The Buffalo Bills are barely alive in the AFC Wild Card race but there is still the possibility that the team makes the postseason. To do so, the team needs to win their final road game of the season against the Washington Redskins. Here’s a look at five predictions for tomorrow’s game between the Bills and Redskins.
Nick O’Leary logs his first touchdown
Buffalo won’t have Charles Clay on Sunday which is a pretty significant loss. With Clay out, O’Leary and Chris Gragg should see a significant rise in snaps. Against Washington, O’Leary will make the most of his opportunity and register his first career touchdown in the red zone.
The Bills are looking for a reliable second tight end and O’Leary can make a good impression on Sunday with his opportunity.
LeSean McCoy continues his streak of 100 yard games
McCoy knows Washington pretty well from his time with the Eagles and he’s had quite a bit of success against the team. In 11 career games against the Redskins, McCoy has gone over 100 total yards eight times. He’s only rushed for 100 yards twice against Washington, with a high of 184 yards rushing in 2013. In 2010, McCoy had over 100 yards receiving against Washington as well.
McCoy has averaged 73 yards rushing and 44 yards receiving in his outings against Washington and he does enough again to go over 100 total yards. If he’s successful, it’ll be his eighth consecutive game this season.
Sammy Watkins goes over 150 yards receiving
Watkins has gone over 100 yards receiving twice this season. He was the first Bills receiver to do this since Eric Moulds in 1998. On Sunday, Watkins goes over 150 yards a third time in 2015.
There’s no telling how the Redskins will cover him, but it’s possible we see a Clemson vs. Clemson matchup. Bashaud Breeland has been on a tear as of late, but if the Redskins put Watkins one-on-one with Breeland, Tyrod Taylor will target the receiver early and often.
The other method would be placing the team’s second best cornerback on Watkins and giving him safety help. That could mean placing Will Blackmon on Watkins. Blackmon has started games as the team’s left cornerback, right cornerback and slot cornerback this season.
Regardless of how the Redskins matchup against Watkins, look for the receiver to continue his high level of play. In the last six weeks, Watkins has 569 yards receiving and five touchdowns. That averages out to about 95 yards per game and close to one touchdown per outing. On Sunday, Watkins continues his high level of play and goes over 150 yards for the third time this season.
The Bills and Redskins find themselves in a shootout
The Redskins have averaged 24.4 points per game at home and the Bills average 23.2 points on the road. On Sunday, both offenses find success on the field and go over 30 points. It’ll be another reminder for Bills fans that the defense needs an overhaul in the offseason.
Final score prediction
The last time I predicted the Bills would lose, the team defeated the Houston Texans 30-21. Bills fans asked me to pick against Buffalo last week but I was confident that the Bills could defeat the Eagles. I’m sorry, Bills fans.
To make this up to the BillsMafia, I’ll take the Redskins to win in a shootout 38-35.