The Buccaneers faced off against an opponent they match up well against. It was a Washington Redskins team that beat themselves, something Tampa Bay is all too familiar with. But the Bucs did something they haven't done much and that's win the football game.
The Redskins did a lot of what the Bucs have done -- turn the ball over, break downs on the offensive line, poor play calling, bad quarterback play, etc. Something that the Bucs haven't done much of however, has been capitalize on mistakes. And that is something they did often on Sunday.>
“We definitely tuned into taking the ball away," head coach Lovie Smith said after the game. "If you look around the league, it’s really hard to win without taking the ball away. For our offense to not turn it over – and our defense is playing hard – we will have a chance to win games.”
The Bucs, as Smith stated, did well protecting the football on offense. There were opportunities left out on the field facing a bad Redskins team -- yes, a real bad team. But the Bucs made most of their opportunities when given the chance.
"I’m very pleased with what happened," said quarterback Josh McCown. "I’m happy for our guys because for the last nine weeks we’ve been fighting and not gotten the results that we wanted. So to come up on the road and do that, I’m just very gratified for our locker room, our coaches and the guys that put time in. Everybody that is around this football team. Heck, you guys. You get to write something different. Everybody involved. It’s just better, and I’m grateful for that.”
It is better. We won't know for sure how good this Buccaneers team can be down the stretch but one thing is certain, they did what they were supposed to do. They beat a team that's in worse shape than they are. And that is a start.
For now, we'll remain cautiously optimistic.
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