The Buffalo Bills defense came in with a total of four sacks in seven games, they had nine sacks today on their way to a 23-0 shutout victory over the Washington Redskins in Toronto and the Redskins third loss in a row. It was the first time in 267 career games as a head coach that Mike Shanahan has been shutout and the nine sacks the Redskins gave up ties a franchise record for most in a game.
John Beck, in his second start this season, ended up 20 of 33 for 208 yards and two interceptions. He didn’t have much help from the running game as Ryan Torain only went 14 yards on eight carries and they ended up with 26 total rushing yards on the day. The Redskins had 178 total yards with 152 being through the air. Beck in six career NFL starts is still looking for his first win.
Fred Davis was the lone bright spot for the Redskins catching eight passes for 94 yards while Jabar Gaffney had four catches for 40 yards. Leonard Hankerson, in only his second game being active, had one catch, his first career NFL reception, for 23 yards. Terrence Austin, who is filling in for the injured Santana Moss, ended with two catches for 22 yards. Roy Helu had zero carries, but caught three passes for 23 yards.
The Redskins defense gave up 390 total yards, 252 through the air and 138 on the ground. London Fletcher, who missed all week with a hamstring injury, had his best game with 20 tackles, 12 solo, an interception and half a sack. Kedric Golston had a sack and Stephen Bowen had half a sack. Rocky McIntosh and LaRon Landry each had seven tackles. Brian Orakpo had a fumble recovery and ended up with five tackles.
The Redskins were 4 of 14 on third downs and 0 for 2 on fourth downs. Meanwhile the Bills were 7 of 14 on third downs and dominated time of possession at 34:51. Each team turned the ball over twice.
The Redskins are now 3-4 on the season and head home to play the surprising 6-1 San Francisco 49ers next Sunday.
Listen here to what Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan and players London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo, LaRon Landry, Jabar Gaffney, Chris Chester, Barry Cofield, Jammal Brown, Will Montgomery & Stephen Bowen had to say after the loss.
Mike Shanahan Postgame Audio
London Fletcher Postgame Audio
Brian Orakpo Postgame Audio
LaRon Landry Postgame Audio
Jabar Gaffney Postgame Audio
Chris Chester Postgame Audio
Barry Cofield Postgame Audio
Jammal Brown Postgame Audio
Will Montgomery Postgame Audio
Stephen Bowen Postgame Audio