Bucs double up: Williams, Jackson go over 100 yards
A week after coaches and players were grilled about a conservative offensive approach, the Bucs took a markedly different posture Sunday against the Redskins.
Four of their first seven plays from scrimmage were passes, including two first-down throws. And that continued later, when the Bucs made good on their promise to take shots down the field.
Big shots, in fact.
In the third quarter, on a first-and-10 from their own 15, the Bucs aired it out, QB Josh Freeman rifling a shot to Mike Williams for a 65-yard gain. Vincent Jackson later joined in, catching a 54-yard pass over his shoulder early in the fourth quarter. Both plays set up touchdowns and both receivers hit the century mark – Williams finishing with our catches for 115 yards, Jackson six receptions for 100 yards.
“Me and Vincent got a lot of one-on-one matchups, and if teams continue to let us make plays like that, that’s what we’re going to have to do,” Williams said. “We have to beat it. If they play us with 2-high (safeties), then we’re going to have to run the ball. We have the backs to do that, too.”
It marked the first game in which a pair of Bucs receivers had 100 yards receiving or more since Mark Carrier and Lawrence Dawsey accomplished the feat on Sept. 13, 1992 against the Packers.