The Buffalo Bills play host to the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon at New Era Stadium in Orchard Park. I’ve been to a lot of football stadiums, and there’s something about the old stadiums that resonate with me. If you’re sitting close to the field at New Era Stadium, it’s like you’re on the bench. The atmosphere is a lot different than the shinier palaces, especially in Buffalo where they have one of the rowdiest fanbases in the NFL. The Bills typically have nice homefield advantage when they’re playing in Buffalo, but they’re heading into Week 9 against the Redskins with a record of 2-2 at home.
One of those losses was against the New England Patriots, so that was basically a given. The Patriots haven’t had any problems going into Buffalo and winning football games. However, their 31-13 loss against the Eagles last week was a huge downer for the Bills. The Eagles were coming off a horrible performance and there appeared to be some tension in the locker room between Carson Wentz and his receivers. It didn’t seem to be the case against the Bills last week, though.
With the loss the Bills fell to 5-2 on the season, so both of their losses have ben at home. They started out at 3-0 to energize a fanbase who are hungry to go back to the playoffs. A win against the Patriots would have set off pandemonium in Buffalo. Nevertheless, it was a solid effort by the Bills who just weren’t able to get the extra play they needed to beat New England. They may not need an extra play to beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon.
The Redskins are in turmoil as they head into Buffalo looking for their second win of the season. It’s more what’s going on off the field than on it. While the Redskins are coming off a 19-9 last Thursday night, the news in Washington is regarding Trent Williams. According to him, he held out because of a cancer scare and the medical staff apparently didn’t treat it seriously.
He says there is a lot of distrust with the staff and organization, so there’s that. When there’s smoke there’s a fire, and I doubt Williams is the only player with the same thoughts. The Redskins have a game to play this week and they didn’t need a distraction going into Buffalo. Head below for our free Redskins vs. Bills pick in Week 9 on Sunday afternoon.
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A year ago you would have never thought that the Redskins be missing Kirk Cousins right now. However, that’s the reality of the situation, as Cousins has looked sharp with the Vikings and the quarterback situation has been a disaster in Washington. There hasn’t been a starter named for Sunday as of Thursday night, but with Case Keenum in concussion protocol, Dwayne Haskins will get his first career start in Buffalo. Keenum will have to feel better and pass a concussion test to get the green light. Either of them isn’t an ideal situation for the ‘Skins.
Keenum has been well off the mark recently. He was on point to open the season and had people feeling confident about him as the starting QB. Keenum threw 5 touchdowns with no interceptions in Week 1 and 2 against the Eagles and Cowboys. A good start for Keenum against two solid teams. Five games later, Keenum has thrown more touchdowns than interceptions in just one game. He went for 2 touchdowns and no interceptions against an equally terrible Dolphins team. In his previous two outings, Keenum has thrown no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Haskins hasn’t made a start, but he’s been in there. He looks raw as ever and needs time to start behind a good quarterback. That isn’t happening with Keenum and Colt McCoy on the roster. Speaking of McCoy, Haskins has been taking first-team reps ahead of him this week. Considering where they drafted Haskins, the Redskins almost are forced to go with Haskins. This is despite the fact that he’s looked clueless on the field. Haskins has thrown no touchdowns with 4 interceptions on 54.4% completions. He has arm, but has shown no ability to read NFL defenses yet.
Going from an RPO offense at Ohio State which is relatively simple against college defenses to a pro-style offense with the Redskins carries a steep learning curve. We have to give the 22-year-old some more time to develop, but the initial look has been ugly. It would be a tall task against the Bills’ defense on the road. Buffalo are 3rd in the NFL with 303.9 yards allowed per game. Their strength has been against the pass with only 194.4 passing yards against.
Following a shoddy performance against the Eagles last week, expect the Bills’ defense to respond against what is likely to be Haskins at quarterback. If Keenum does play this week, it’s going to be without much preparation on the practice field. Leaning on the defense is going to be the plan for Sunday, but it’s difficult to execute it when the defense is 26th in the league with 378.4 yards against per game. Josh Allen is unlikely to ring up the scoreboard with monster numbers, but enough to lead the Bills to a 31-13 or 27-14 win on Sunday in Buffalo.