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The Buccaneers lost another game in Week 10, this time against the Washington Redskins. This game was lost because of a lack of efficiency on offense in the red zone. They were unable to turn their red zone trips into points.
Fitzpatrick failed to score a touchdown and was picked off twice. He did end up passing for over 400 yards, however, using nine different receivers. His favorite target in this game was Jacquizz Rodgers—he had 8 catches for 102 yards. Rodgers did lose a costly fumble late in the game when the Bucs were trying to cut Washington’s lead to six points. This fumble pretty much put the game away.
Chandler Catanzaro failed to make all of his field goal tries again. This time he even missed two kicks, one of them from only 30 yards. This is becoming unacceptable, and Catanzaro could easily find himself looking for a new job soon.
Apparently, according to multiple reports, Dirk Koetter took over offensive play-calling from Todd Monken in this game. This was a very questionable move, considering the problem has never been on offense for the Bucs this year. Koetter will certainly have some explaining to do about this decision, especially since the Bucs put up no more than a mere 3 points in this contest.
On a positive note, the defense finally played a solid game, holding the Redskins to only 16 points. Smith had less than 200 yards passing, and Peterson had an average of only 3.6 yards per carry and less than 70 yards on the ground.
This loss puts the season pretty much away for Tampa Bay. In addition to that, the coaching staff should seriously reconsider the quarterback situation after this performance.
Next up is a matchup in New York against the Giants.