Redskins third quarter struggles might lessen with Bucs QB Jameis Winston

ASHBURN, Va. -- Notable stats for Sunday's game between the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information):

  • Jameis Winston has completed just 13-of-33 passes to receiver Mike Evans. A little history lesson: Evans finished with 209 yards receiving and two touchdowns in Tampa’s 27-7 win at Washington last season. Winston has completed 20-of-37 throws to receiver Vincent Jackson. Both are good red-zone targets and have the size to hurt teams anywhere.

  • The Redskins don’t blitz much, but they should be aware of this stat: Winston has completed just 52.4 percent of his throws vs. the blitz, with two interceptions and four sacks. But those numbers are largely built on two games. In three games, Winston has completed 13-of-20 passes vs. the blitz (but with two interceptions). In the other two he’s nine-of-22.

  • Winston has attempted only 13 passes that have traveled 20 yards or more in the air (31st in the NFL). He’s completed five of them (three to Jackson).

  • The third quarter has been a problem for the Redskins. But it’s been an issue for Winston as well. His numbers in the third quarter: 15-of-32, one touchdown, two interceptions, 5.20 yards per pass attempt and six sacks.

  • Opposing quarterbacks have a 106.4 passer rating against Tampa Bay (29th in the NFL). The Bucs have faced Drew Brees and Cam Newton, but also rookie Marcus Mariota, Ryan Mallett and Blake Bortles. In a seven-point win over Jacksonville, the Bucs allowed Bortles to throw four touchdown passes and average 9.2 yards per pass attempt. They even sacked him six times, but that didn’t disrupt his game.

  • Doug Martin averages 4.56 yards on his 68 runs between the tackles as the Bucs use a lot of power looks, with a fullback and pulling linemen. This is also where he does his most damage after contact, averaging 2.65 yards (second in the NFL). He’s third in the NFL averaging 2.40 yards after contact on any run. The Redskins rank 17th in allowing yards after contact (1.63).

  • Tampa Bay leads the NFL in fewest receptions by opposing tight ends (13) as well as the combined total of tight ends and running backs (30). The Bucs have allowed 3.88 yards per carry, 14th in the NFL. But that hasn’t stopped teams from running on them. Teams have run the ball 155 times vs. the Bucs, the second most against a team that has played just five games. The league average is 152.

  • Tampa Bay allows 2.05 yards after contact per run, the worst figure in the NFL. That’s good news for Redskins back Alfred Morris, who is averaging a career-low 1.42 yards after contact.

  • The Bucs rank 26th in converting third downs (33.3 percent). They rank 20th defensively (40.0 percent).