Tampa Bay, FL - Welcome to the #9 Bowl, no its not named after Sonny but tropical depression #9. I'm Hap Haszard and I'm covering the game from the pressbox, due to the change of schedule, our fearless leader TK could not make it to cover the sidelines.
I arrived at the team hotel around 12:45, and from some of the bands of rain felt I was lucky to have made it that soon, Orlando was totally awash, the rest of the way it was bands of heavy rain then slacking off repeated until I reached the hotel, it was raining and windy when I arrived.
While I was in the hotel lobby waiting for the team to arrive, I got to sit and talk with Jay Gruden's parents, a very delightful couple. The team was scheduled to arrive around 2 pm but it was 3 before they arrived. Once Jay arrived I left since I didn't want to intrude on their reunion.
A shaky out of focus picture of my credentials
Just picked up my credentials
Field well protected
I just located my seat in the press box, I'm in the very first row right at the window, last time I was in row 3 over so far I could barely see the field. Really nice to sit with the big boys. Brian McNally beside me, and the missing TK on the other side.
New Video Board at Raymond James Stadium
ANNOUNCEMENT OF LINEUP CHANGES
TAMPA, Fla. – The following members of the Washington Redskins did not travel with the team and will not play this evening:
- No. 8 QB Kirk Cousins
- No. 11 WR DeSean Jackson
- No. 20 CB Greg Toler
- No. 23 S DeAngelo Hall
- No. 24 CB Josh Norman
- No. 25 RB Chris Thompson
- No. 26 CB Bashaud Breeland
- No. 30 S David Bruton Jr.
- No. 31 RB Matt Jones
- No. 51 LB Will Compton
- No. 54 LB Mason Foster
- No. 61 G Spencer Long
- No. 64 NT Kedric Golston
- No. 71 T Trent Williams
- No. 73 DE Ziggy Hood
- No. 75 G Brandon Scherff
- No. 76 T Morgan Moses
- No. 77 G Shawn Lauvao
- No. 78 C Kory Lichtensteiger
- No. 80 WR Jamison Crowder
- No. 86 TE Jordan Reed
- No. 88 WR Pierre Garçon
- No. 91 LB Ryan Kerrigan
- No. 92 DE Chris Baker
- No. 94 LB Preston Smith
A lot more Redskins are on the field, Mostly seeing Tress Way and Hopkins kicking the ball around couple guys chasing the ball, the rest are playing catch.
Redskins doing passing drills at the moment. Linemen doing drills blocking view of passing drills
Redskins done with drills and warmups headed back to the locker room, Bucs still on the field
A couple of sideline shots
The flaggettes and cheerleaders making a cheering line for the Bucs players coming out from the dressing room
Pardon me I'm standing for the National Anthem
Tampa won the toss elects to kick off
Redskins first series at 25 yl (touchback)
Kelly 2 runs for first down. 2 more plays first down Running game is kicking butt Line giving them big holes
I jinxed them 4th and 1 at 29
Bucs first series 25 yl (touchback)
run gain of 1
run gain of 4
deep pass incomplete
Redskins 2nd series
Big run on first play then they went backwards sack loss of down on penalty
Bucs second series
Pass good, for 1 yd, personal foul Redskins 15 yards
run for 1
fumble on sack loss of 24
Redskins 3rd series
pass complete 3 yards
Run for 3
Bucks 3rd series
run gain of 1
run no gain
end of first Quarter
It appears that our run game is much stronger than the Bucs can handle, our Defense seems to be able to stop their run game fairly easy.
Sudfeld's timing looks off on his passes. Have to see if he settles down in the 2nd Quarter.
Mack Brown 60 yard run for TD
Redskins really working on causing fumbles, going for the ball in gang tackles
Redskins FG 23 yard set up by Ihenichao interception
Looks like for today at least Ross has punt return duties
Mac Brown is getting big chunks of yards on his carries. Making the most of his chances
Bates and Wakefield getting some penetration into the Bucs backfield
just looking at the vast crowd of fans in the stands they actually may have more in the stands than the support people for the game
Rough half time stats not official
Redskins rushing 188 yards TB 11
Redskins passing -1 net yards TB 33
Brown 12 carries for 130 yards
Kelly 11 carries for 58 yards
Tampa on their first series got some moxie and drove to the Redskins 32 before they were stopped, a 50 yard field goal gives the Bucs their first score of the game now 13-3 Redskins
Thorpe took a short pass and was pushed out of bounds 41 yards later.
11 yard run by Kelly then a false start penalty
Kelly is hard to bring down takes more than one person.
TD by Ross
Redskins now at 215 Rushing yards and 60 passing yards.
Sloppy play by both teams ends the 3rd Quarter
Redskins 276 yards total to 69 yards for TB
Redskins 233 yards rushing to 26 for TB
Mac Brown really really wants to play on the 53, he has done everything he can to get there this game. End of the 3rd quarter he had 14 carries for 134 yards with a 9.6 yard average. Wow... Kelly has 16 carries for 99 yards.
The Bucs have a nice series going nice combo of pass and run moving the sticks Bucs 3rd or possibly 2nd string QB look a lot more polished than Sudfeld nice passing game all of a sudden.
- Lousy tackling by Redskins Bucs QB ran around for 5 minutes in backfield 3 Redskins linemen had a shot at him but all missed. I'd tell you who they were but I was laughing so hard I didn't bother looking.
- TB FG, after that nice drive that's all they got.
Just took 4 guys to take down Mac Brown
Bucs another nice drive going, 1:59 sec to go at Redskins 38 off sides penalty give Bucs first down at 33
TD Bucs 20 - 13 Redskins
Bucs onside kick goes out of bounds Redskins ball on 49 yl
2 knees and that is the old ball game folks don't forget your hat on the way out