Indeed, putting it all together has been the Redskins' primary issue this season. When the offense has clicked, the defense has not (see: Minnesota). When the defense has gotten stops, the offense failed to finish in the red zone (see: Arizona). And when the offense and defense did enough, they were let down by special teams (see: Philadelphia).
Yesterday we hit on the Bucs' bad quarterback play. That's due in part to the pressure the Bucs' line allows. Left tackle Anthony Collins, who was a reserve/utility lineman for Jay Gruden in Cincinnati the last three years, has allowed just one sack but has give up 10 pressures and 10 hits. He is likely to be one of the more pedestrian left tackles Trent Murphy will face so there's some opportunity for the rookie today. In all Tampa Bay has given up 26 sacks and their sack rate of 7.9 percent ranks 24th in the NFL.
The Washington defense will have to defend a trio of very tall pass catchers. They've been burned by 6-5 veteran wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who caught six passes for 100 yards and a touchdown against them in 2012. They will be seeing rookies WR Mike Evans, who is 6-5 and has five touchdowns, and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who is 6-6, for the first time. The Redskins have a mixed record against big receivers this year. They shut down Dallas' Dez Bryant pretty well but Giants tight end Larry Donnell scored three TD's against Washington.