Of all the football games I have ever seen, this was amongst them.
However, in both instances, the Redskins converted the ensuing 3rd downs and the second of the two instances was on the first touchdown drive. That drive concluded with an outstanding play from Alex Smith. Smith has been antsy in the pocket this season. On this play, he started to leave, before settling back in and scanning the back line. Doctson came open long enough for Smith to fire a rocket for the score. The former first rounder made a contested catch in traffic, proving again he tends to make the difficult routine while his mistakes more frequently come on routine plays.
They made another drive deep into Redskins territory, only to see Fitzpatrick get strip-sacked by Preston Smith. The totals at the end for Tampa: 498 yards, 29 first downs and three points thanks to four turnovers. It’s easy to say “that’s not how you draw it up,” but against the Bucs it somewhat is. You know that they will give you chances. Tampa did. The Redskins took advantage.
"I feel like we play better on the road. I’m not gonna lie. Gosh man. It seems like our true fans, they’re really with us on the road and we feed off of that. When we go into the home stands, it seems like (sigh) an open bubble or something. Like the other team’s turf or something. You hear more of them than you do us. Then, if something bad happens, they sulk. They sit back in their seat and they boo. I don’t know. It started to be this year that we started to see that. It’s kinda crazy because the first couple of years I’ve been here, you would see sellouts and all happy and excited and all for the Redskins, but now you go around see the whole NFC East teams – the Philly’s, the Giants and even Dallas --- they sold out. People in the seats, they’re cheering for their team. Regardless good, bad or indifferent they still showing up each and every week going hard. Even the Giants, when they was 1-6, hell they had a sellout crowd. They was all in there packed still!
"We come back to our home and guys…they just don’t really care. They just boo everything. They’re not really behind us. We don’t really feel that. I’m tired of it. I really am. We can play all our games on the road if you ask me, but at the end of the day the people who are going to be for you, the fans that are really going to have your back? They’ll be there. The other ones, man? It is what it is. Can’t really speak on them. They’re gonna talk about what they’re gonna talk about anyway. They all keyboard warriors anyway.”