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Week 9 Game Recap: Washington Redskins 9, Buffalo Bills 24


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Washington Redskins

Washington was able to control the line of scrimmage today which resulted in an effective run game.  However, due to Dwayne Haskins' limitations they weren't able to sustain some of their drives.  A better passing game would have potentially won them this game.  Getting consistent offensive line play will help this team immensely because most weeks they're getting pushed around.  If Dwayne can show some decent improvement weekly along with the improved line play displayed today they'll have some positive momentum going into the offseason.  

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills improved to 6-2 on the season with a win against Washington at home on Sunday. Buffalo threw only 20 times because of a dominating running game led by Devin Singletary. Singletary had his best game of the season with 140 total yards on 23 touches, well ahead of Frank Gore in touches for the first time this season. John Brown had a good game but missed two deep targets that could have resulted in a 100-yard game while Cole Beasley caught the only receiving touchdown.

Washington Redskins

QB Dwayne Haskins, 51 offensive snaps, Pass: 15 - 22 - 144 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 14 - 0
Dwayne Haskins had a very "game-manager" type of game today.  It was clear the coaching staff made an effort to implement some easy reads and quick throws into the gameplan.  Majority of Dwayne's day was spent handing the ball off, but game-script forced him into more throws.  His longest completion was twenty-two yards but most of the damage was done after the catch.  Dwayne's day could have been better if he would have completed his endzone throw to Paul Richardson.  All three endzone trips ended with field goals.  Maybe he can build off of this performance, but his limitations were clear against a tough Buffalo defense.   

RB Adrian Peterson, 36 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 108 - 0, Rec: 1 - 22 - 0 (1 targets)
Adrian Peterson was the centerpiece to everything Washington did offensively today.  He had over a hundred yards on the ground and added one reception for twenty-two yards as well.  Several drives were ended prematurely, or else Adrian would have had an even bigger day running the football.  He was averaging six yards per carry versus a stout Bills defensive front.  Adrian still has the footwork and acceleration to be an effective runner and it was on display today.    

RB Wendell Smallwood, 18 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 5 - 0, Rec: 2 - -2 - 0 (3 targets)
Wendell Smallwood had two carries and two receptions versus Buffalo.  He didn't make much of a contribution and only came in to relieve Adrian a few plays.

WR Terry McLaurin, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 39 - 0 (6 targets)
Terry McLaurin had four receptions on six targets against Buffalo.  Many of his targets were on shorter routes as the passing game was limited with Dwayne running the offense.  Terry does well after the catch, but his best attribute is his deep speed.  It is unlikely the Redskins will be able to maximize his abilities with Dwayne at quarterback.  The offensively mindset has flipped to "run-first" with the new coaching staff which has also capped his production.

WR Paul Richardson, 24 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 42 - 0 (5 targets)
Paul Richardson tied for a team high, four receptions.  He was able to make a few plays after the catch to showcase his playmaking ability.  Although he is more of a deep threat, Washington has been using him more on shorter pass plays.  Paul was the only receiver to have an endzone target as well.  He couldn't haul it in as this would have made for a bigger stat line.  

WR Steven Sims, 3 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (1 targets)
Steve Sims had minimal impact in this game as he only tallied one catch for twelve yards.

WR Kelvin Harmon, 25 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (2 targets)
Kelvin Harmon was not involved in today's game as he only recorded one reception for six yards.

WR Trey Quinn, 31 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 9 - 0 (3 targets)
Trey Quinn had one catch for nine yards.  There was only a total of fifteen pass attempts in this game so there wasn't much room for a 3rd option to make plays.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0 (1 targets)
Jeremy Sprinkle didn't make much of an impact as he only had one reception.  The passing game was limited and had a snowball effect for all pass catchers.


Buffalo Bills

QB Josh Allen, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 20 - 160 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 8 - 12 - 1
Josh Allen had a solid game against Washington on Sunday. The offense was more run heavy than in prior weeks, which limited Allen to only 20 attempts, but he was efficient, with a box score that should have been better, but included two drops by John Brown and a deep throw to Robert Foster who fell down on the play. Allen was effective in the game and continued to look to throw first when he was moving in the pocket, including big throws to John Brown and a near touchdown to Devin Singletary down the seam on a ball that was barely broken up. Allen had an easy touchdown on a whip route to Cole Beasley on a drive that was dominated by the run game and later converted a goal line sneak on fourth down after Frank Gore failed to convert on three straight carries at the one yard line. Allen did take two bad sacks in the red zone that forced Buffalo to settle for a field goal on the drive and recovered his own fumble on a quarterback keeper. Allen has been less mistake prone in the passing game in recent weeks, but still continues to fumble too frequently. Allen will have a good matchup next week against the Browns.

RB Devin Singletary, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 95 - 1, Rec: 3 - 45 - 0 (4 targets)
For the first time this season, Devin Singletary saw the first carries of the game ahead of Frank Gore and consistently gauged the Washington defense. Buffalo used a lot of pre-snap motion by Isaiah McKenzie which kept the defense off balance and Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll did a good job of getting Singletary room to run on the edge and well-schemed screen plays in the passing game, including a 49-yard reception. Singletary was consistently elusive in the game, showing good speed to the edge and a slippery running style on the interior. He scored a touchdown on a carry near the goal line and Frank Gore failed three times on another drive an indication that Singletary has the potential to gain a bigger role in the offense. He had an opportunity for a massive game, but a deep target on a would be touchdown was broken up. Singletary has the potential for positive game script against Cleveland, Miami and Denver in the next three weeks and this week is a sign the keys to the backfield have officially been turned over to Singletary.

RB Frank Gore, 21 offensive snaps, Rush: 11 - 15 - 0
Frank Gore entered the week consistently starting for the Buffalo offense but exited the game looking like a clear backup behind rookie Devin Singletary. Gore still saw work, including on the first drive of the game, but was the clear secondary option in the backfield behind Singletary. Gore had the opportunity to score at the goal line but was stopped on three straight carries from the one yard line before Josh Allen converted on fourth down. If week nine is an indication of the future, Gore is trending towards a backup role in the offense behind Singletary in the back half of the season.

WR John Brown, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 76 - 0 (7 targets)
John Brown had a solid game against Washington in week nine but missed out on multiple opportunities for a bigger game. Brown was quiet early in the game because of a heavy emphasis on the running game, but saw more action in the second half. He was targeted on the perimeter in the red zone which he caught and was tackled inside the five. Brown also got two other deep targets, mistiming his jump on one and dropping the other. Brown did have an excellent catch along the sideline on a third down scramble drill with Josh Allen that helped Buffalo run out the clock. He continued to be the best receiver on Buffalo, leading the Bills in receiving the past four games, and produced more than 50 receiving yards in every game this season. He will travel to Cleveland next week.

WR Cole Beasley, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 13 - 1 (2 targets)
Cole Beasley had a low volume game against Washington with the offense producing well on the ground and only attempting 20 passes. Beasley caught both his targets, including a whip route near the goal line for a touchdown that salvaged his fantasy day. Beasley still has a strong role in the offense and should rebound in higher passing volume games.