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Redskins vs. Buccaneers - History and Stats

Instead of replying to RedskinsGirl (who does a great job with the stats) and adding more info and stats, I figure I'll bring the history between the Redskins and their opponents to my own Fanpost, instead.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have probably been one of the teams that I hate seeing the Redskins play. Mainly because no matter how bad they are, they always seem to play us tough and eek out small victories that we should have picked up.

Since 1977, the Redskins are 9-10-0 against the Buccaneers. The games, much like the record, are historically close. The average score is Bucs 18.2, Redskins 17.5. I had to go to decimals, because it is a tie if you round the numbers. If you disregard the fact that the Redskins won their first four meetings against the Bucs, we're only 5-10 in our last 15 against them.

A lot of losses to Tampa Bay stick very badly with me. Going back to 1994, when we played the Buccaneers twice (remember those days when we'd play non-division teams twice in a season?), we lost two close games to them. First, a 26-21 squeaker in Tampa where Heath Shuler managed to throw two long bombs for TDs. First, an 81-yarder to Desmond Howard, then a 77-yarder to Olanda Truitt. Probably the highlight of Heath's NFL career, really. We let a 4 point 4th quarter lead slip away in that one...didn't help that we only had 10 net rushing yards, either. 2 weeks later, we faced them again and lost 17-14 at RFK, again blowing a 4 point 4th quarter lead.

Lest we forget the games that we lost to the Bucs due to, ahem, "unusual circumstances". Turk-squared comes to mind (NFC Divisional Playoff game in January, 2000). Also, who can forget the game where Mike Alstott was stopped short of the goal line on a 2-point conversion in 2005, yet the conversion was upheld after review. That cost us a chance to win the NFC East that year (had we won one more game that season, we would have won the division).

We've had a couple of good wins against the Bucs. The 2009 16-13 win where we bounced back from a 10-0 halftime deficit comes to mind. However, let's face it, our biggest "blowout" over the Bucs wasn't even a blowout, it was a 10-0 win in 1977...Tampa Bay's 2nd year as a franchise. Even during the Roaring '80s, we were not dominating the Bucs.

To be honest, we're pretty snake-bit against the Buccaneers. I would love to see us turn the corner both on our season and on our track record against the Bucs. Now is as good a time as ever.

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