September 22, 2020

Washington Redskins vs Buffalo Bills: 5 Takeaways

The Washington Redskins had themselves a day on Sunday afternoon at home against the Buffalo Bills.

It’s been well documented that the Redskins can simplify their playoff picture by winning. And with two of their last three games coming on the road, Sunday’s matchup with the Bills at FedExField was an important victory for Jay Gruden’s club since they have struggled on the road.

But a week after they picked up their first road win of the season at the Chicago Bears, Washington won their second consecutive game for the first time since Weeks 8 and 7 in 2014. Back at .500 for the first time since 2012, the Redskins are doing all they can to reach the playoffs.

And not only are they taking care of business, they’ve been doing it in an impressive manner. Are the Redskins beginning to peak at just the right time? Here are five more takeaways from Sunday’s impressive win. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Week 15 Preview: vs. Buffalo Bills

The Washington Redskins return to home sweet FedEx Field on Sunday to take on the Buffalo Bills, looking to keep their slight lead in the NFC East intact. Washington won a very close contest in Chicago last week, eeking it out by a missed Robbie Gould field goal, 24-21. The Bills were not much help to the Redskins last week, losing at Philadelphia and allowing the Eagles to keep pace in the division.

Buffalo is 6-7 in its first year of the Rex Ryan era, and like the Redskins, they have experienced an up-and-down season. The Bills are the most penalized team in the league with 124 enforced penalties for 1,086 yards. That is a lot of lost yardage. However, they do (sometimes) have the talent to make up for it, with QB Tyrod Taylor, RB LeSean McCoy, and WR Sammy Watkins leading the offense. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins Postgame Quotes and Audio: 30-7 win over Bills

Audio courtesy Sky Kerstein

The Washington Redskins offense was down to the two quarterbacks battling it out for third string Saturday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills, but that mattered little as the team piled up 452 net yards to easily defeat the Bills 30-7 before a half-empty FedEx Field.

Those that did stick around to watch the laugher were entertained by the Skins scoring on the first drive of the game and really, never stopping as they compiled 208 yards rushing and another 244 in passing yards in the effort.

“I was impressed with our football team, especially with two days less preparation time,” head coach Mike Shanahan said after the game. ” For them to come out and play as hard as they did and as well as they did, there was a bunch of positive things. I’ll look forward to looking over the film and trying to come up with the best 53 [man roster] for the Monday night game.”

Rex Grossman and Pat White were both effective running offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense, and the head coach was well pleased with both players.

“I thought they both played very well. Anytime you rotate guys in there like we did, for them to play at the level they did, I was impressed with that.”

When asked about the running game, which was particularly effective against Buffalo’s obviously undermanned defense, Shanahan praised the entire offense’s output.

“I was impressed with our offensive line and our backs. It’s a group effort anytime you run the football and our wide receivers blocked exceptionally well. So it’s a group effort anytime you run the ball and I thought we had a couple of play-action passes off of it as well that set up a couple passes, but it was a good day overall.”

For Shanahan’s complete comments, plus the audio from Grossman, White and several other Redskins players, please click on the links below.

08-24-13 Mike Shanahan Postgame RAW

08-24-13 Alfred Morris Postgame RAW

08-24-13 Chris Thompson Postgame RAW

08-24-13 Josh Wilson Postgame RAW

08-24-13 Pat White Postgame RAW

08-24-13 Rex Grossman Postgame RAW

08-24-13 Roy Helu Jr. Postgame RAW

Skins waltz past Bills in third preseason tilt

LOSE RICHARD CRAWFORD FOR SEASON TO LEFT KNEE INJURY

With both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins on the sidelines for the Washington Redskins’ third preseason game, the quarterbacking duties fell to the two men completing for the third string job: veteran Rex Grossman and newcomer Pat White. Both players did their job Saturday afternoon, leading the Skins (3-0) to a 30-7 win over the Buffalo Bills (2-1) before a half-empty FedEx Field in Landover, MD.

Grossman completed 11-of-21 pass attempts for 171 yards and a touchdown on the first drive of the day, a seven-yard strike to Pierre Garcon that appeared to come on an audible off a running play.

“I felt like I was going to get an obvious second-window throw, I just had to maneuver my arm a little bit to get it around ‘cause normally he’s right where we completed it,” Grossman explained afterward. “When [the defender] was up at the line, I knew there was going to be a blitzer, drop out of leverage kind of, so I faked the run a little bit just to allow Pierre to get open there and get the pass to him.”

White went 7-for-14 for 96 yards and added 26 yards on the ground and a running touchdown, a 14 yard scamper around the left end as he followed his fullback, Darrel Young, on a designed carry all the way to the goal line.

“I’m just excited to have an opportunity to get on the field and compete – whether it’s one rep or 20 reps,” White said after the game. “I’m happy to have this opportunity.”

Head coach Mike Shanahan was impressed with his signal-callers. “I thought they both played very well. Anytime you rotate guys in there like we did, for them to play at the level they did, I was impressed with that.”

Roy Helu, Jr. led the Skins in rushing, with 70 yards on 13 carries. Keiland Wiliams, the fourth-year running back, added 52 yards on eight carries, including a one yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. Chris Thompson, a rookie from Florida State, carried 15 times for 44 yards.

Eleven Skins receivers caught passes, led by Aldrick Robinson, with four catches for 61 yards.

The Skins were pretty much able to move the ball at will against the Bills defense.

“I think it boosts everyone’s confidence,” Grossman said about the Skins offense’s performance. “It’s sports, you know, momentum means everything. I don’t understand it, but it’s in every sport. You know, you start to have success, and it breeds more success, and that’s definitely true in football. Whether you’re running the ball and it opens up play-action, and you kind of get into some rhythm, and I just think everybody feels it, and everyone feeds off each other.”

According to Shanahan, DB/PR Richard Crawford suffered at least damage to the LCL in his left knee, and perhaps damage to the ACL as well, pronouncing the player “gone for the year” in his post-game press conference.

Washington Redskins kick off RGIII era with preseason win over Buffalo

The Robert Griffin III era starts in D.C. (photo courtesy Brian Murphy)

by Elisabeth Meinecke and Dave Nichols

“Practice is a lot harder than the games.”

Not sure that’s a sentiment that Robert Griffin III is going to maintain over a 16-game NFL schedule, but for his first competition against an opponent that was coming at him in anger, it stands up. Griffin completed 4-of-6 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown, a 20-yard catch-and-run to the other off-season prize, wide-out Pierre Garcon, to lead the Washington Redskins over the Buffalo Bills, 7-6, in both team’s preseason openers. [Read more…]

Washington Redskins caught up in “Bountygate” through former coach

On Friday of last week, the Washington Post’s Mark Maske reported that under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams the Washington Redskins had a similar bounty system to the one under investigation in New Orleans. Williams also had a similar system in Buffalo during his time there. Williams’ system rewarded players for hits with “kill shots” (hits that knock a player out of the game) earning a greater dollar amount than other hits.

Former Redskins players Matt Bowen and Phillip Daniels seemed to confirm the policy with their recent statements.

I didn’t think anything of it until a sportswriter friend of mine posted the story on Facebook and called the actions pathetic. Is what the Williams did as a defensive coordinator for the Saints, Redskins and Bills pathetic? Or was he just trying to gain another advantage to give his team a better chance to win games?

At one extreme of the argument is Gregg  Doyel at CBS Sports. He posted a column today calling the acts criminal. He relies partially on his father (a retired judge) to support this notion. Now, my father is a retired physicist not a retired judge so I won’t comment on the criminality of Gregg Williams’ actions. However, I’m not sure the story will reach a conclusion when Williams is escorted to prison.

On the other side of the argument are those who liken football players to gladiators. They say football is a contact sport and these players are taught from a young age to be aggressive. They are taught to hit as hard as they can; to fly around the field and cause havoc. Injuries occur all the time in football and it is the nature of the game.

Let me attempt to find a middle ground here. I think many are bothered that the bounty scheme amounts to “planned” injury or damage. Everyone would acknowledge that the nature of the sport of football (and many others) is planned collision. This human demolition derby ensures that individuals get injured.

Injuries and physical damage occur in football (and in just about any other corner of the world commensurate with the implied risk of the activity). Gregg Williams (and those who aided and abetted him) increased the implied risk of an activity without informing the other parties in the planned collisions thus destroying the integrity of the sport. What players are trained to do is irrelevant because the assumption is that all players are taught the same thing (or similar) and each person walks on to the field with full information regarding those tactics.

I agree that it is pathetic that one human being would pay another human being to injure, maim or indeed end another person’s career. Is it unexpected in a sport such as football? No (see Ryan, Buddy who incidentally Gregg Williams worked for).

Are these people gladiators? Sure, but know that gladiators were not what Hollywood has made them out to be. They were generally shunned or derided and more often than not came from the prison or slave population. And at least gladiators were armed – the literal meaning of gladiator is “swordsman” (thank you three years of high school Latin).

The opponents in games against Gregg Williams’ defenses were not properly armed to fight a fair fight. Roman gladiators had a better chance. Williams and the teams he worked for should be punished with a sentence not yet seen in the NFL.

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