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Bucs kick away early chances at win

Call it imagination lost. Byron Leftwich was benched because of his ineffectiveness against the NY GiantsJosh Johnson was called up to use his athletic ability, and that he did, but it wasn't enough in a 16-13 loss to the Redskins.
Johnson ran 7 times for 41 yards, but only a few of his runs did not look as if they were for his life. Meanwhile throwing the ball, J.J. was a pedestrian 13 of 22 for 106 yards; 1 TD and INT each. 

The Bucs took the lead early in the game with a stellar defensive effort that saw Gaines Adams probably play the best game of his career here in Tampa. Being called out by everyone including his coach, Adams got a sack on the second play that set up a 3rd and long in which the Bucs were able to get a turnover and prime real estate in the Red Zone. Johnson hit Antonio Bryant for the early lead and the Bucs weren't done yet. 

Aqib Talib had a couple of interceptions in the first half, and three on the day, but his early ones and Geno Hayes spectacular plays kept the Bucs in Washington territory for most of the first half, but they came away with only 3 points to show for it. Two missed by new Bucs kicker Mike Nugent had Bucs fans longing for Matt Bryant, if not Martin Gramatica! Nugent missed kicks of 48 and 49 yards leaving 6 points shy of a 13-0 lead going into the half. 

After that, The Bucs who had been running well with Cadillac Williams (16 carries 77 yards), seemed to abandon the run in the 3rd quarter as the Redskins took over the momentum with 16 3rd Qtr points. It would have been 17 if not for Ronde Barber blocking an extra point.

Tampa Bay closed the game to within 3 on a late drive with 4 minutes left, going for the FG instead of the touchdown, and hoping for the ball back from their defense. They got it back, but on third and short with two time outs left, RB Clifton Smith fumbled on a draw play that ended the day for the Buccaneers, and left them in last place with an 0-4 record.