Smith, starting at right cornerback instead of free safety with Brian Kelly out, finished with seven tackles, an interception and two passes defensed.The two defensive stops in the first quarter allowed the Bucs to overcome their statistical disadvantage and take a lead on the scoreboard with an 85-yard, nine-minute march in the second quarter.
Yoder, who had all of eight receptions in his four-year career entering Sunday’s game, none for touchdowns, caught four passes for 28 yards and two scores.
In addition to his scoring receptions of one and 11 yards, Yoder also set up the Bucs’ third touchdown with a tackle-breaking run on a third-and-eight catch that earned a first down at the Redskin six.
The personal foul on Spires gave Washington a first down at the Bucs’ 39, and the Redskins needed seven plays from there to get it in the end zone.
Ramsey gave Washington the 10-7 lead with a one-yard toss to Darnerian Mc Cants, but the big play was a 22-yard catch-and-run by Rod Gardner after S John Lynch tried unsuccessfully for the interception.
With the victory, the Bucs move to 3-2, while the 4-0 Carolina Panthers were in overtime against the Indianapolis Colts.
They have still not lost consecutive games since Jon Gruden took over as head coach in 2002, going 6-0 after losses, five of those bounce-back wins coming on the road.
As in the fatal overtime period against Indianapolis, the Bucs couldn’t get off the field on third down, allowing five straight third-down conversions in the quarter.
However, Rice ended the first drive with a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery and Brooks forced Washington into a field goal on the second drive with a successful third-down blitz. He sacked Ramsey twice more and former Buc Rob Johnson once, and also got pressure on Ramsey as he threw a deep pass that was intercepted by Dwight Smith near the end of the third quarter.
The Bucs’ offense, growing in confidence each week but badly beaten up at the skill positions, had to prove they could continue their hot streak with a lot of new faces in key roles.
On defense, Pro Bowlers Simeon Rice and Warren Sapp led a six-sack charge, Rice picking up four of them to set a personal high and tie the club’s single-game record.
TE Todd Yoder's first two career touchdown receptions helped a banged-up Bucs offense stay hot in Washington Tampa Bay relied on proven stars on defense (Simeon Rice, Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks) and new heroes on offense (Todd Yoder and Will Heller) to beat Washington, 35-13 Both found what they were looking for Sunday afternoon at Fed Ex Field and the visiting Buccaneers came away with a 35-13 victory over the Washington Redskins that was close until a dominant fourth quarter.