Rogers( sprained ankle) will start also.

Then again, it really doesn't matter who's healthy or not for the Redskins. This is the same team that lost to the Lions. The same defense give up nearly 400 yards of offense, and let Matthew Stafford hang around the pocket for so long. Add that to our inept offense, who scored only zero points in the 1st half, the Redskins have major problems on both sides.

Therefore, it highly possible that the Redskins could lose every game for the rest of the season should they lose to the Bucs. They have issues in right tackle, cornerback, running back, and most importantly coaching. Unless the team wins 3 of 4, it likely that Jim Zorn will be fired, and Greg Blache will take over at the interim basis.

I know that Zorn holds three positions (Offensive Coordinator, QB coach, and Head Coach), but with the media questioning his job security every week, and fans booing at FedEx, it creates a embarrassing situation for owner Daniel Snyder.

Prediction: The Bucs are on rebuilding mode this season, but Josh Johnson has a some mobility. He ran a 4.53 on the 40 yard dash at the combine. So I expect Greg Blache to put pressure on him. If Blache rushes only four, then Johnson will run all over the Redskins defense. However, Johnson is the only hope for the Bucs to be productive on offense, and the defense has been horrendous all season. If the Redskins can play solid on defense, move the ball on offense and score some points, then they will seal the victory.

Redskins 20, Bucs 14

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