Antonio Gibson found the end zone from one yard out on the drive as Washington secured its third win of the season. The Buccaneers dropped to 6-3 on the year.
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Taylor Heinicke recorded an 85.2% adjusted completion percentage on the day. Although he had just one big-time throw and one turnover-worthy play to his name, it was about moving the chains in an efficient manner (13 first down completions). He is set to earn his best passing grade of the season, pending final review.
Although Antonio Gibson was largely bottled up by one of the tougher run defenses in the NFL, he showed his ability to register yards after contact (48) and keep the chains moving (five first-down runs).
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Terry McLaurin shrugged off a reported collarbone injury suffered early in the game to post a serviceable 62.1 receiving grade, pending review, behind two explosive plays and five catches from six targets. DeAndre Carter was more productive, tallying two explosive plays, three first-down catches and the Washington Football Team’s only touchdown reception of the game. Ricky Seals-Jones finished with two first-down catches and a pending 61.8 receiving grade from his tight end spot.
Washington allowed 13 total pressures, including two sacks. The unit played a huge part in Heinicke having over three seconds on average to make attempt a pass from the pocket.
While the long-term loss of standout Chase Young will reign supreme, the Football Team’s defensive line held its own against a stout Buccaneer offensive line. Jonathan Allen registered a hit and four hurries while also documenting a stop and tackle for loss in the run game.
Cole Holcomb didn't register a defensive stop and made only one tackle during a 41.8 run-defense performance, pending review.
Although Kendall Fuller got burned by Mike Evans for Tampa Bay’s final offensive score of the day, he registered a forced incompletion, two defensive stops and three total tackles en route to a 79.5 coverage grade on first review.
Tom Brady’s return from the bye was less than stellar. His spotty play coincided with his pending 57.7 passing grade that featured a turnover-worthy play and a big-time throw. Three dropped passes didn’t aid his cause, but Washington did a pretty good job keeping everything in front of Brady in the passing game. That contributed to a season-low 5.2-yard average depth of target.
Leonard Fournette registered 3.8 yards after contact and three rushing first downs on a pending 69.2 rushing grade performance. However, he failed to rip off an explosive run.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
While both of his catches went for explosive plays, Mike Evans was targeted just three times and finished with a 58.5 receiving grade. Chris Godwin was slightly better (65.8 receiving grade), totaling two first-down catches, three forced missed tackles and seven catches overall. Tight end Cameron Brate joined in on the end-zone fun, as his only target was a touchdown catch.
Tampa’s 77.7 pass-blocking grade played a huge part in keeping Brady sackless. However, he wasn’t kept fully upright, as he was hit once and hurried nine times.
Ndamukong Suh registered the team’s only sack of the game and made a defensive stop in an otherwise sub-par performance that will likely net him an overall grade below 60.0.
Devin White tallied six total pressures, including two sacks, from his linebacker spot. He earned a 90.8 pass-rush grade on first review.
Antoine Winfield Jr. was better in run defense (four stops, pending 86.0 run-defense grade) than in coverage (two stops, pending 60.1 coverage grade), but he was the most consistent player in a reeling Buccaneers secondary.