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Buccaneers matchups

By Compiled by Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 1, 2000

Bucs WR Keyshawn Johnson vs. Redskins DB Deion Sanders

Johnson is trying to rebound from the worst performance of his career while Sanders is Past-His-Primetime. But he proved he can still hurt you with an INT last week vs. the Giants.

Redskins DE Bruce Smith vs. Bucs LT Pete Pierson

This is a mismatch of extreme proportions, even at Smith's advanced age. He is among the league leaders with 5 sacks. Pierson and fellow LT George Hegamin will need some help from the tight end or chipping running backs to account for Smith.

Redskins RB Stephen Davis vs. Bucs LB Derrick Brooks

The Bucs must stop Davis from running all over them. When Tampa Bay allows a rusher to gain at least 90 yards, they are 1-17.

Bucs DT Warren Sapp vs. Redskins C Mark Fischer

Washington's starting center, Cory Raymer, is out for the season but Fischer will get help from guard Keith Sims.

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"I think if there's a lesson to be learned, it's what happens on the football field that counts. That's the most important thing. As long as we keep our mind on that, we'll be fine."

-- Bucs coach Tony Dungy

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