February 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.

1. Kirk Cousins, I Like That

(via @Sportsnet)

As talk heats up about his coming free agent status, quarterback Kirk Cousins continues to give the Redskins more of a reason to bring him back, whether by franchise tag or long-term contract. With a 319-yard and four-touchdown performance against the Bills, he set a franchise record for the most 300-yard passing performances in a single season. He’s also thrown a touchdown pass in all 14 games this season.

2. Nobody Can Cover Jordan Reed

It’s not a secret that tight end Jordan Reed is a matchup nightmare. But each week we learn that there isn’t a defense in this league that can truly keep him quiet. The third-year tight end hauled in seven passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns, averaging over a first down per catch (12 yards).

3. Questions Still Face The Secondary

As a whole, the Redskins’ defense played well, but the strength of Joe Barry’s unit has certainly been the front seven. In the secondary, they still have areas where they can improve. The Redskins sacked Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor five times. While a couple were coverage sacks, the secondary was beat deep on two touchdowns, both in the second half. And on several other occasions, the Bills had receivers get over the top on Washington’s defensive backs, but Taylor was unable to connect.

4. Sticking With The Running Game

While the yards didn’t come easily, the Redskins persistence with the running game regardless of success did wonders for this offense. They may have not always found success running the football, the fact that they refused to shy away from that aspect of the playbook kept Buffalo’s defense honest. Their persistence paid off and the ground game got going as Alfred Morris and Matt Jones combined for 23 carries and 112 yards.

5. Front Seven Is Strong

Clearly, the strength of the Redskins’ defense is up front. Taylor was sacked five times and save for a 60-yard touchdown run by Mike Gillislee, the Bills’ running game was stifled. At the end of the first half, the Redskins’ defense stood tall on their own one-yard line. They stuffed LeSean McCoy on three straight runs and Taylor sailed the fourth-down pass over the head of receiver Sammy Watkins.

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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