Redskins win preseason finale

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Josh Harvey-Clemons returned an interception 41 yards for a touchdown and Dustin Hopkins kicked two field goals to help the Washington Redskins finish an unbeaten preseason with a 13-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.

With every starter, and many key backups, sitting out on both sides, the Redskins dominated statistically for much of a game in which neither team was able to get the ball into the end zone until Harvey-Clemons scored with 5:27 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Sputtering offense was a problem for the Bucs all preseason, even with Jameis Winston directing an attack that's expected to be more explosive following the acquisition of receiver DeSean Jackson and drafting of tight end O.J. Howard.

Winston threw for more than 4,000 yards in each of his first two pro seasons, however Tampa Bay had difficulty scoring points while winning just six games two years ago and going 9-7 in 2016, when the team missed the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.

The Bucs' first-team offense worked 14 possessions over three preseason games, producing one touchdown and five field goals.

With backups Ryan Fitzpatrick and Sefo Liufau running the show against the Redskins, there was little for fans in half-empty Raymond James Stadium to cheer about.

Third-stringer Nate Sudfeld started at quarterback and played the entire game for Washington, which outgained the Bucs 194-40 in the opening half.

ODU's Zach Pascal got in the box score with a 22 yard run. He had no receptions on the night.

Fitzpatrick started for Tampa Bay and completed 2 of 7 passes for 6 yards before being replaced by Liufau late in the second quarter.

Liufau, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, rebounded from throwing the interception Harvey-Clemons ran back for Washington's only touchdown by leading a late scoring drive that ended with Bernard Reedy's 10-yard TD catch.
 

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