ReFo: Buccaneers @ Redskins, Week 11
Heading into this game it seemed like a battle between two teams who had no hope of reaching the postseason but, with a victory on the road in Washington, and the rest of the NFC South all below .500, perhaps it’s too soon to be writing off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ chances of winning the division.
Against Washington they started out strong, taking advantage of some poor play and a couple of unfortunate bounces to build an early lead and, with Robert Griffin III and the rest of the offense failing to offer much for the fans to get excited about, the Buccaneers came out as comfortable winners. Despite the one-sided nature of the score, there were still some performances worth talking about from both sidelines, so let’s dig into which players stood out.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Performances of Note
Mike Evans, WR: +3.9
Breakdown: His career may have started slow but Evans has now produced a career high in receiving yards in each of the past four games. This one will be tough to beat, however, averaging 29.9 yards per catch on his way to a 209-yard, two touchdown performance.
Signature Play: Q4, 14:13 remaining. Taking advantage of finding himself covered one-on-one by linebacker Perry Riley, Evans hauled in the pass on a deep crossing route before racing to the end zone.
Johnthan Banks, CB: +2.4
Breakdown: Banks’ second season in the league didn’t get off to a great start, but he’s turned it around with some impressive performances recently. Here he scored in the first quarter on an interception return and didn’t see much more action come his way, with no receptions allowed all game.
Signature Play: Q1, 4:04 remaining. Though the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage, Banks still did well to bring it in before bursting toward the end zone for the score.
Crezdon Butler, CB: -3.5
Breakdown: While one corner impressed for Tampa Bay, the other struggled, with Butler failing to secure tackles and got beaten deep on a couple of occasions, only for the ball to the receiver to be overthrown. His stat line, with just 28 yards given up, seems impressive, but he was lucky to see that fail to reach three figures with some poor coverage on deep routes.
Signature Stat: His three missed tackles were the most of any player in the game.
Washington Redskins – Performances of Note
Keenan Robinson, LB: +2.9
Breakdown: Robinson found himself unblocked a lot in the game and seemed to take advantage anytime that was the case. Regardless of how he got there, Robinson produced some solid work against the run and added a hit as a pass rusher, while forcing another hurry and a penalty by right tackle Demar Dotson.
Signature Play: Q4, 9:28 remaining. A good example of one of those unblocked plays, with Robinson reading the play well to meet running back Charles Sims in the backfield for the tackle for loss.
Bashaud Breeland, CB: -3.1
Breakdown: With Evans’ big game there was always likely to be a corner who suffered and in this case it was Breeland. Giving up 113 yards total, and 88 to Evans, he was a frequent target for Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown.
Signature Stat: Allowed 4.19 Yards Per Coverage Snap, the second-worst mark of any cornerback this week so far.
Robert Griffin III, QB: -2.3
Breakdown: It was a game where he just never could get into a rhythm, with a few solid plays scattered throughout some poorer ones. Both of his interceptions were unlucky, though the first was tipped by the receiver partly because it was underthrown, but he missed on the shots he took downfield too.
Signature Play: Q1, 9:00 remaining. A good example of his overthrows here, with DeSean Jackson speeding beyond the coverage only for a ball to sail about two yards further than it needed to.
PFF Game Ball
Simply put, he’s been one of the best receivers in the league in recent weeks. Mike Evans put on a show in Washington on Sunday and looks ready to finish the season strong.