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6-3, 1st in NFC East

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith said his recent success throwing to receiver Josh Doctson stems from a growing familiarity. Doctson has been targeted 15 times the last three games and caught 12 passes. In his first four games (he missed one), Doctson caught 11 passes on 22 targets. Some of those were throwaways in his direction, but, still he's been more productive. "He's a guy that obviously has incredible ball skills," Smith said. "He's a physical receiver and he's played that way for the last few weeks, really physical. He's a guy that often times when you do play X, you are getting pressed a lot and I think he's done a great job against that against different types of guys, playing physical, playing big and I think [he] made a bunch of big kind of traffic catches the last few weeks."

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Receiver Jamison Crowder's MRI did not show more damage but the ankle is still not 100 percent. Jay Gruden said he thinks Crowder will be back soon but no one knows for sure when that will be.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said left tackle Trent Williams (knee) won't play Sunday vs. Houston and that there's a good chance running back Chris Thompson (ribs) also will miss. Neither player was able to practice today.

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Skins' Swearinger: Texans 'bashed my name'

The D.J. Swearinger revenge tour already includes wins vs. former teams Arizona and Tampa Bay. Those were warm-up acts for what takes place Sunday: a chance to beat the team the Redskins safety said bashed him like no other.

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Barnwell Show: NFC Picture with Will Brinson

Are you an NFC or an AFC person? In this episode, Bill and Will Brinson of CBS share their allegiances and take a look at the NFC playoff picture as it currently stands, including which teams are most likely to prevail in the South (3:55), West (31:02), East (43:30) and North (56:03).

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins intercepted quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick twice Sunday, which was not a surprise to anyone on the defense. They talked about it during the week. Linebacker Zach Brown said after the game, "We know Fitz was going to throw interceptions. He's a gun slinger. With gun slingers you throw interceptions."

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It's not hard to tell that Jonathan Allen played at Alabama. After the Redskins' 16-3 win, he said "still not overly happy with our performance. We gave up [501] yards. If we're gonna get to where we want to go we can't do that. So got to give a lot of credit to Tampa Bay. They missed some opportunities that we gave them. We have to tighten up as a defense....As a defense we want to dominate and we didn't dominate today. Definitely glad we got the win, but a lot of things to clean up."

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Norman: Redskins fans better on road than home

The Redskins had a lot working against them entering Sunday's game at Tampa Bay. But one thing in their favor, according to cornerback Josh Norman, was playing on the road -- and away from a stadium that no longer sells out.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins won a game in which they were outgained by 212 yards -- but they forced three turnovers and didn't commit any themselves. It's why they still lead the NFC East after the 16-3 win over Tampa Bay. The Redskins didn't do anything fancy at all on offense and they relied on Tampa making its usual mistakes. But they deserve credit for having a makeshift offensive line protect quarterback Alex Smith, who did just enough to win. The Redskins have found a formula that works for them: Get the game into a punching contest and win with a tough mindset. It worked today.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' defense appears to have decided that giving up chunk yardage between the 20s is fine as long as they hold Tampa in the red zone. Their corners, aside from Josh Norman, have often played eight to 10 yards off the receiver to not get beat deep. It's worked so far as Tampa only has three points and while the Bucs have a lot of chunk plays the Redskins haven't been beaten deep. They know how dangerous DeSean Jackson is and are willing to give up quick hitches at the expense of game-changing bombs.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' makeshift offensive line has done enough to protect Alex Smith. But both guards -- Jonathan Cooper and Tony Bergstrom -- have had their issues. Cooper has been flagged twice for holding and Bergstrom allowed a couple pressures in the first half. Their struggles have been more in the run game, though, than facing Tampa's four-man rush.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins somehow lead Tampa Bay, 6-3, despite being outgained 279-136 in the first half. The Redskins' defense has stiffened when needed in the red zone, forcing one turnover and benefitting from one missed field goal. A major culprit again today is third down: The Redskins have failed on all four while Tampa is four-for-seven. And if the Redskins can't do a better job on the ground, where Adrian Peterson has rushed for 18 yards on five carries, it'll be difficult to keep the lead. It'll be asking a lot for the defense to continue keeping Tampa out of the end zone.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins need to run well on first down in order to move the ball. But they haven't done so. Running back Adrian Peterson has lost one yard on four of his five first-down carries; the other gained 16 yards. They haven't thrown well on this down most of the year: Alex Smith had completed just 52.6 percent of his first down passes and he went four games without completing a first-down pass for a first down. That streak was snapped in the first quarter. They may need to try it more because the run game is struggling.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Redskins want to win with a makeshift offensive line, they need strong blocking by the tight ends and receivers in the run game. Thus far they've received it from tight end Jeremy Sprinkle and receiver Michael Floyd among others. It's clear the Redskins will be using Sprinkle more today for this reason; he'll need to produce all game.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins' defense has been giving up chunk plays in part because they've been sucked up on play-action and they're giving a lot of cushion with some of their young corners. That means, however, if playing off they must tackle well. But the Redskins have done a good job of creating negative plays, mostly vs. the run and then applying enough pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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The Redskins must be on guard for a heavy dose of first down passes. Tampa quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick likes to throw on first down, but lately that hasn't been as effective. For the season, he owns a 115.6 passer rating and averages 11.2 yards per pass attempt. But in the last four games it's only 7.13 yards per attempt and a 69.0 passer rating, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Team Stats

Passing Yards216.2
Rushing Yards121.2
Points For19.6
Points Against19.4