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Instant Analysis: Redskins 24, Bucs 22

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Instant Analysis: Redskins 24, Bucs 22

TAMPAA day that began about as poorly as possible ended far better for the Redskins at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday.

Safety Brandon Meriweather and wide receiver Aldrick Robinson were involved in a violent collision during pregame warmups, dealing the visitors a significant blow before the game had even begun. Meriweather had been expected to make his season debut after missing the first three weeks with a knee injury.

That initial adversity, though, gave way to an uneven performance by the Redskins, who received strong performances from Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris and a clutch kick from shaky Billy Cundiff in the final seconds to secure a 24-22 victory.

The win halted a two-game losing streak for the Redskins (2-2), while the Buccaneers (1-3) lost a third consecutive game.

Cundiff missed from 31, 41 and 57 yards, dropping him to 1 for 5 since the opener. But the veteran was on-target from 41 yards with three seconds remaining.

The Buccanners had battled back from a 21-6 halftime deficit behind Josh Freeman (299 yards passing), Mike Williams (115 yards receiving) and Vincent Jackson (100 yards). They took a 22-21 lead with 1:47 left to play on a 47-yard field goal by Connor Barth.

But the Redskins had just enough time and Cundiff had just enough nerve.

Griffin finished 26 of 35 for 323 yards and rushed for his fourth touchdown of the season, tying him for the Redskins season record for quarterbacks.Morris, meantime, rushed for 113 yards on 21 carries, including a 39-yard touchdown run in the first half.

With the help of a 65-yard completion and a 54-yarder on back-to-back drives, the Buccaneers scored on consecutive drives spanning the third and fourth quarters to trim their deficit to 21-19. They could have pulled even, but Freemans two-point conversion pass fell short.

The Redskins offense stalled on their next two drives and the Buccaneers seized the opportunity, taking a one point lead on Barth's third field goal of the day.

But Cundiff made sure it wasnt enough.

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Redskins preseason finale moved to Wednesday due to inclement weather

Redskins preseason finale moved to Wednesday due to inclement weather

The Redskins and Buccaneers are going to wrap up their preseason earlier than the other 30 teams in the NFL, thanks to some inclement weather that's heading toward Tampa Bay.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the matchup between the two NFC squads has been bumped up a day to try and avoid what looks like a lot of precipitation and winds in Florida, courtesy of Tropical Depression Nine

Washington sent out this tweet in response to the news:

"It has become apparent that the most severe weather associated with Tropical Depression Nine will likely make landfall on Thursday," said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford, according to the Bucs' website. "This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff."

The exhibition finale is slated to start at 8 p.m. Redskins Kickoff will air on CSN at 7 p.m., with Redskins Extra following the matchup. 

Get ready for some Hump Day Football.

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Dustin Hopkins shows no mercy, mashes a home run off helpless kid

Dustin Hopkins shows no mercy, mashes a home run off helpless kid

Earlier this month at training camp, Nick Sundberg complimented Dustin Hopkins' "huge vert" and admired his "great hand-eye coordination" in an effort to publicize that the Redskins kicker is as athletic as they come. Unfortunately, it appears that Sundberg forgot at least one key skill in Hopkins' repertoire: The ability to hit mammoth taters off of helpless little kids.

Check out this gem of a video that the 25-year-old tweeted out on Monday night:

That poor whippersnapper served that pitch up on a platter along with a note that said, "Please annihilate me." Hopkins obliged. That ball is probably still going.

Next time, the youngsters should skip over baseball and propose a game of hide and seek instead. And the pitcher should spearhead that proposal. 

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This Redskins rookie and his girlfriend have the best pregame ritual

This Redskins rookie and his girlfriend have the best pregame ritual

Forget JoJo and Jordan from The Bachelorette. Don't aspire to be Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. And, as tremendous as they were, stop obsessing over Jim and Pam from The Office.

The couple that you should want to emulate, the pairing that is perfect, and the duo that is absolutely, certifiably #GOALS, is Redskins rookie T.J. Thorpe and his girlfriend Kayla Cason. And they have the footage to prove why they're everything you and your significant other should strive to be.

The now viral video, which was filmed on Friday before Washington's 21-16 victory against the Bills, captures a pregame ritual that Thorpe and Cason have participated in since their college days, according to Redskins.com. Prepare to swoon:

"For me it’s something that’s just regular, since I care about her," Thorpe told Jake Kring-Schreifels of the team's website. “For it to do what it did, I was like, 'We can’t be the only people in the world with a handshake.'"

Judging by that moment, despite what he hopes to be a long future at wideout in the NFL, in Cason, Thorpe may have already made his best catch. 

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