Redskins win final preseason game; Griffin cleared to play

Washington looks strong heading into the regular season. Photo: Robert Griffin III has been cleared to play the season opener/AP

TAMPA, August 30, 2013 — The Redskins walked all over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the Bucs’ home field Thursday night with a 30-12 win. In doing so, Washington proved a few things to the fans. 

First, quarterback Pat White is an excellent player with more tricks up his sleeve than a magician. He will undoubtedly give Rex Grossman a run for his money.  White was 13 for 22 passes, a total of 181 yards, and only one interception.

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Second, there is so much depth at the running back position, cutting will be difficult. While Alfred Morris is again the starter, Evan Royster deserves kudos since he covered more yards and space than anyone else, including 59 yards rushing on 11 carries.   

Finally, tonight’s win was the first time in 27 years that the Redskins have won all of their pre-season games. Whether the team can carry that success over into the regular season remains to be seen.

The win was almost lost in the excitement of Coach Shanahan’s post-game press conference when he announced that after his conversation with Dr. James Andrews, Robert Griffin III will be cleared to play. Although, Dr. Andrews did express a concern for the way Griffin was used last year.

Scoring started early when, on the second play, Pat White passed to Evan Royster for the game’s first touchdown on a 79-yard drive. Royster rushed 59 yards to set up the score. With 11:37 in the 1st quarter, Kai Forbath drilled a 47-yard field goal. Forbath remained perfect in the pre-season. Washington had rushed for 183 yards in the first quarter, while their defense held the Buccaneers to only 19 yards on the ground.

When the second quarter started, Tampa showed it had come to play as Najee Good intercepted Pat White’s pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. The extra point attempt by Derek Dimke managed to hit both uprights and not go through, leaving the score, 17-6. 

A handoff by White to Evan Royster put the Skins in scoring position for a field goal, and Kai Forbath again produced to make the score 20-6.  An Interception by Skins cornerback, David Amerson, with 2:17 to go in the half put the ball on the 10 yard line. Three plays later, Pat White kept the ball and bootlegged to the outside for the touchdown, raising the score to 27-6.

As the half ended, Buccaneer quarterback, Mike Glennon, was sacked in the final seconds allowing the Redskins to go to the locker room with a 27-6 lead. The young rookie seemed to have a rough night, completing just 7 of 17 passes.

The second half began with the Skins’ defense taking over, and Tampa’s Peyton Hillis got the first down, but left with a minor injury and apparently there was no ready replacement. Hillis had been the rushing leader for Tampa Bay with nine carries for a total of 33 yards.

On a third down situation, Tampa kicker Rian Lindell hit between the posts for a field goal, making the score 27-9. The Redskin defense played an outstanding game, holding the opposition to only 142 total yards.

Redskin Jawan Jamison had an excellent running game, with several first downs and showed himself to be a quick starter who simply plows through anybody that happens to be in front of him.

Don Orlovsky took over from Mike Glennon at quarterback for Tampa Bay, and the game seemed to slow down for both sides. With 1:24 in the third quarter, Kai Forbath and his magic foot found the mark again, with a 47-yard field goal, completing his perfect score for the night, and the score stood at 30-9.

As the fourth quarter began, Rian Lindell kicked a 50-yard field goal for Tampa, finally seeing his team get into the double digits at 30-12.

The Redskins seemed to have a problem on third-down conversions, as well as penalties which were also a problem in previous games. Coaches will take this into consideration and clean up the process. Chris Thompson’s 69-yard punt return for a score had to be a highlight for the young man from Florida State, where both his vision and his speed have made him an asset to the Redskins.

Derek Dimke’s last scoring chance for Tampa with 2:24 to go went wide right outside the uprights, and the game ended with the score 30-12. Roster cuts will take the teams from 77 to 55 this Saturday, but Thompson and Keiland Williams probably are not in danger.

As the series of pre-season games concludes, it has to be noted that the color commentary provided by former Redskin great, Joe Theisman, was outstanding, providing as much background on players, stats and situations as a walking encyclopedia.

September 9 will be the first regular season game, against the Philadelphia Eagles at Fed Ex Field.

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Martha Boltz is a frequent contributor  to the long running Civil War features in The Washington Times America At War feature in the print and online editions. She has been a regular contributor to the original Civil War Page and its successor page since 1994, and is a civil war buff, historian, and writer. "Someone said that if we don't learn about the past, we are condemned to repeat it," she said, "and there are lessons of all sorts inherent in this bloody four-year period of our country's history."  She is a member of several heritage and lineage groups, as well as the Montgomery County Civil War Round Table. Her standing invitation is, "come on down - check the blog - send me your comments and let's have fun with its history and maybe learn something at the same time."


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