The Washington Redskins, and former University of Colorado offensive lineman Tyler Polumbus, defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in dramatic fashion Sunday afternoon, 24-22, winning in the final seconds on a Billy Cundiff 41-yard field goal.
Polumbus has been a crucial member of the Redskins offensive line since he joined the team midway through the 2011 campaign. This season, his role has become even more important as he has started every game at right tackle.
The man he is protecting is rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was selected by Washington with the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Griffin threw for 323 yards and completed 74.3 percent of his passes in the win on Sunday.
After allowing six sacks last week, Washington's offensive line put forth a much better performance Sunday as the Buccaneers were only able to take down Griffin twice.
Not only was the pass protection improved, but the running game proved to be a consistent and efficient part of the game plan.
Polumbus and the rest of the 'big uglies' opened up holes for Washington running back Alfred Morris all day as he ran for 113 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown scamper. Griffin also rushed for 43 yards and a touchdown of his own.
Most importantly, though, the 'Skins' offensive line gave Griffin all the time he needed on the final drive to take the team 54 yards and set up the game-winning field goal.
Cundiff had missed three field goals earlier in the game before he drilled his final attempt.
Notable: Last Thursday, Jimmy Smith recorded two tackles and a pass deflection in Baltimore's 23-16 win over Cleveland... Nate Solder and the New England offense produced 580 total yards of offense and six consecutive scoring drives in the second half of their 52-28 victory over Buffalo... Jalil Brown recorded two tackles against San Diego, but his Kansas City Chiefs fell 37-20 to the Chargers.