Warren who? Johnson's four TD passes pace Bucs


LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice waited until
the game started to run right through the Washington Redskins.

Question on the Bucs: Is anyone better than Gruden of making the best out of bad circumstances?
There probably isn't a better coach at motivating a team. Jon is a heckuva coach and did a great job getting his team to focus after last week's tough loss. It's very difficult to get ready after a short week, but he got his team up for this tough game at Washington.

Question on the Redskins: Why is this team having such a hard of protecting Ramsey?
As I said last week, some of the blame falls on QB Patrick Ramsey. The offensive line is giving him good protection, but at times he's holding the ball too long. The 'Skins may want to start going to max protection to allow Ramsey a little more time to check off his receivers.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Rice had a career-high four sacks, Sapp had two while avoiding
any pregame antics, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers broke loose in the
second half to beat Washington 35-13 Sunday.

All eyes were on Sapp before the game, because Washington's
LaVar Arrington objected to Sapp's routine of prancing through the
opposing team's exercise formations. The NFL warned both teams to
avoid pregame hostilities, and Sapp obliged by waiting until the
Redskins had finished stretching before skipping onto the field
about 40 minutes ahead of the kickoff.

"I didn't need to run through their stretch," Sapp said.
"They've got a whole 53-man squad that we were coming after.
That's what we were after -- the game. It wasn't the pregame."

Actually, the defending Super Bowl champions waited a little
longer before they really got going. Down 10-7 at halftime, the
Bucs outgained the mistake-prone Redskins 295-112 the rest of the

"He got the last laugh, for now," said Arrington, who shared a
hug with Sapp after the game. "This is going to turn around, I
promise that."

Bucs quarterback Brad Johnson, returning to Washington for the
first time since his bittersweet departure in 2000, threw four
touchdown passes and completed 22 of 30 passes for 268 yards. And
that was with Joe Jurevicius out injured, and Keyshawn Johnson
playing with a bruised thigh.

The Bucs' QB went 14-for-18 for 205 yards after halftime. Tight
end Will Heller and Keyshawn Johnson caught touchdown passes, and
Derrick Brooks returned an interception 44 yards for a score -- all
in the second half. Keenan McCardell, the Bucs' only healthy
starting receiver, made two incredible over-the-shoulder catches on
touchdown drives and finished with five receptions for 77 yards.

The unlikeliest hero was tight end Todd Yoder, who got wide open
for his first two NFL touchdowns after starter Ken Dilger left in
the first half with a sprained right ankle. Yoder, known more for
his special teams play, also set up another touchdown by dragging
Champ Bailey and David Terrell past the first-down marker on a
third-and-8 deep in Washington territory.

The Buccaneers (3-2) rebounded from a stunning 38-35 Monday
night loss to Indianapolis, when they blew a 21-point lead in the
final four minutes. In this game, Tampa Bay took a 22-point lead
with 6:55 to play.

"I've never been more uncomfortable with a 22-point lead in my
life," coach Jon Gruden said, grinning.

Tampa Bay's six sacks were one fewer than it had in the first
four games combined.

"Once we get the lead, we usually can seal it from that
point," Sapp said. "And we needed to seal it, because we let a
big one out the door" against the Colts.

It was the Redskins' first game this season decided by more than
three points. The penalties that plagued their earlier losses
showed up again. Washington (3-3), which had committed a
league-high 55 penalties entering the game, got flagged nine times
for 72 yards.

On one drive, Washington's penalties allowed Tampa Bay
first-and-goal plays from the 9-, 5- and 1-yard lines. Personal
foul calls on Regan Upshaw and Arrington kept touchdown drives

Washington's Patrick Ramsey completed 21 of 32 passes for 211
yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Redskins QBs have
been sacked 23 times this year.

"Hopefully, we can block a little bit better as we go through
the season," said Redskins coach Steve Spurrier, who didn't have
starting guard Dave Fiore (knee) for the third straight game. "If
not, we are in trouble. I don't think we are doing it well enough
to beat a lot of teams right now."

Game notes
Brad Johnson's nose was black and bruised after the game,
but not broken. ... He has thrown 150 passes without an
interception. ... With Tampa Bay CB Brian Kelly injured, Dwight
Smith moved from safety and started at cornerback. ... Redskins
injuries: RB Trung Canidate (sprained right ankle), CB Fred Smoot
(bruised chest) and TE Robert Royal (right hip). ... Heller's TD
catch was his first in the NFL. ... Washington's Laveranues Coles
caught six passes, making him the first player since the 1970
AFL-NFL merger to catch at least five passes in 19 straight games.
... Rice hit Ramsey from the left side, forced a fumble and
recovered it early in the first quarter. In that one play, he
extended the Bucs' streak to 46 games with at least one sack and
one takeaway.


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