Gameday: Redskins at Bucs

Sunday's game between Tampa Bay and Washington is just hours away. Get ready for the game with Bucsblitz.com's "Bucs Primer," the most complete preview package for the Buccaneers on the Web each week (P-Denotes premium story that can only be accessed with a Bucsblitz.com subscription).

Need to get ready for the game? Look no further than Bucsblitz.com's "Bucs Primer." Along with a game capsule, the Primer also provides links to all of Bucsblitz.com's coverage leading up to the game. So before the capsule, here's a look at our complete package of stories this week:

Monday

Jon Gruden's Monday press conference (P).

Observation Deck: Bucs-Falcons review (P).

Postscripts: June Arrested.

Tuesday

Postscripts: Tuesday update

First Look: Washington Redskins (P)

Film Session: Bucs vs. Falcons (P)

Wednesday

Postscripts: Wednesday update

Don't call Bucs-Redskins a rivalry

Defensive line bringing more pressure (P)

Jon Gruden's Wednesday post-practice transcript (P).

Thursday

This Jason's a pretty scary character (Redskins QB Campbell) (P)

Press Pass: Jovan Haye (P)

Making Gaines: Adms flourishing in starting role (P).

Behind Enemy Lines: Redskins (P).

Postscripts: Thursday update.

Friday

Behind Enemy Lines: Buccaneers (P)

Press Pass: Keenan McCardell (P).

Postscripts: Friday update

Saturday

Observation Deck: Bucs-Redskins Preview (P).

Postscripts: Saturday update.

BucsBlitz.com's Matthew Postins will update readers throughout Sunday's game on the main page at Bucsblitz.com. He'll be at Raymond James Stadium and file updates after every score and at the end of each quarter.

Also, as a premium subscriber, you can now access Matthew Postins' appearances on the Scot Brantley show on WHBO 1470, the ESPN Radio affiliate in Tampa-St. Petersburg. Postins appears with Brantley, a former Buccaneers linebacker, on Tuesday between 3-6 p.m. to talk about the Bucs. His previous can be found in the audio section at Bucsblitz.com.

Washington Redskins (5-5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-4)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1 p.m. EST

SURFACE: Grass

TV: FOX, Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan, Chris Myers

PREDICTION: Bucs 23, Redskins 20 (Matthew Postins).

SERIES: 17th meeting. Series tied 8-8, with the teams splitting playoff games in 1999 and 2005, both in Tampa. The former is the series' most memorable game. It featured a 100-yard kickoff return by Brian Mitchell for Washington's only touchdown, a forward fumble by Shaun King that led to a Tampa Bay touchdown and a bad snap by Dan Turk on a 52-yard game-winning field goal try with 1:11 left as the Bucs hung on to win 14-13 and advance to the NFC title game for the first time in 20 years.

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Redskins are getting encouraging play from QB Jason Campbell, but remain committed to being a run-first team, especially on the road. Washington has averaged just 3.1 yards per carry the past two meetings, but the goal is still to lean on RB Clinton Portis on first and second downs to help keep Campbell from being forced to attack the Tampa-Two out of third-and-long. ... The Bucs have been getting solid production out of Graham, but they continue to live and die with QB Jeff Garcia's decision making and the long ball to WR Joey Galloway. All three of Garcia's interceptions this season came in one game, and you can bet he and Galloway watched plenty of film of the Redskins getting burned for four touchdowns by Terrell Owens last Sunday.

KEY INJURIES: Redskins: FS Sean Taylor (knee sprain) is out. Bucs: RB Michael Pittman (ankle) is doubtful. DE Greg Spires (torn calf muscle) is out.

FAST FACTS: This will be the Redskins' fourth game in Tampa in the past three years. ... Bucs DE Kevin Carter needs 0.5 sacks to reach 100 for his career.

PERSONNEL NEWS

REDSKINS

--RT Todd Wade took limited work on Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday with the left knee he sprained against the Cowboys. He is questionable.

--DT Cornelius Griffin didn't practice for a second straight day because of the foot he injured against the Cowboys.

--WR Santana Moss returned on Thursday after missing Wednesday's workout with his lingering bruised heel. He is probable.

--WR Antwaan Randle El was very limited on Thursday after missing Wednesday with the chest injury he suffered against the Cowboys. He is probable.

--FB Mike Sellers was out on Thursday after leaving Wednesday's practice early when his back locked up. He is doubtful.

--G Pete Kendall returned on Thursday after resting his sore knee and ankle on Wednesday. He is probable.

--MLB London Fletcher took full practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday with bruised ribs suffered in Dallas. He is probable.

--FS Sean Taylor remained out with the sprained right knee he suffered on Nov. 11 against Philadelphia. He is listed as out and will not play on Sunday.

--WR James Thrash remained out with the high ankle sprain he suffered on Nov. 11 against Philadelphia. He is listed as out and will not play on Sunday.

--RB Ladell Betts returned on Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice due to an illness. He is probable.

--G Randy Thomas took limited work for a second straight day after missing more than 10 weeks with a torn left triceps. He is listed as out and will not play on Sunday.

--OT Stephon Heyer missed Thursday's practice due to illness. He is probable.

BUCS

--RB Michael Pittman aggravated his ankle sprain last week at Atlanta and has not practiced this week. He is listed as doubtful and unlikely to play.

--RB Michael Bennett took more reps Thursday at running back with the injury to Michael Pittman and should see action against the Redskins. Bennett was inactive last week at Atlanta for the first time in his career for something other than an injury.

--DE Greg Spires did not practice Thursday due to a calf injury. He is listed as out and will not play.

--FB B.J. Askew aggravated his ankle sprain at Atlanta last week and did not practice Wednesday or Thursday. He is listed as questionable but expected to play.

--RT Jeremy Trueblood (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday and will start against the Redskins. He was not listed on Tampa Bay's injury report on Friday.

--WR Michael Clayton (ankle) practiced Thursday and is expected to play against the Redskins. He is listed as probable.

INSIDE THE CAMPS

REDSKINS

The last three weeks, Washington's slumbering offense has awakened and produced three of its four most productive games in points and yards. The Redskins have also put together two of their top three rushing days of the season and enjoyed a game with their most passing yards and another with their most touchdown passes.

Strangely, the Redskins lost two of the three games and probably would have lost the third if Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery hadn't dropped a sure first down inside the Washington 30-yard line in overtime.

What's also amazing about the offensive renaissance is that it has happened when the Redskins are beat up on that side of the ball.

Receiver Santana Moss, who bruised a heel against the Jets, missed the next week against Philadelphia only to have replacement James Thrash suffer a high ankle sprain. Three days later, receiver Brandon Lloyd incurred a season-ending broken collarbone. Moss returned in Dallas only to have fellow receiver Antwaan Randle El suffer a chest injury that might keep him out Sunday at Tampa Bay.

And that's just the receivers. Right tackle Todd Wade sprained his left knee against the Cowboys and is questionable for the Bucs. Stephon Heyer, who replaced Wade in Dallas, was out Thursday with an illness as No. 2 running back Ladell Betts had been on Wednesday.

And for good measure, fullback Mike Sellers -- who along with tight end Chris Cooley are the only offensive starters to be healthy at the start and end of every game since the start of preseason -- was out on Thursday after his back locked up during Wednesday's practice.

With Sellers hurting, the Redskins brought 37-year-old Brian Kozlowski in for a workout. If Sellers doesn't recover and Kozlowski signs, it will be the second straight November and the fourth straight year overall that the veteran tight end has signed with Washington.

Would that make it a sign of the times for an offense that has already lost 20 starts to injuries (nine by right tackle Jon Jansen, eight by right guard Randy Thomas and two by Moss)?

BUCS

The Bucs coach should've won a replay challenge in last Sunday's game at Atlanta, according to NFL supervisor of officials Mike Pereira.

On the play, linebacker Cato June forced a fumble by Falcons receiver Roddy White. Bucs cornerback Brian Kelly recovered and, as he was being tackled, pitched the ball to June, who fumbled the ball away to the Falcons.

Referee Walt Coleman should've reviewed the whole play but determined that the Bucs were only seeking a ruling on whether Kelly was down before pitching to June. Replay showed that June was down by contact before losing the football.

"He can challenge any portion of that play," Pereira said. "It is our responsibility after that to review the whole play and even elements that he doesn't challenge. So really (Bucs coach Jon) Gruden is right ... Tampa Bay should have had that ball at the end of the play."

Gruden felt vindicated on Thursday -- not that he ever had any doubt.

"We were right on the instant replay," Gruden said. "Review the play, that's what you're supposed to do. That's the rules. That's what they tell us. I don't know why there's any question and obviously now, there is no question if the head of the officiating says so.

"It's unfortunate because my challenge record is tarnished now. So put an asterisk next to that for all the stat people out there."


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