4:15 PM ET, November 13, 2005
4:15 PM ET, November 13, 2005
Washington (5-3) at Tampa Bay (5-3), Sunday 4:15 pm EST
Led by rookie running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams and their defense, the Buccaneers won five of their first six games. But since quarterback Brian Griese suffered a season-ending knee injury, things have taken a drastic turn.
Chris Simms has lost both of his starts, turning the ball over three times in each contest.
Simms threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, and lost a fumble in last week's 34-14 loss to Carolina. The loss dropped the Bucs one game behind Carolina and Atlanta in the NFC South.
However, Simms is not the only member of the offense not getting the job done. After rushing for a rookie-record 434 yards in his first three games, Williams has produced just 62 yards on 35 attempts in his last three contests.
In Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs' second season since returning to the sidelines, the Redskins are tied for second place in the NFC East, one game behind the New York Giants.
Ironically, Gibbs' first game out of retirement came against the Bucs in last season's opener. Clinton Portis rushed for 148 yards, including a 64-yad touchdown on his first carry, to lead the Redskins to a 16-10 victory.
Mark Brunell completed 21-of-29 passes for 224 yards and Portis rushed for 67 yards and a TD as the Redskins posted a 17-10 victory over Philadelphia last week.
Gibbs will be looking for improved play on the road, where the Redskins are just 1-3.
Series: Washington leads, 7-5.
Next week: Washington hosts Oakland, November 20 Tampa Bay visits Atlanta, November 20
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After five wins in six tries, coach Jon Gruden has seen his team implode with consecutive losses, following Brian Griese's season-ending injury versus the Dolphins in Week 6. While the Buccaneers are looking to right the ship, the Redskins simply want to keep the momentum rolling after a huge victory over the Eagles on Sunday night.
The biggest advantage that coach Joe Gibbs' team has in this matchup is a smothering defense capable of exploiting inexperienced QB Chris Simms. If the Buccaneers are unable to establish a more productive running game with Carnell "Cadillac" Williams this week, their chances of winning this game -- and staying competitive in the NFC South -- will be slim
|Avg Points Allowed||20.6||17.3|
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||WSH|
|Rush Yds Allowed||WSH|
|Series tied 2-2|
|Sep 12, 2004||WSH 16, TB 10|
|Oct 12, 2003||WSH 13, TB 35|