Bills put out the Skins, 24-7

Steve Spurrier and his Washington Redskins came into Buffalo as only a 3 point underdog. With the Bills coming off a 27 point beating by the lowly Jets the previous week things did not look good. The Redskins themselves had been erratic, but Patrick Ramsey had become a prime passer and Spurrier had even built trust in the running game. But, somehow the skies opened up, and the Bills from the first two weeks of the season showed up, this time with a running game.

The Bills offensive philosphy had changed today. Instead of lunging the ball aimlessly downfield as in previous weeks, without pro-bowl WR Eric Moulds the Bills pass-first offense looked at the running game finally, riding Travis Henry to the victory. They calmly worked on the Washington defense for long drives, giving their defense plenty of rest. The Bills had the ball 36:55, while the Redskins had the ball for 23:05.

Buffalo opened up the game with an 11 play drive that resulted in a 20 yard field goal by Rian Lindell in the 1st quarter. Travis Henry carried the ball all day, ending up with 167 yards on 31 carries. In the 2nd quarter he added to the Bills lead, scoring from 4 yards out after a 6 play drive. The Bills took the 10-0 lead into halftime.

In the 3rd quarter, quarterback Patrick Ramsey and the Redskins showed some rebound when they put together a 12 play drive. Ramsey hit Rod Gardner for a 25 yard touchdown that put Washington within 3 points.

But on the following drive, rather than panic and go back to the pass first and punt three plays later offense, the Bills went back to the run. With Bledsoe working a lot of play action to perfection. Drew Bledsoe capped the drive off with a throw to Josh Reed for a 10 yard touchdown catch. Reed was on fire against the Redskins, catching 8 passes for 109 yards, including his 10 yard score. Unlike the previous weeks, he didn't drop a single pass.

Bledsoe did throw an interception to David Terrell, and fumbled the ball once, but he finished the day completing 19 of 26 for 244 yards and 1 TD. Travis Henry helped the Bills wrap up the game in the 4th quarter, scoring on a 14 yard run, his 2nd TD of the day. The Bills took the 24 - 7 score to the final whistle, showing the fans their first commanding win since week two and racking up 432 total yards in offense in the process, including 196 yards rushing, after coming into the game averaging less than 60 yards per game and with statistically the worst offense in the NFL.

The Buffalo defense did their part as well, holding the Redskins to just 7 points. Antoine Winfield came in 2nd with tackles against Washington, he had 5. The leading tackler was linebacker London Fletcher, who finished with 6. Jeff Posey and Aaron Schobel each had a sack, Schobel also knocked Washington quarterback Patrick Ramsey out of the game in the 4th quarter. The defense only gave up 169 yards to the Redskins. Both teams racked up 9 penalties each.

Bruce Smith did not break the sack record against Buffalo, he didn't even record a tackle let alone a sack.

Rob Johnson filled in for Patrick Ramsey in the 4th quarter. Johnson completed only 1 pass for 4 yards and was sacked once to the cheers of the Bills fans.

The win puts the Bills at 4-3 and back in the AFC East race for first place.

Next Sunday night the Bills will face the (6-0) Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs will take on the (2-4) Oakland Raiders tomorrow night in Oakland.

BOX SCORE AND STATS


NFL   FINAL                1ST  2ND  3RD  4TH  TOTAL
                           ---  ---  ---  ---  -----
      WASHINGTON             0    0    7    0    7
      BUFFALO                3    7    7    7   24     FINAL

SCORING SUMMARY

1ST QUARTER: 

 6:56 BUF - FG, RIAN LINDELL 20 YD. 
      Drive: 11 plays, 68 yards in 6:56. 
      Key plays: Bledsoe 12-yard pass to Reed to Washington 46;  Bledsoe
 
      17-yard pass to Reed to Washington 20. BUFFALO 3-0.

2ND QUARTER: 

11:48 BUF - TD, TRAVIS HENRY 4 YD RUN (RIAN LINDELL KICK). 
      Drive: 6 plays, 59 yards in 3:12. 
      Key plays: Bledsoe 16-yard pass to Gash to Washington 33; Bledsoe 
      13-yard pass to Washington 20; Bledsoe 13-yard pass to Henry on 
3rd-and-18
      to Washington 9. BUFFALO 10-0.

3RD QUARTER: 

 5:48 WAS - TD, ROD GARDNER 25 YD PASS FROM PATRICK RAMSEY (JOHN HALL 
KICK). 
      Drive: 12 plays, 76 yards in 5:48. 
      Key plays: 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on Redskins' 
Williams
      to Washington 39; Ramsey 3-yard pass to Morton on 3rd-and-3 to 
Buffalo 35.
      BUFFALO 10-7.
 9:24 BUF - TD, JOSH REED 10 YD PASS FROM DREW BLEDSOE (RIAN LINDELL 
KICK). 
      Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards in 3:36. 
      Key plays: Henry 21-yard run to Buffalo 47; Henry 13-yard run to 
      Washington 35; Bledsoe 25-yard pass to Neufeld to Washington 10. 
BUFFALO 
      17-7.

4TH QUARTER: 

 4:36 BUF - TD, TRAVIS HENRY 14 YD RUN (RIAN LINDELL KICK). 
      Drive: 8 plays, 62 yards in 4:28. 
      Key plays: Bledsoe 5-yard pass to Shaw on 3rd-and-2 to Washington 
      49; Bledsoe 16-yard pass to Reed to Washington 33. BUFFALO 24-7.

WASHINGTON - BUFFALO Final Statistics

TEAM STATISTICS                             WASHINGTON        BUFFALO

FIRST DOWNS                                          8             25
  Rushing                                            3              9
  Passing                                            4             15
  Penalty                                            1              1
THIRD DOWN EFFICIENCY                         2-14-14%       3-10-30%
FOURTH DOWN EFFICIENCY                        1-1-100%         0-0-0%
TOTAL NET YARDS                                    169            432
  Total offensive plays                             53             66
  Average gain per play                            3.2            6.5
NET YARDS RUSHING                                   56            196
  Rushing attempts                                  22             39
  Average gain per rush                            2.5            5.0
  Tackles for loss-yards                          2-13            2-3
NET YARDS PASSING                                  113            236
  Times sacked: Number-Yards                       2-6            1-8
  Gross passing yards                              119            244
PASS ATTEMPTS-COMPLETIONS-HAD INTERCEPTED      29-10-0        26-19-1
  Avg gain per pass play                           3.6            8.7
KICKOFFS: Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks          2-1-1          5-0-0
PUNTS: Number and Average                      10-41.7         6-48.5
  Had blocked                                        0              0
  Net punting average                             40.4           24.0
TOTAL RETURN YARDAGE (Not including kickoffs)       52             13
  Number-Yards: Punt Returns                      4-51           6-13
  Number-Yards: Kickoff Returns                   4-66           1-17
  Number-Yards: Interception Returns               1-1            0-0
PENALTIES: Number-Yards                           9-77           9-95
FUMBLES: Number-Lost                               3-1            2-1
TOUCHDOWNS                                           1              3
  Rushing                                            0              2
  Passing                                            1              1
  Interceptions                                      0              0
  Other (blocked kicks, etc.)                        0              0
EXTRA POINTS: Made-Attempts                        1-1            3-3
  Kicking: Made-Attempts                           1-1            3-3
  Passing: Made-Attempts                           0-0            0-0
  Rushing: Made-Attempts                           0-0            0-0
FIELD GOALS: Made-Attempts                         0-0            1-1
  FGs - PATs had blocked                           0-0            0-0
RED ZONE EFFICIENCY                             0-1-0%        3-4-75%
GOAL TO GO EFFICIENCY                           0-1-0%        2-3-67%
SAFETIES                                             0              0
TIME OF POSSESSION                               23:05          36:55


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

WASHINGTON                              BUFFALO
                                 

RUSHING             ATT YDS  AVG LG TD  RUSHING             ATT YDS  AVG
 LG TD
--------------------------------------  
--------------------------------------
C MORTON              7  32  4.6  8  0  T HENRY              31 167  5.4
 27  2
R CARTWRIGHT          4  18  4.5  6  0  A BROWN               1  17 17.0
 17  0
L BETTS               8  11  1.4  6  0  D BLEDSOE             3   7  2.3
  6  0
R JOHNSON             1   6  6.0  6  0  J BURNS               3   6  2.0
  5  0
P RAMSEY              1   0  0.0  0  0  A VAN PELT            1  -1 -1.0
  0  0
L COLES               1 -11-11.0  0  0

PASSING             CM-AT-YDS IN TD LG  PASSING             CM-AT-YDS IN
 TD LG
--------------------------------------  
--------------------------------------
P RAMSEY             9-26-115  0  1 47  D BLEDSOE           19-26-244  1
  1 26
R JOHNSON            1- 3-  4  0  0  4

Sacked-Yards Lost: R JOHNSON 1-6,       Sacked-Yards Lost: D BLEDSOE 1-8.
P RAMSEY 1-0.                           

RECEIVING            NO YDS  AVG LG TD  RECEIVING            NO YDS  AVG
 LG TD
--------------------------------------  
--------------------------------------
L COLES               3  58 19.3 47  0  J REED                8 109 13.6
 26  1
R GARDNER             2  28 14.0 25  1  M CAMPBELL            3  36 12.0
 23  0
D MCCANTS             2  17  8.5 11  0  B SHAW                3  23  7.7
 13  0
P JOHNSON             1   9  9.0  9  0  C COLEMAN             2  22 11.0
 12  0
B JOHNSON             1   4  4.0  4  0  R NEUFELD             1  25 25.0
 25  0
C MORTON              1   3  3.0  3  0  S GASH                1  16 16.0
 16  0
                                        T HENRY               1  13 13.0
 13  0

INTERCEPTIONS        NO YDS  AVG LG TD  INTERCEPTIONS        NO YDS  AVG
 LG TD
--------------------------------------  
--------------------------------------
D TERRELL             1   1  1.0  1  0

PUNTING             NO YDS  AVG T I LG  PUNTING             NO YDS  AVG 
T I LG
--------------------------------------  
--------------------------------------
B BARKER            10 417 41.7 0 2 51  B MOORMAN            6 291 48.5 
0 1 59

T = Touchbacks, I = Inside 20

PUNT RETURNS         NO YDS  AVG LG TD  PUNT RETURNS         NO YDS  AVG
 LG TD
--------------------------------------  
--------------------------------------
C MORTON              4  51 12.8 20  0  A BROWN               6  13  2.2
  8  0

KICKOFF RETURNS      NO YDS  AVG LG TD  KICKOFF RETURNS      NO YDS  AVG
 LG TD
--------------------------------------  
--------------------------------------
C MORTON              3  53 17.7 27  0  A BROWN               1  17 17.0
 17  0
R CARTWRIGHT          1  13 13.0 13  0

KICKING              XP/XPA FG/FGA      KICKING              XP/XPA FG/FGA
----------------------------------      
----------------------------------
J HALL                1/1    0/0        R LINDELL             3/3    1/1
  
                                        Dist.: 20
                               

                                 O-D
                                     O-D
FUMBLES              NO  LOST FF REC    FUMBLES              NO  LOST FF
 REC
------------------------------------    
------------------------------------
P RAMSEY              3    1   0 1-0    D BLEDSOE             1    1   0
 0-0
L ARRINGTON           0    0   1 0-1    S GASH                1    0   0
 0-0
L COLES               0    0   0 1-0    J POSEY               0    0   1
 0-0
                                        L MILLOY              0    0   0
 0-1
                                        B SHAW                0    0   0
 1-0

DEFENSE              TK SO AS SK-YD     DEFENSE              TK SO AS SK-YD
------------------------------------    
------------------------------------
J ARMSTEAD           11 10  1  1-8      L FLETCHER            9  6  3  0-0
  
L ARRINGTON           9  9  0  0-0      J POSEY               6  3  3  1-0
  
I OHALETE             9  5  4  0-0      A WINFIELD            5  5  0  0-0
  
M BOWEN               7  6  1  0-0      L MILLOY              4  4  0  0-0
  
T FRANZ               6  3  3  0-0      A SCHOBEL             4  3  1  1-6
  
C BAILEY              5  5  0  0-0      T SPIKES              4  3  1  0-0
  
J TROTTER             5  3  2  0-0      N CLEMENTS            3  3  0  0-0
  
R BAUMAN              4  4  0  0-0      P WILLIAMS            3  2  1  0-0
  
R WYNN                3  2  1  0-0      I REESE               3  2  1  0-0
  
D TERRELL             2  1  1  0-0      R DENNEY              2  1  1  0-0
  
L DALTON              2  0  2  0-0      K THOMAS              1  0  1  0-0
  
A PIERCE              1  1  0  0-0  
B HOLSEY              1  1  0  0-0  
M CHASE               1  1  0  0-0  
B SMITH               1  0  1  0-0  

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