Bucs fans are rejoicing now that the preseason is finally over. Thank goodness. With practically all of the starters not playing, the Bucs looked lethargic as the Redskins blasted them 30-12 in the preseason finale at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday night. The Bucs finished preseason play with a 1-3 record while the Skins finished at a perfect 4-0.
The Redskins took the ball right down the field on the game’s first possession. Pat White started at quarterback and found former Bucs WR Dezmon Briscoe on a 66-yard catch and run. Johnthan Banks and Sean Baker missed tackles on the play. The Skins punched it in on a 1-yard touchdown run by Evan Royster to make it 7-0 Washington. Former Bucs kicker Kai Forbath put the Skins up 10-0 on a 37-yd FG late in the first quarter. The game was littered with missed tackles by the Bucs defense and special teams.
Bucs suffered a blow in the first quarter when tight end Tom Crabtree was carted off the field with an ankle injury. X-rays were negative and he will be re-evaluated on Friday but he could be out a while. The first quarter ended on a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown by Florida State product Chris Thompson to make it 17-0 Redskins. Rookie Mike Glennon misfired on his first 7 passes and finished the first stanza by completing 1 of 8 passes for just two yards. Oh joy.
Eric Page really helped his own cause on Thursday night. He had a very long kick return in the first quarter wiped out by a holding penalty on Mike James. In the second quarter, Page had a nifty 16-yard punt return to set up the Bucs in Redskins territory. Unfortunately, the Bucs turned it over shortly after when Glennon ran into his own lineman and fumbled the ball. Phillip Merling recovered it for the Skins. That led to a 30-yd FG by Forbath to make it 20-6 Washington late in the second quarter. Glennon then threw a pick to David Amerson, who returned it inside the Bucs’ 10. White took it in from 7 yards out to make it 27-6 Skins at the half. Glennon was 4 of 13 for 13 yards with an INT and a lost fumble in the first half. The Bucs ran 25 plays in the first half for 35 yards. That’s just painful. “It was a rough on offense and that starts with me,” said Glennon after the game. “I have to play better. But the bright spot is that it’s preseason and everything is still a learning experience for me. Even though I didn’t play real well, I’ll learn from this and because of this, I’ll be a better player.”
Glennon did lead a 65-yard drive on 10 plays to open the second half. Glennon had a 25-yard completion to the newest Buccaneer, Jordan Norwood. Glennon also had a 20-yard strike to Page on the drive. Derek Dimke booted a 30-yard FG to make it 27-9 Washington. Glennon finished the night by completing 7 of 16 passes for 63 yards and one INT with a lost fumble as well. Rian Lindell may have sewn up the kicking job with a 50-yd FG in the 4th quarter while Dimke missed an extra point early in the game. Dimke also misfired on a 45-yd FG late in the game.
One week from Sunday, the Bucs open the 2013 regular season when they visit the New York Jets at Metlife Stadium. You can catch that game on 620 WDAE & 95.3FM, your home of the Bucs. Our coverage begins at 9am with the Countdown to Kickoff show.