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Redskins Start New Era With Impressive 42-17 Win

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Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Donovan McNabb went 5-for-8 with 58 yards and a passing touchdown in his Washington debut as the Redskins clobbered the Buffalo Bills, 42-17, in the preseason opener for both squads.

Rex Grossman tossed two touchdowns on 11-for-18 passing with 140 yards while Keiland Williams had two touchdowns on the ground for the Redskins, who finished last season with a mark of 4-12, last in the NFC East.Devin Thomas had three catches for 64 yards and a score in the win.

Trent Edwards went 6-for-12 with 58 yards and an interception in the start for the Bills, who went 6-10 last season and sat at the bottom of the AFC East. Joique Bell ran for a touchdown while David Nelson caught a score.

Rian Lindell kicked a 38-yard field goal in the first quarter, but Washington scored 21 unanswered points before halftime on an Anthony Armstrong four-yard touchdown catch from McNabb, a Williams two-yard score and a nine-yard catch by Fred Davis from Grossman to take a 21-3 lead into the break.

Washington's Brandon Banks returned a punt 77 yards in the third, while Thomas added a 44-yard touchdown catch to extend the lead to 35-3 in the third.

Nelson caught a five-yard pass from Fitzpatrick, while Bell's 28-yard touchdown run made it a 35-17 game, but Williams added a seven-yard touchdown run later in the fourth to account for the final score.