Red­skins (5-3) at Bucs (3-5)

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W...at New Or­leans... 48-40 W ..... Philadel­phia ..... 27-21 L ....... Pitts­burgh ....... 30-27 L ........ atChicago ........ 48-10 Oct. 7 ................ Bye ............... L ........ at At­lanta ........ 34-29 W... Cleve­land... 26-23 (OT) L ...... at Cincin­nati ...... 37-34 L ....... at Carolina ....... 42-28 Nov. 11 ..... Wash­ing­ton ..... 1 Nov. 18 ...at N.Y. Gi­ants ... 1 Nov. 25 ...San Fran­cisco ...1 Dec. 2 ......... Carolina ......... 1 Dec. 9 ..... New Or­leans ..... 1 Dec. 16 .... at Bal­ti­more .... 1 Dec. 23 ........ at Dal­las ........ 1 Dec. 30 ........ At­lanta ......... 1

Sun­day, 1 p.m. ET, Ray­mond James Sta­dium, Tampa, Florida TV: Fox

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Buc­ca­neers by 1

Red­skins’ keys to vic­tory: The blue­print to beat the Bucs is to start quickly on both sides of the ball, forc­ing early mis­takes on de­fense and cap­i­tal­iz­ing with scor­ing drives. If the Red­skins are able to mount a siz­able lead be­hind vet­eran QB Alex Smith, they need to keep their foot on the gas and play for a blowout win. Tampa Bay strug­gled with trick plays and com­plex schemes by Carolina’s of­fense in Week 9, and coach Jay Gru­den should give the Bucs de­fense more of the same.

Buc­ca­neers’ keys to vic­tory: While the Bucs’ pen­chant for dra­matic sec­ond-half come­backs has been en­ter­tain­ing, they wouldn’t be nec­es­sary if Tampa Bay would play at a sim­i­lar level in the first half. QB Ryan Fitz­patrick’s big num­bers will be use­less un­less this team dra­mat­i­cally im­proves its -15 turnover mar­gin (worst in the league).

Matchup to watch: Red­skins TE Jor­dan Reed vs. Buc­ca­neers LB Lavonte David. Tampa Bay his­tor­i­cally strug­gles de­fend­ing play­mak­ing pass-catch­ers at tight end, and Wash­ing­ton has one of the league’s best in Reed even though he’s at less than full strength. David is one of the most ath­letic lineback­ers in the league, but his abil­i­ties will be tested if he’s left in man cov­er­age against Reed, a savvy route run­ner who has fan­tas­tic chem­istry with Smith.

Who wins? Fitz­patrick gives the Bucs a chance to win ev­ery week, and they just might if the de­fense can hold an op­po­nent to a man­age­able points to­tal. But Tampa Bay has proved this sea­son that it’s in­ca­pable of do­ing that.

Red­skins, 38-27

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