It wasn’t even midway through the second quarter, and already the Washington Redskins trailed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-0 – at home, no less. A 2-5 start seemed all but inevitable.
But then a funny thing happened. The Redskins scored 21 unanswered points, got back in the game and then won it in the fourth quarter, this after Jordan Reed caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins in the final seconds. Washington won, 31-30.
That one probably had to feel good.
“Oh, for sure,” Redskins free safety Dashon Goldson said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “For sure, man. It was definitely a good win for us. A tough one.”
Tampa Bay had more than 200 yards in the first quarter and got a defensive touchdown in the second.
“You know what? Just watching the film, everybody was taking their turn not doing what we were supposed to do,” said Goldson, who had a game-high 14 tackles. “Staying out of our gaps, missing tackles, just not playing the way we know how to play and how we should play. When we do stuff like that, it cost us big time. We fought back.”
Kirk Cousins led the way, going 33-of-40 for 317 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 15 yards and a touchdown. The defense, meanwhile, allowed just six points on two field goals after falling behind 24-0.
“We just told ourselves we need to settle down and just play like we know how to play,” Goldson said. “We made a couple corrections and that was it. It was all on us. We knew what kind of team was coming in. We knew what we had to do to get the W.”
The win was especially nice for the 31-year-old Goldson, who played for Tampa Bay from 2013-14.
“Definitely nothing but love,” Goldson said of the post-game handshakes. “I didn’t see too many coaches. A lot of the players greeted me, a couple of the staff, trainers, a couple of guys I dealt with on a daily basis. But I didn’t get the chance to see too many coaches. But hey, it was all love. I have a lot of respect for those guys, and they have a lot of respect for me. So it goes both ways.”
Washington is now 3-4 on the season. Still under .500, yes, but the Redskins have played tough, even in losses.
“We know what kind of team we have,” Goldson said. “We compete and play with the best of them. We’ve lost a couple of those games that we felt we could have won, but we are sitting at 3-4 now.”
Washington, which has a bye in Week 8, plays the Patriots (6-0) in Foxboro on Nov. 8.