“We wanted to get in the no-huddle and spread the ball around a bit,” said Fitzpatrick. “We did not do a very good job executing. It is the first preseason game for us and so we knew there was going to be some sloppy stuff. There was no game plan. We just wanted to go out there and try to get it figured out on the field and we were not real successful.”
“What it was was a great lesson in our lack of discipline at this point,” said head coach Chan Gailey. “We saw where we were there, and the other thing was it was great to see all the pressure. We knew they were going to bring pressure and we’ve got to see how we can handle that because we’re going to get a ton of it when we get to our empty packages and four wide and three wides packages. We’ll learn a lot from it.”
The Bills defense got off to strong start stoning the Redskins’ first two run plays before a third down incompletion led to a three-and-out for Robert Griffin III and Washington’s offense.
Griffin then bobbled a snap on the Redskins’ second possession that was recovered by
“It was frustrating all night,” said Fitzpatrick. We wish we would’ve been more productive and done things better, but you chalk it up to a learning experience and hope everybody comes out healthy and you move on.”
Washington had an immediate response as Griffin hit Pierre Garcon for pass plays of 20, 18 and 20 yards for a touchdown on a receiver screen to stake the Redskins to a 7-3 first half lead.
“We have a long way to go, but I think it went well,” said
For the rest of the half both offenses struggled to move the ball. Buffalo’s punt team did a masterful job of pinning the Redskins deep in their own territory handing them drive starts of their own 12, own four and own one-yard line.
“Overall we played pretty well on special teams,” said Gailey. “I felt we were good there. We had some guys trying to make the football team and they took a good step forward to get that done.”
The Bills offense in turn had good field position including one at the Washington 38 midway through the second quarter.
The Bills however, could not punch the ball over the goal line getting six attempts to do so after a Washington holding penalty gave them a fresh set of downs. Eventually the Bills lined up for a 22-yard field goal, but Lindell mis-hit the ball as it hooked awkwardly wide of the left upright.
In the second half
Early in the fourth quarter however, Young and the offense was able to overcome three penalties on a 15-play drive culminating in a 45-yard field goal by Lindell to pull Buffalo to within a point (7-6), but it would prove to be all the points they could muster.
Buffalo’s second and third offensive units were plagued by penalties as the Bills had a total of 14 for 134 yards in the game.
“It looked ugly, it felt ugly, it was ugly,” said Gailey. “But I think we’ll learn from it and get better from it. We get to go back to work Saturday and that’s what we plan to do.”
The Bills hit the road for their next preseason game in Minnesota where they’ll face the Vikings on Friday Aug. 17 for an 8 pm kickoff.
T.J. Graham made three receptions for 37 yards and looked comfortable in his first NFL game. He was the team’s leading wideout in the game.
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