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Redskins-Buccaneers: Game Notes

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  • The Washington Redskins defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 30-3, in front of 56,555 people at FedExField on Wednesday night.
  • With the win, the Redskins improved to 7-5 all-time against the Buccaneers in preseason games and pushed their preseason winning streak against the Buccaneers to three games.
  • Redskins Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan improved his three-year preseason record with the Redskins to 8-4.
  • Shanahan remains undefeated against the Buccaneers in preseason play, improving his preseason record against the Bucs to 2-0.
  • The win gave the Redskins victories in preseason finales in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1993-94 campaigns. The Redskins defeated the Buccaneers, 29-24, last year in the team's 2011 preseason finale.
  • The Redskins finished the preseason scoring 30 or more points in each of the team's final three games. The Redskins scored 30 points in three consecutive preseason games for the first time since 2002, when the team scored 30-plus in the first four of its five preseason games that season.
  • The Redskins outgained the Buccaneers, 459-160. The Redskins have surpassed 450 yards of offense three times in regular season play in the Mike Shanahan era.
  • The yardage differential included a 228-31 rushing yardage advantage for Washington. Had the effort come during regular season play, the 228 yards would have been the most for the Redskins since the team posted 296 yards against the New York Jets on Nov. 4, 2007.
  • Rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins received the first start of his NFL preseason career. Cousins completed 15-of-27 passes for 222 yards and a passer rating of 67.2.
  • This preseason, Cousins completed 42-of-73 (57 percent) for 560 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
  • Marlon Favorite started at nose tackle and sacked Buccaneers quarterback Brett Ratliff for a four-yard loss on the game's first offensive snap.
  • Fellow nose tackle Delvin Johnson added his second sack of the preseason on the Buccaneers' third drive.
  • Kicker Billy Cundiff, signed by the Redskins on Friday, scored the first points of the game, converting on a 39-yard field goal attempt on the Redskins' first drive. The scoring drive covered 35 yards in seven plays.
  • Cundiff finished the game 3-for-4 on field goal attempts and 3-for-3 on PATs. He converted on field goals of 39, 27, and 22.
  • The Redskins held the Buccaneers to -4 yards and no first downs in the first quarter. In records dating back to 1950, the Redskins have never held an opponent to negative yardage in the first quarter in a regular season game.
  • Cousins completed the Redskins' second-longest play of the preseason early in the second quarter, connecting with wide receiver Anthony Armstong for a 46-yard gain.
  • Evan Royster started at running back and scored the second preseason touchdown of his career with a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
  • The Redskins recorded their second interception of the preseason in the second quarter, as rookie safety Jordan Bernstine intercepted Ratliff.
  • On Tampa Bay's first possession of the second half, cornerback Richard Crawford intercepted Ratliff for his second interception of the preseason. Crawford had an interception in the team's preseason opener at Buffalo.
  • Between Crawford (seventh round, No. 213 overall) and Bernstine (seventh round, No. 217 overall), three of the Redskins' four interceptions this preseason were by seventh-round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.
  • Following Crawford's interception, the Redskins responded with a four-play, 80-yard touchdown drive culminating in the first touchdown run of the preseason for Roy Helu, Jr., a 15-yard score.
  • The drive featured a 47-yard pass completion from Cousins to wide receiver Brandon Banks. The catch is the longest of Banks' preseason career. The only play longer by the Redskins this preseason was a 49-yard touchdown pass by Cousins to Aldrick Robinson at Chicago.
  • Banks added a 43-yard run in the third quarter, the longest of his preseason career.
  • Quarterback Jonathan Crompton made his first appearance as a Redskin in the third quarter.
  • Helu, Jr. scored his second touchdown on the game on a 5-yard run in the third quarter. Helu, Jr. finished with 15 carries for 90 yards (6.0 yards per carry).
  • Linebacker Bryan Kehl led the Redskins with six tackles. He also added three quarterback hits, a sack and an interception.
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