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For the first time in his 25 year coaching career, Mike Shanahan coached team was shut out when the Buffalo Bills easily handled the Washington Redskins 23-0 on Sunday. Washington amassed just 178 yards of total offense, rushed for a mere 28 yards, was 4-of-14 on third down conversions, and allowed the Bills to rack up nine sacks by game's end. The Redskins have now scored the third fewest points in the NFC (116), ahead of only Seattle (109) and St. Louis (87) in the conference.
Yet, despite the team's immense struggles offensively, Shanahan does not believe the issue is a matter of play-calling. When asked if he was comfortable with the Redskins play calling duties performed by his son and offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, he responded:
"Yeah, I'm pretty comfortable with the play-calling. I'm heavily involved with the offense."
It is of course hard to establish much of a rhythm offensively when your quarterback is sacked nine times, but through seven games now, the Redskins have only two passing plays of 40 or more yards, the second lowest total in the NFL. They do, however, have 24 passing plays of 20-plus yards, the 11th most in the league. In the run game, the 'Skins are averaging just 3.9 yards per carry (26th). It's no secret that Shanahan's offensive success is typically predicated on a consistent rushing attack, and outside of a few games this year, Washington has been unable to get things going in that department. Perhaps that's why they signed former Cowboys RB Tashard Choice on Monday.
It's not too late for the Redskins to find their identity on offense, but based on what fans have been treated to during the team's three-game losing streak, the problems plaguing the offense may not have an easy fix, be it improved play calling, the Choice signing, or anything else other than better personnel in due time.
There are many issues with the Washington Redskins right now, but if you had to pick one that is the biggest deal, it's the lack of playmakers on offense.
The ugliest moment in a number of game of ugly moments for the Washington Redskins against the Buffalo Bills came midway through the third quarter, when London Fletcher, LaRon Landry, DeAngelo Hall and others got into a sideline argument over blown coverage on a touchdown by Scott Chandler. Afterwards, Landry took the blame, saying the whole thing was his responsibility.
I don't know, you have to ask London about it. All I can say is that it was my fault and I'll take the blame for it," Landry said, via CSN Washington.
After the play, Fletcher was upset because he received no help on the route. He was demonstrative on the field, and the FOX cameras caught the tail end of Fletcher and Landry arguing, with Hall stepping in. Here's a shot of Fletcher on the field.
"You play this game long enough, you're going to be frustrated," Fletcher said, via CSN Washington. "I think everybody's frustrated. We've lost three consecutive games."
Well, that was ugly. The Washington Redskins' season hit a new low on Sunday, as they were shut out, 23-0, by the Buffalo Bills in Toronto. It was the first shutout of coach Mike Shanahan's NFL career and the first shutout for the Redskins since 2009. Fred Jackson rushed for 120 yards and had 74 yards receiving to lead the Bills, and Scott Chandler caught two touchdown passes to provide the scoring.
John Beck and the Redskins' offense was awful, picking up only 178 total yards, with many of those coming on the last drive. Beck himself was sacked nine times, an amazing figure considering the Bills only had four sacks all season. Fred Davis picked up some garbage-time yards, but otherwise, it was a day to forget.
The Redskins now fall to 3-4 and have lost three straight games. This ship be sinking.
The Washington Redskins season appears to be unraveling against the Buffalo Bills. They still trail 20-0 at the end of three quarters, and frustration is boiling over. After Scott Chandler caught his second touchdown of the game, London Fletcher and DeAngelo Hall had a disagreement over coverage and yelled at each other on the sideline.
Offense has been a struggle for the Redskins, as they have only 98 yardsof total offense. Moving the ball has been easy for the Bills. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown for more than 200 yards and running back Fred Jackson has almost eclipsed the century mark on the ground, along with 50 yards receiving.
Redskins quarterback John Beck has been sacked six times. Coming into the game, the Bills team had just four sacks on the season.
Now it's getting ugly for the Redskins. The Bills have taken a 20-0 lead on a 15 yard pas from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Scott Chandler.
The Redskins headed into halftime down 13-0, and needed to get a stop on the Bills opening possession of the second half to stay in the ball game. That did not happen when the defense allowed the score, digging the Redskins in a 20 point deficit that seems nearly impossible to climb out of.
At this point, just about everything has gone wrong for the Redskins. Their defense can't stop the Bills. Their offense is making the Bills look like a top-ten unit.
While there is nearly an entire second half left to play, things already seem hopeless for the Redskins.
We're through one half in Toronto, and it's not a pretty story for the Washington Redskins. The team's offense has been horrendous, and the defense hasn't been much better. Thanks to a couple big plays, the Buffalo Bills only have a 13-0 lead at halftime. It could have been much worse.
The Bills tacked on two Rian Lindell field goals to go along with a first-half touchdown for Scott Chandler. It could have been worse, but London Fletcher intercepted Ryan Fitzpatrick on the goal line to stop a sure Bills scoring drive.
Washington's offense picked up only four yards in the entire second quarter and have only 61 net yards for the entire game. John Beck has struggled, especially after he banged his thumb on a helmet trying to make a throw.
Washington had a chance to get points, as Brian Orakpo was able to recover a Buffalo fumble, setting up the offense inside Buffalo territory.
But of course, as has happened in the last few weeks, the Redskins were unable to capitalize. John Beck was sacked on third and long, making it a longer field goal attempt for Graham Gano, who had his 49 yard attempt blocked by Marcell Dareus.
The Redskins have had a tough time scoring in recent weeks, and if they continue to allow the Bills to put points up on the board, it looks like it could be a tough day for Washington.
The Washington Redskins face an early deficit playing the Buffalo Bills in Toronto. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick found tight end Scott Chandler in the end zone to take a 7-0 lead after one quarter.
Buffalo's offense found little resistance in the first quarter. Running back Fred Jackson has gained more than 30 yards, averaging more than four yards per carry. The Redskins' offense did not have the same success. Quarterback John Beck has been erratic, missing on opportunities to gain big chunks of yardage through the air.
Ryan Torain started for the Redskins but has not found much running room so far. Rookie Leonard Hankerson caught a nice pass from Beck to gain a first down, an encouraging sing for the rookie out of the University of Miami.
The Buffalo Bills have struck first in their NFL Week 8 matchup with the Washington Redskins. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick found tight end Scott Chandler for a 20-yard catch and run, and the Bills lead the Redskins, 7-0, with 5:11 to play in the first quarter. It appeared to be an example of blown coverage by either London Fletcher or Oshiomogho Atogwe.
The two teams struggled on their opening drives, but the Bills were able to score on this second drive. It began with a long pass from Fitzpatrick to wide receiver David Nelson, and it ended with Chandler's touchdown. Brad Smith picked up a key first down on third and short from the Wildcat formation on the play immediately before Chandler's touchdown.
Fantasy owners looking for some direction over which Washington Redskins running back to start this week now have some idea of where they should lean. The starting lineups for the Redskins' game against the Buffalo Bills are out, and Ryan Torain is listed as the starter instead of rookie Roy Helu. Torain will start in the absence of Tim Hightower, who suffered a torn ACL in the Redskins' loss to the Carolina Panthers last weekend.
Torain should be a player one should consider if their starting running back is on a bye. In his only extended time of the season, Torain rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown in a Week 4 win over the St. Louis Rams. Of course, coach Mike Shanahan is notorious for keeping teams off-balanced with his running backs, so Helu is still a potentially worthwhile play even though he is not starting.
The Washington Redskins' inactive list for their Week 8 game against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto is out, and the team received good news on two key members of its secondary. Starting cornerback DeAngelo Hall and free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, who were both listed as questionable leading up to the game, are both active and will play.
Hall missed practice all week with a hip injury, while Atogwe missed last week's 33-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers with a knee injury. Both players will be in to stop Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson and the high-powered Bills' offense.
An examination of the Redskins Week 8 Injury Report below.
The Redskins look to snap a two-game losing streak when they travel to face the Bills. DeAngelo Hall and Oshiomogho Atogwe are listed as questionable.
Part of that increase is undoubtedly due to injuries, which have devastated the Redskins. Leading rusher Tim Hightower is out for the season and top wideout Santana Moss set to miss at least three weeks. An upset against the Bills would go a long way toward restoring some hope in what's been a disappointing season for Washington.
The Bills have the league's No. 3 offense, averaging 31.3 points per game, but have lost two of their last three games, each by just three points. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick owns a passer rating of 95.9 and has thrown 12 touchdowns to just six interceptions, while leading rusher Fred Jackson is averaging 5.7 yards per carry.
The oddsmakers have set the over-under at 46 points. The over may appear to be a safer bet due to the Bills' high-octane offense, but Washington's defense is sneakily stout: at 19.3 points per game allowed, the Redskins own the league's No. 6 defense.
When the Washington Redskins take the field this Sunday, they'll do so against a team that just made its quarterback significantly richer.
The Buffalo Bills and Ryan Fitzpatrick have agreed to terms on a contract extension that will pay the seven-year veteran up to $59 million over six seasons, reports Chris Mortensen of ESPN. Fitzpatrick is guaranteed $24 million of the deal, which calls for him to be paid $33 million in the first three seasons. As SB Nation NFL editor Joel Thorman notes, the deal makes Fitzpatrick the third-highest-paid quarterback in his division, which would appear to make it a bargain.
Fitzpatrick, 28, has completed 66.3 percent of his passes this season, with 12 touchdowns and just six interceptions through six games. At 4-2 and with the league's No. 3 offense, the Bills are among the more pleasantly surprising teams in the NFL.
The Washington Redskins' Week 8 Injury Report for their game against the Buffalo Bills is out, and two key members of the secondary are listed as questionable. Top cornerback DeAngelo Hall and free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe may both be absent, depending on how their injuries heal between now and Sunday.
Hall missed practice earlier in the week with a hip injury, one that developed earlier in the week. Atogwe, meanwhile, has been limited this week since being held out of last week's game against the Carolina Panthers with a knee injury. Both players will be needed against a high-powered Bills offense.
In addition, quarterback Rex Grossman is probable after dealing with illness earlier in the week. Linebacker London Fletcher is officially listed as questionable, but coach Mike Shanahan said he will play barring a setback.
It looks like London Fletcher's hamstring injury will not keep him sidelined for the first time in his NFL career. A report surfaced on Friday morning that he would play for the Washington Redskins against the Buffalo Bills, and now coach Mike Shanahan has all but confirmed that Fletcher is in, according to John Keim of the Washington Examiner:
That means Fletcher's consecutive games streak will likely reach 215. As for Fletcher himself, he was coy when asked whether he would play. Via Chris Russell of ESPN 980.
Just talked to London Fletcher about @JasonLaCanfora report - said "Where did they get that from? Not from me." When asked about what he did today, he put finger to his lips & didn't say. Said he hopes to be able to go.
A trend is developing in the NFL in 2011: teams playing poorly after a bye week. The Buffalo Bills face the Washington Redskins, last week the Bills had a bye. Will it be enough?
The Redskins have been bit by the injury bug as of late, but according to Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network, they won't be without London Fletcher, arguably their most important defensive player, when they face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
That streak is incredibly impressive, especially considering that Fletcher was not drafted coming out of College. I don't have to tell you how important his intensity and leadership, let alone his play on the field, are to the Redskins defense. That is a huge bump for the Redskins to have against the Bills.
The 3-3 Redskins are underdogs to the 4-2 Buffalo Bills in this Sunday afternoon's neutral site game in Toronto...or at least they are according to the group of experts we found online, as only one of the eight picked the Redskins to beat the Bills. Peter King of SI.com was the only one of the experts we found to list a score, a 27-20 victory to the Bills in his opinion.
The Redskins are suffering from injuries and the Bills are riding one of the greatest turnaround seasons in recent memory. The Redskins will be without the services of WR Santana Moss, RB Tim Hightower, and TE Chris Cooley, while the status of CB DeAngelo Hall and LB London Fletcher is also in doubt.
Mark Schlereth, ESPN: Bills
Tedy Bruschi, ESPN: Bills
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Bills
Clark Judge, CBS Sports: Bills
Mike Freeman, CBS Sports: Bills
Dave Richard, CBS Sports: Bills
Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Redskins
Peter King, SI.com: Bills 27-20
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We're just a few short days away from the start of Week 8 in the 2011 NFL season. There is one undefeated left in the league -- the 7-0 Green Bay Packers -- and there are three squads still searching for their first win of the year -- the Miami Dolphins (0-7), St. Louis Rams (0-6) and Indianapolis Colts (0-7). The remaining 28 teams lie somewhere in between, including the Washington Redskins (3-3) who travel to Buffalo on Sunday to face the well-rested Bills (4-2).
Both the Skins and the Bills are losers of two straight, but it's Washington that appears to have fallen out of favor with the betting public. The opening line for the Skins' road test in upstate New York was -4 in Buffalo's favor. That number has since escalated to -7 at 5Dimes, and -6 at Bodog.
Seven points is, of course, one of those key numbers in handicapping. If you think the Skins will bounce back against the Bills, look long and hard for a book that has the line at -7. They will be out there. If you're inclined to take Buffalo at home coming off their bye week, then shop around and find the line at -6. That can be found as well, though it might be more difficult as we enter the weekend, especially considering the rash of injuries that has marred Washington's roster in recent weeks.
For more Redskins news, analysis and fan conversation, head to Hogs Haven.
After a promising 2-0 start to the season, the Washington Redskins enter Week 8 in need of a win in order to avoid falling below .500 for the first time in the 2011 NFL season. The Redskins take to the road this Sunday to play the Buffalo Bills, who are fresh off their bye week and eager to resume their surprising season. They may have to do it without DeAngelo Hall, who missed his second straight practice with a hip injury. Coach Mike Shanahan said he wasn't sure when Hall suffered the injury. Via Redskins PR:
“I’m not really sure if it was from the game, because he felt pretty good on Monday and got a good workout. Tuesday, he felt it flare up. Wednesday, it set him back at practice. So I don’t know if it was a combination of an after effect from the game or if he did something that day.”
Other Redskins to sit out Thursday's practice were Trent Williams (ankle) and Mike Sellers (back), who was taken to the hospital after injuring himself during a lifting session in the weight room. London Fletcher (hamstring), Rex Grossman (pneumonia), Oshiomogho Atogwe (knee), and Phillip Buchanon (neck, knee) were all limited in Thursday's practice, while Reed Doughty, Josh Wilson, Donte' Stallworth were all full go in practice.
For more Redskins coverage leading up to their Week 8 road test in Buffalo, visit Hogs Haven.
Veteran fullback Mike Sellers will remain hospitalized overnight after injuring his back while working out in the Redskins weight room Thursday.
The Washington Redskins head north of the border to Toronto to take on the Buffalo Bills, both teams suffering a rash of injuries. The Redskins have just placed Chris Cooley and Tim Hightower on injured reserve, while the Bills placed Shawne Merriman on IR.
"Well, just the conservation we had with Dr. [James] Andrews, he's the expert in that area and he thought it was in the best interest of Chris to go on IR to give it a little rest, to give time a chance to rehab it [and] not over-push it like he has been doing. And obviously he took the doctor's advice and we agreed with it," head coach Mike Shanahan said about Cooley's injury.
Wide receiver Santana Moss missed practice for the Redskins with his broken hand, which is expected to keep him out of the lineup for three to six weeks. Linebacker London Fletcher missed practice with a hamstring injury while quarterback Rex Grossman was out with an illness. Offensive lineman Trent Williams is still missing time dealing with his high ankle sprain, while cornerback DeAngelo Hall missed with a hip injury
"Any time you break something or you hurt something, you want to come back and give it time to heal. It's a long season. I'm going to deal with it - do what I always do and think positive. Hopefully, something positive comes out of it," Moss said about his hand injury.
Safeties Reed Doughty (chest) and Oshiomogho Atogwe (knee) practice in a limited regard, as did cornerbacks Philip Bucanon (knee/neck), Josh Wilson (hamstring), and Byron Westbrook (hamstring). Wide receiver Donte Stallworth was also limited with a hamstring injury.Buffalo
For the Bils, multiple key players were out today with injury. Offensive tackle Demetrius Bell (shoulder), tackle Chris Hairston (ankle), defensive tackle Kyle Williams (foot), cornerback Aaron Williams (chest), and wide receiver Donald Jones (ankle) all missed practice today.
London Fletcher missed the Washington Redskins' practice on Wednesday due to a pulled hamstring, according to the team. The linebacker initially suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Washington's 33-20 defeat against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and his availability for this Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills is uncertain.
Fletcher ranks No. 2 on the Redskins in tackles (22) and No. 1 in assists (21). In addition, he's defensed four passes, made one interception, and recorded half a sack in his six games this season. Despite his advanced age (36), the two-time Pro Bowler is among the Redskins' top individual defensive players.
Washington (3-3) visits Toronto to take on the Bills (4-2) this Sunday, Oct. 30. Buffalo owns the NFL's No. 3-ranked offense, so having Fletcher healthy is of particular importance in this contest.
After a surprising 2-0 start to the 2011 NFL season, the Washington Redskins have dropped three of four to level their record at 3-3. Washington's most recent loss, a 33-20 road defeat in Carolina, has fans and scribes rethinking whether Mike Shanahan's squad will be able to stay in the hunt for a playoff berth either in the NFC East or as a wild card. They fell multiple spots in everybody's Week 8 NFL Power Rankings
The Redskins look to get back on track this coming Sunday in Buffalo when they face a Bills team that has had two weeks to rest and prepare. The opening line of the Week 8 matchup was -4 in Buffalo's favor, but sharp money has clearly been pouring in on Buffalo. The line has moved a full two points to -6 at both 5Dimes and Bodog, with the payout even being -115 at the latter. The loss of Chris Cooley for the season surely won't convince too many bettors to take a position on Washington this week either. Neither did John Beck's debut performance at starting quarterback. Beck was far from terrible -- he completed 22-of-37 passes for 279 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. But he didn't look like a clear-cut better option than Rex Grossman under center either. We'll see how he fares in his second start, also in hostile enemy territory.
Washington is now 3-3 against the spread, with two of their covers coming on the road away from FedEx Field. Can they get back in the win column or at least keep things interesting at Orchard Park in Buffalo this Sunday? We'll find out this weekend. In the meantime, stay tuned here and at Hogs Haven for news, analysis and discussion about the 'Skins.
The Washington Redskins may have many injuries of their own, but at least they will face an opponent on Sunday that is also dealing with injury woes. The Buffalo Bills will have to play without linebacker Shawne Merriman, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with an Achilles injury. Bills general manager Buddy Nix released the following statement.
Shawne has worked extremely hard, but unfortunately, his Achilles flared back up and it doesn't appear that he will be able to return to the field anytime soon. So we felt it was in the best interest of our team and for Shawne to put him on IR."
Merriman has been in and out of the lineup for the Bills all season, so this does not come as a huge surprise. He wasn't bad when he was in, but he was a far cry from the Pro Bowl player he was in San Diego earlier in his career.
The Redskins will face the surprising Bills in Toronto on Sunday as they look to get back on track after recent struggles.
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