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First quarter: Redskins 14, Bills 3

In their first live action against another team in new schemes, the Redskins' starters on both units had mixed results in the first drives of the game but responded with big results the second time out.

The game started with a shaky play from receiver Devin Thomas, who entered as the starting kick returner. Thomas misjudged the kickoff and had to reach above his head to try to haul it in, and instead fumbled the ball. Byron Westbrook recovered it at the Redskins' 16-yard line.

Washington's offense picked up a first down on an 11-yard pass from Donovan McNabb to Chris Cooley on a crossing pattern on third and 8, but the drive stalled after two consecutive incompletions sandwiched around a five-yard run from Clinton Portis and Washington punted.

Defensively, Washington's defense was carved up early in the Buffalo's first drive.
The Bills opened with a four-yard run and a seven-yard completion - which was then extended on a 15-yard facemask penalty on safety Kareem Moore. A seven-yard completion to tight end Jonathan Stupar beat Andre Carter in coverage, and Carter lost fullback Corey McIntyre in coverage on the next play on a 12-yard catch and run.
On third and 3 from the 22, Buffalo was pushed back on a holding call that negated a big gain and despite a 12-yard swing pass on the next play Washington's defense was able to hold and limit the damage to a 38-yard field goal.

Washington's offense was much more efficient on its second drive.

After a false start on the rookie Trent Williams pushed the Redskins back to first and 15 on their own 15, Portis broke off a six-yard run and McNabb followed that with a 21-yard catch and run from Roydell Williams, who used a nice cutback move to pick up yards after the catch.

A roughing the passer call extended the drive after an incomplete pass on third and 6, and three straight runs, including a one-yard scramble from McNabb on third and 1, pushed Washington to the Buffalo 29-yard line.

McNabb then hit Cooley across the middle for 19 yards following a timeout to give Washington first and goal from the 10, and on third and goal from the four yard line, McNabb hit Anthony Armstrong for a touchdown as Armstrong barely reached the ball over the line.

The defense also turned in a much better second drive that was highlighted by DeAngelo Hall's interception and 33-yard return that gave Washington the ball on the Buffalo 12-yard line.

Hall stepped in front of a Trent Edwards pass on second and 10 as Adam Carriker chased Edwards down on a bootleg right, giving Washington prime field position going into the second quarter

By Paul Tenorio  |  August 13, 2010; 8:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

Gotta like this Armstrong kid.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 13, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Who saw that interview?

Dan Snyder is in LOVE with Joe Thiesmann, seriously.

The entire time he looked at Joe with a big goofy smile and ignored Trev Albert.

Too funny!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 13, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Carter is getting manhandled. What the F is with our defense, What the f is with our run defense!

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | August 13, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't mean to sound queer or nothing, but I would choose to look at Joe T over Kenny Albert 1000 times outta 1000

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 13, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I am so happy.....watching the redskins (I Understand it's pre-season, but they aren't stinking up the joint), getting drunk on bourbon....and the wife just went to bed. Sigh.....

Oh and the Jags just ripped off a 60 or so yard td against the iggles.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 13, 2010 8:39 PM

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 13, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

First pump fake by a Redskin QB in several years.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | August 13, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Reckon the 'Skins will really shut things down in the 2nd half. Not that they've shown much of the playbook so far, the OL has simply bullied Buffalo.

Posted by: stevebeagrie | August 13, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Sooooo hard to hold back enthusiasm, but remember everyone - this is only pre-season.

Gotta like what you see so far though. I think perhaps the D was a bit too excited to start the game, because the backups seem to be playing well within the scheme.

Posted by: --swb | August 13, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Who's the new Leg? I think that's the first touchback I've seen this decade...

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 13, 2010 8:24 PM

Graham Gano. I live in Vegas (Las Vegas Locos of the UFL), he scored the first AND last points of the inaugural season. RI bloggers have given him heat for only having 4 NFL kicks of experience, but he was a stud kicker last UFL season. He'll be our kicker for years. Accurate and HUGE leg.

I will be shocked if Torain is cut. Terrence Austin is still a longshot but he's making plays and leaving his effort on the field. This offense is making Grossman look good. Back shoulder throw was bad, though.

Also, Fat Albert taking a double team. Trent Edwards, meet Perry Riley. BOOM.

Posted by: Keiser | August 13, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Ah well....Vick just ran for a 10 yd td....

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 13, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

"Did we score 21 points in the first half of any game the past 2 years?"

We didn't score 21 points in a GAME until week 10. Unless you count our scrubs in the 3rd preseason game against the Pats. You're right, we did it in one half against the Saints.

Fun to watch. Now, that is.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | August 13, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Dear CSN,

Stop using that horrible end-zone view on punts. I understand that you can see the gunners come down the field, but once the returner has the ball, you have no perspective.

A more traditional sideline view would be preferential.

Thank you

Posted by: --swb | August 13, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Nice catch, but looked like a sloppy route by DT11.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | August 13, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Get Trent Williams out of the game NOW!!!!

Posted by: rickyroge | August 13, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone tell me who this Keiland Williams is? Is he the FB/TE they drafted, or was that some other guy?

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 13, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Trent Williams vs. Bills scrubs = continued TW dominance. Optimism for the Oline is something us Redskins fans haven't felt for a while

Posted by: --swb | August 13, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Hunter who?

Posted by: RomoLongballs | August 13, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Holy... 21 points, 2 INTs, a touchback, and a fair catch inside the 20... My underpants are ruined.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 13, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Another Jags TD....30 yd pass

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 13, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

McNabb > Grossman >Campbell > Collins > Brennan

Posted by: Chia_Pet | August 13, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I get the feeling that Redskins backups > Bills backups. Lets see though...

Posted by: --swb | August 13, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Oops - Armstrong went to WEST Texas A&M - wherever that is.

Posted by: suzannepdc | August 13, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

This is am certain:

Malcom Kelly will get cut.

Trent Williams is a BEAST.

Defense needs work...I'm nervous.

If we had Vincent Jackson or a shadow of...we go to the playoffs

Portis will have a Pro-Bowl year barring injury.

I do not miss Jason Campbell!

Posted by: rickyroge | August 13, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

That 100 greatest players of all time commercial gave me a boner. And I'm drunk on bourbon......

Posted by: dlhaze1 | August 13, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey a 3rd n 8 and the DBs are within 30 yards of the LOS!

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 13, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Who's the kid calling plays for the Skins?

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 13, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Brandon Banks > Rhea Perlman

Posted by: Chia_Pet | August 13, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Weird, didn't realize ARE changed his number to 16. Oh, wait...

Haha, seriously though, I hope Banks continues to get opportunities, because I think he still may turn out to be a good punt returner.

And that busted draw - that was a "here Keiland, you get hit, sexy rexy doesn't feel like getting hit right now" play.

Posted by: --swb | August 13, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Who's the kid calling plays for the Skins?

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 13, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse
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Lets just say Cracker Jack boxes have upgraded their prizes

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 13, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Torain looking good too... Willie who?

Posted by: SonofNero | August 13, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Grossman was solid, but when ever he throws to the out, I'm gonna be nervous.

Posted by: TWISI | August 13, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Who's the kid calling plays for the Skins?

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 13, 2010 9:04 PM

u srs? Kyle Shanahan, son of Mike Shanahan, last year offensive coordinator of the famed Houston Texans, #1 ranked passing attack.

Brandon Banks dropped punt, meh, the announcer said "end over end" and I expected him to drop it.

The FB/TE we drafted was Dennis Morris, not sure who Keiland Williams is.

Posted by: Keiser | August 13, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Keiland Williams rookie FA out of LSU

Posted by: noonefromtampa | August 13, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Keiser | August 13, 2010 9:08 PM

No, not serious, just remarking on how young he looks.

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 13, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Torain looking good too... Willie who?

Posted by: SonofNero | August 13, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse
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Last Willie Parker

Posted by: mattsoundworld | August 13, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Curzon417 | August 13, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

beeps, peeps

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | August 13, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't know everyone's number!

Posted by: Pepper5 | August 13, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

YESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: TWISI | August 13, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

WHOOSH!

Posted by: stevebeagrie | August 13, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Awesome return, speed kills. Was there a block in the back near where the catch was made?

Posted by: SMACK1 | August 13, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

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