The Bucs picked up their second win of the season in dominating fashion. The defense was able to do what Lovie Smith has wanted it to do since Week 1. As we looked deeper into the Bucs victory we saw that the Washington Redskins did a lot of what the Bucs have done all season, and that is shoot themselves in the foot.
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III was part of the problem. He missed receivers, stared down his targets, and was indecisive in the pocket. A portion of his struggles were because of the looks the Bucs' defense gave him but the majority could have been prevented. Griffin's second interception was one.
As you can see below, Griffin immediately turned his eyes to wide receiver Pierre Garcon off the snap. Bucs middle linebacker Mason Foster, who was looking right at Griffin, immediately noticed Washington's quarterback staring down his intended target.
As Griffin releases the ball, Foster was already moving to his right. He was in perfect position to disrupt the play in some way. He did, tipping the pass intended for Garcon and right into the arms of cornerback Johnthan Banks who ran it in for a touchdown.
Griffin also missed opportunities throughout the game which could have prevented at least two sacks. In the following All-22 shot, there was enough time in the pocket for him to hit a streaking receiver down the field in a spot within the Bucs' zone he never saw. He held the ball looking underneath and it resulted in a sack.
Washington's defense also had mental lapses. On Mike Evans' 56-yard touchdown reception, what looked to be a poor design with the linebacker responsible for the rookie receiver was actually poor judgement by Washington safety Ryan Clark.
Clark (in yellow) broke in to cut off the underneath route right off the snap. You can also see where Evans was going to be matched up with Washington's linebacker Perry Riley, Jr. (in red).
Once Evans got up field and quarterback Josh McCown noticed the mismatch with no help over the top, the veteran threw it to his receiver who had nothing but an open field ahead of him for an easy touchdown.
It's been quite some time that we have been able to say that the Buccaneers took advantage of their opponent's mistakes. Good teams tend to do that. And while the Bucs haven't played to that standard all season, perhaps this is a start of things to come.
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