Washington lost more than a game last week and heads into a Week 10 matchup against the reeling Buccaneers with serious concerns on offense.
Both of the Redskins’ starting guards were placed on injured reserve after their blowout loss to the Falcons. Both starting tackles are listed as questionable for Week 10, too.
Wide receiver Paul Richardson was also placed on injured reserve after injuring his shoulder in the game, which won’t make Alex Smith’s job any easier.
Washington was already struggling to get a passing game going. Not only will that be more difficult, but Adrian Peterson and the running game will be hard-pressed to continue their success as well.
Even the Buccaneers defense might be able to take advantage of this turn of events. That despite the fact they haven’t stopped an offense all season.
Four touchdown passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t enough as the Panthers put up 42 points against the worst defense in the league (by points allowed).
The switch from Jameis Winston didn’t completely fix Tampa’s turnover issues. Fitzpatrick threw two interceptions, including a fourth-quarter pick that led to Carolina’s final score and ended hopes of a comeback.
Injuries and notes:
Besides Washington’s offensive line issues, Jamison Crowder, Jordan Reed, and Chris Thompson are all listed on this week’s injury report. The three are officially questionable but expected to play versus Tampa Bay.
The Redskins added free agent tackle Austin Howard and guards Luke Bowanko and Jonathan Cooper. Just putting players in their natural positions could prove difficult this week.
Tampa Bay ruled out rookie rusher Ronald Jones for this week after he pulled a hamstring against the Panthers.
Center Evan Smith and cornerback MJ Stewart were added to the injury report Tuesday, but are expected to play.
Dirk Koetter is still coaching like he believes a few more wins might save his job. But his job probably is contingent on what the Buccaneers decide to do about Jameis Winston.
With Atlanta climbing over Tampa Bay to get back in the playoff hunt, Koetter’s best hope of employment in 2019 is to win enough games with Winston to make the Buccaneers brain trust believe the pair can do better things with a few offseason defensive additions.
Except that’s kind of what they did heading into 2018 and Koetter is sticking with Fitzpatrick against the Redskins.
Jay Gruden’s future was looking brighter when the Redskins were 5-2 and threatening to run away with the NFC East. If he successfully navigates through injuries to keep the Redskins competitive, he is probably safe.
Should the team collapse, however, Gruden’s name will be prevalent on the hot seat reports.
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Who will win the Buccaneers-Redskins game?
Washington took a literal beating in Atlanta last week. It might be too much to ask to expect Washington to put up many points in Week 10.
But… these are the Buccaneers we’re talking about. Tampa Bay has made some pretty average offenses look good this year. But can Washington put up more than Fitzpatrick and his legion of receivers?