Buccaneers 13

(0-4, 0-2 away)

Redskins 16

(2-2, 2-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 4, 2009

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
TB 7 3 0 313
WSH 0 0 16 016

Top Performers

Passing: J. Campbell (WSH) - 170 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 25 CAR, 98 YDS

Receiving: S. Moss (WSH) - 2 REC, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Campbell rallies after miserable 1st half as Redskins drop Bucs to 0-4

Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. -- Within the first two minutes, the Washington Redskins had given up two sacks and lost a fumble.

Pasquarelli: Zorn Flips It

Washington coach Jim Zorn promised to be aggressive all week. After a ho-hum first half, Zorn and the Redskins delivered in the 3rd quarter, writes Len Pasquarelli. Story

They had also allowed a quarterback making his first NFL start to throw for a touchdown on his first pass of the game. By halftime, they were down 10 to a winless team, and Jason Campbell had thrown two interceptions.

Forget all that talk about whether Jim Zorn would last the season. For a while, one had to wonder whether the booing fans would allow the coach, his quarterback and the rest of the team back on the field for the start of the second half.

Spurred by an interception by DeAngelo Hall, the Redskins found some of the energy, life and momentum that had been missing all season. They rallied to score on three straight possessions in the third quarter Sunday and beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-13.

"At halftime, I was like, if we don't pull this one out, I don't know what I'm going to do on Monday," Campbell said. "I might as well hibernate."

Better Late Than Never

Redskins QB Jason Campbell had almost a perfect passer rating in the third quarter to lead three scoring drives. Washington outscored Tampa Bay 16-0 in the third quarter, but Campbell struggled the rest of the game.

Jason Campbell vs. Bucs
3rd Qtr Rest of game
Comp-Att 7-9 5-13
Yards 110 60
TD-Int 2-0 0-3
Passer rtg 157.2 13.8

-- ESPN Stats and Information

It was another narrow win over a bad team, much like the 9-7 ugly result against the St. Louis Rams that felt more like a loss two weeks ago. But Washington (2-2) nevertheless has a .500 record, and that doesn't look so bad in print -- especially after last week's sky-is-falling loss to the Detroit Lions.

"It's a good feeling because of what we had to go though all week, hearing all those things about losing to Detroit and all that stuff," defensive end Phillip Daniels said. "So it's a great feeling just to be 2-2."

The loss left Buccaneers rookie coach Raheem Morris still seeking his first NFL victory, but it's not as if Tampa Bay (0-4) didn't finally have its chance after three double-digit losses to start the season.

Mike Nugent missed two first-half field goals and was 0 for 4 on the season until making a 37-yarder on the final play of the half, and Aqib Talib's three interceptions lose some of their glow because he was beaten down the right sideline on the 59-yard pass from Campbell to Santana Moss that gave the Redskins the lead for good.

"I bet he'd give the other three back for that one," Morris said.

Fast Facts

• Jason Campbell threw three interceptions and has five interceptions on the season. Campbell had only six interceptions all of last season.

• Tampa Bay is 0-4 for the first time since 2006.

• Washington scores all of their 16 points in the third quarter after trailing 10-0 at the half.

• The Bucs were held to just 85 total yards in the second half.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Campbell finished 12 for 22 for 170 yards with two touchdown passes and three interceptions. He claimed it was the first three-interception game of his entire football life -- including Pee-Wee ball.

"It was really frustrating for us all. I started looking at the game plan, wondering: What else could go wrong?" Zorn said. "It was, offensively, like two different halves."

Nimble second-year quarterback Josh Johnson went 13-for-22 for 106 yards with one touchdown and one interception for the Bucs. He also ran seven times for 41 yards.

"The young kid didn't do a bad job at all for it being a hostile environment like this," said Cadillac Williams, who ran for 77 yards on 16 carries. "We can't do nothing but go up from here; we're 0-4. That's how we've got to look at it."

Johnson threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Antonio Bryant just 120 seconds into the game, but that was Tampa Bay's only touchdown. The Redskins, who entered the game last in the NFL in third-down defense, allowed the Bucs to convert just 2-of-13 on Sunday.

"I mean, it was just one of those things: Look, we're at a point in the season where ... we had to stand up," said defensive coordinator Greg Blache, who gave his players an unusually emotional Saturday night speech. "We had to change. We had to draw a line in the dirt."

Publicly, Blache had promised a "riverboat gambler" and "maverick" approach to the defense this week, but he said he didn't blitz or take any more chances than usual.

"Sometimes," he said, "you just make 'em think it. You put the clothes on and look the part."

Game notes

The Redskins had to use place-kicker Shaun Suisham as their punter after Hunter Smith injured his groin on the first punt of the game. Suisham, who hadn't punted since high school, had three punts for a 26.7-yard average. Smith said he's not sure if he'll be able to play next week. ... Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber blocked an extra point. ... Bucs DE Gaines Adams had an impressive stat line: five tackles, one sack, two thrown-for-loss tackles, one quarterback hurry, one deflected pass and one fumble recovery. ... Nugent hit the right upright with his first attempt, a 49-yarder, and was also wide right from 48 yards. "I'm here to do one thing," Nugent said, "and I just clearly and obviously didn't do it today."

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1214
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5560
Total Yards229277
Yards per play4.24.6
Total Drives1312
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-31-1
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

tbTD13:06Antonio Bryant 8 Yard Pass From Josh Johnson (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 10 yds, 0:47
tbFG0:02Mike Nugent 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 60 yds, 4:34
wshFG10:41Shaun Suisham 42 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 18 yds, 3:12
wshTD3:38Chris Cooley 17 Yard Pass From Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham Kick is No Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 69 yds, 5:24
wshTD1:29Santana Moss 59 Yard Pass From Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 59 yds, 0:00
tbFG4:30Mike Nugent 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 48 yds, 7:49