The offensive line was inept to say the least. Third string quarterback Brett Ratliff spent much of his opportunity to start an NFL game on his back. This is especially troubling because Tampa Bay has already lost a Pro Bowl caliber offensive lineman for the season when Davin Joseph tore his knee up last week against the New England Patriots. One of the guys we saw on the o-line last night will be stating in a little over a week against the Carolina Panthers.
When Ratliff did get to throw the ball, receivers Tiquan Underwood and Sammy Stroughter made a few plays. That’s about the only positives we can take from the offense. The running game was non-existent.Underwood had six catches on the night for 82 yards.
”I left it all out there,” said Underwood, who you may remember as the guy who the Patriots cut the day before the Super Bowl last year.
One would look at the score and think the defense played poorly. One would be half right. The defense was put in awful field position because the offense went backwards and the punt coverage team was abysmal. The defense hung in there for a while. They stopped the Redskins offense led by former Michigan State star Kirk Cousins on their first two trips inside the red zone. Billy Cundiff connected on two field goals to give Washington a 6-0 first quarter lead.
But when Cousins connected on a 46 yard pass to Brandon Banks, burning third year cornerback Myron Lewis on the play, the Buccaneer defense could not hold the Redskins back any longer. The rout was on from there.
Undrafted rookie Sean Baker, a defensive back had two interceptions and a fumble recovery for the Buccaneers. Asked if he thought he made an impression, he said ”Hopefully, a good one. I came out since Day One, and I’ve been busting my tail.”
Unfortunately not too many Buccaneers did that on Wednesday night.