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Posted by: on Monday, October 1st, 2012

‘Skins Look to get Back on Track in Tampa

Robert Griffin III made quite a splash in his NFL debut, leading his Washington Redskins to a surprise victory in New Orleans. Since then, though, RG III is finding out life in the NFL isn’t quite that easy all the time.

Washington and its rookie quarterback will go looking for their first victory since Week 1 when they hit Florida for a visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday afternoon (4:25 pm ET, Fox).

Earlier this week on the NFL odds Washington was listed as a three-point underdog vs. Tampa. But as of Thursday afternoon the ‘Skins had been bet down to +2.5 at most outlets.

Also, the total on this game opened at around 49, but had fallen to 47 at many shops.

The Redskins opened this season and the RG III era with that exciting 40-32 victory over the Saints in which Griffin threw for 320 yards and two scores. But the following week Washington got upset at St. Louis 31-28, then last week fell at home to the Cincinnati Bengals 38-31.

So after the great promise of Week 1 Washington is now a game under .500, having allowed 101 points in three games.

Not coincidentally, the Redskins are also 0-2 since losing LB Brian Orakpo and DE Adam Carriker for the season to injuries.

Tampa, meanwhile, like Washington, won its opener but has since lost two straight. The Bucs started off with a minor upset, a 16-10 win over Carolina. But Tampa then blew a fourth-quarter lead and lost at the Giants 41-34, then last week fell at Dallas 16-10.

The Redskins had to place RB Roy Helu on injured reserved this week because of his nagging toe and Achilles injuries. They then signed former Packers RB Ryan Grant to replace him.

These teams last met two seasons ago, up in Landover, the Bucs coming away with a 17-16 victory thanks to Washington botching the snap on the extra point that would have tied the game in the last minute.


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