Washington's fast start too much for Bills to overcome


Location:FedEx Field, Landover, MD

Overall records:Buffalo (6-7), Washington (6-7)


In a Nutshell: **The Bills still had playoff life when they took the field Sunday in Landover, but their first half performance wiped out a chance to post a much needed road win. There wasn't much that went right for Buffalo in a first half that saw them give up touchdowns on Washington's first two drives as the Bills were unable to muster any points of their own until the second half. Their 21-0 halftime deficit proved too much to overcome in a 35-25 loss to Washington.

With the loss the Bills fell to 6-8 on the season, and with the Jets and Chiefs both securing their ninth victories of the season, Buffalo was eliminated from playoff contention.

Buffalo had their chances to climb back into the game, but could not do so until the third quarter when Mike Gillislee ripped off a 60-yard touchdown run and Sammy Watkins followed with a 48-yard touchdown catch two plays later on their next possession. It cut a 25-point deficit to 11 late in the third quarter (28-17), but the Bills could draw no closer until the waning moments when Watkins second touchdown was followed by a Tyrod Taylor two-point conversion.

LeSean McCoy also suffered a right knee injury in the third quarter and did not return.


How it went down: **--Washington marched right down the field on their opening drive, going 84 yards on 10 plays. Jordan Reed capped the drive with a three-yard touchdown catch, his seventh in the last eight games for a 7-0 lead.

--Buffalo's defense couldn't stop Washington on their second possession. Kirk Cousins finished off an 11-play 71-yard drive with an improbable 13-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0 less than three minutes into the second quarter.

--Jordan Reed scored his second touchdown of the game on an 18-yard reception from Cousins, which made it 21 unanswered points for Washington in the first half for a 21-0 halftime lead.

--The Bills put points on the board with nine minutes left in the third quarter when Dan Carpenter put a 32-yard attempt up and through (21-3).

--Twenty seconds later Washington scored on a 77-yard catch and run by DeSean Jackson, who escaped an initial tackle and turned up field for the end zone with eight and a half minutes left in the third quarter (28-3).

--Mike Gillislee ran for his second touchdown in as many games with a 60-yard burst to the end zone midway through the third quarter (28-10).  

--Buffalo climbed back into the game on a 48-yard hook up between Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins for a touchdown. It made it an 11-point game with three minutes left in the third quarter.

--Washington answered with a five-yard fade pass to Pierre Garcon in the end zone for a touchdown to push their lead back to 18 (35-17) with 11 minutes remaining.

--Taylor found Sammy Watkins for a second touchdown pass from 20 yards out to cut the deficit to 10 with 1:34 remaining following a successful two-point conversion by Taylor (35-25).

Subplots:Tyrod Taylor ran for his highest rushing total of the season with 79 yards on nine carries. He went 16-27 passing for 235 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a two-point conversion.

Sammy Watkins posted a 111-yard receiving day with a pair of touchdowns on just five receptions.

Taylor actually rushed for more yards (52) than he passed (27) in the first half. He had eight pass attempts and seven rushing attempts through the first two quarters.

After Corey Graham recovered a muffed punt by Washington, Buffalo was unable to convert on three straight plays from the Washington one-yard line ultimately turning the ball over on downs.

Buffalo's defense gave up 10.7 yards per play in the first half. For the game the figure was

The Bills scored 14 points on three plays in the second half. A 60-yard TD run by Mike Gillislee was followed by a 37-yard catch and run by Nick O'Leary on Buffalo's next possession. Then the next play was Sammy Watkins' 48-yard touchdown.

Inactives:QB Josh Johnson, CB Ron Brooks, LB Nigel Bradham, DE/OLB Max Valles, OT Seantrel Henderson, TE Charles Clay, DE Lavar Edwards.

Up next:The Bills return home to host the Dallas Cowboys at 1 pm Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Photos of the action from Week 15: Bills at Redskins.

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