The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins are two of many National Football League (NFL) franchises that have been plagued by consistently poor performances and losing seasons for the past several years. These are two clubs that can’t seem to develop into winning programs.
High draft picks, changes in coaching and in “front office management” have done little to turn these teams into winners. So it is not surprising that in the first six weeks of the 2015-2016 Season, nothing has changed. The Bucs, as they are known to their fans, have a mostly young team, a high draft pick starting quarterback and, as usual, a losing record.
In fact, the team from Florida has won just two of the five games it has played. The Washington Redskins have played six games so far and, like their opponent this Sunday, have won just two contests. Of course, because these two squads will square off against one another in the nation’s capital this Sunday, one team will capture its third victory while the other team will continue to be frustrated.
For their part, the Redskins have been putting a solid defense on the field although it was overrun by the New York Jets yesterday. However, Washington’s run defense has been good for the most part and should perform much better against the Buccaneers, a team with a mediocre offensive line and running backs that will have to search hard to find holes and running room.
Offensively, the home team Redskins, under Quarterback Kirk Cousins, have been spotty, both good and bad in the space of a single game. Cousins won the starting job in pre-season even though the Redskins have Robert Griffin III (RG III) on their roster. The high-priced, but frequently hurt Griffin III, has been little more than a spectator this year and will probably have that same role in Sunday’s game even though Cousins has not been very good.
Tampa Bay, while having won just two of five games, seems to be closer to “the light at the end of the tunnel.” The team is young and improving, actually playing better than it did in the 2014-2015 Season. Quarterback Jameis Winston is going to be a very good signal caller, but his learning curve is steep. He still has lots to learn, but this young player clearly has the tools to be a solid performer for years to come.
In truth, it would come as no shock if the Buccaneers upend the home team Redskins early Sunday afternoon. Washington’s defense may dominate, at least in the first half of the game,. But if the home team’s offense struggles and goes “three and out” over and over, it’s likely the defense will tire and crumble late in the second half.
If that is what happens, the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers could easily escape with a victory. And Washington’s Head Coach and fans will be left to wonder how this franchise can improve and become relevant.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report