Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/28/12

The Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are both looking to bounce back from Week 3 losses.

The Redskins lost a close game at home to a potential playoff team in the Bengals, while the Buccaneers lost a sloppy game on the road against the Cowboys.

Fans in Washington and Tampa Bay entered the season with enthusiasm that their respective franchises would make the playoffs.

For this dream to become a reality, however, these two teams need to play with more consistency.

The Buccaneers finished last season 3-13, an embarrassing record that promised to be motivation for 2012.

It sure was in Week 1, when the revamped Buccaneers came out inspired in front of their home crowd and defeated the Carolina Panthers, 16-10.

And despite loosing the next two weeks, Tampa Bay deserves some additional credit for being competitive in both games, including almost snatching a victory in New York against the Giants in Week 2.

Like the Buccaneers, the Redskins also had a forgetful 2011 season, finishing 5-11. Then the Draft was here, and all of a sudden RG3 was Washington's starting quarterback and people were talking about the playoffs.

The rookie out of Baylor has lived up to the hype thus far, but his team has not. In order for the Redskins to get back on track and end their six-year playoff drought, their 30th ranked defense needs to improve quickly.

With that said, we now take a look at three bold predictions for Sunday's matchup.

1. RG3 will have an excellent day passing.

Through the first three games, the Redskins' quarterback has been superb, especially for a rookie. He has accounted for seven touchdowns, four passing and three rushing, and has proven to be a multi-dimensional weapon.

Given the fact that the Buccaneers are ranked dead last in pass defense, look for RG3 to duplicate his Week 1 performance against New Orleans when he threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns.

I expect the Redskins to throw at least 40 times and abandon the running game, as the Buccaneers have the No. 1 rushing defense in the league.

2. Josh Freeman will air it out for a great game.

Coming off of a performance worth forgetting, Freeman will look to regain his confidence by going up against the 31st ranked pass defense. The Redskins' secondary has already allowed 1,012 yards, and I expect this trend to continue despite the fact that Tampa Bay is ranked 30th in pass offense, averaging only 149 yards per game.

3. Vincent Jackson will have at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.

In Week 2 against the Giants, Jackson hauled in five balls for 128 yards and a score. Acquired in free agency from San Diego, the explosive wideout was brought to Tampa Bay to give the Buccaneers that big-play ability they have been seeking.

After a subpar outing last week against the Cowboys, it would not surprise me to see Jackson have a monster performance and be towards the top of fantasy points for week 4.

Prediction: The Redskins win a high scoring game, 35-31.

 

 



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