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Dwayne Haskins finally got his first NFL start at quarterback but it wasn’t enough to lead the Washington Redskins to victory. The Redskins fell to the Buffalo Bills 24-9 at New Era Field on Sunday afternoon. The loss drops their record to 1-8.
The Bills got off to a quick start. Quarterback Josh Allen opened the game with a TD pass to Cole Beasley putting the Buffalo up 7-0. The TD was Allen’s first career TD pass on the Bills’ first possession of a game.
It was clear that having a week to prepare with the starters made a difference in Haskins’ confidence level compared to his previous showings. Unfortunately, he didn’t give the offense the spark everyone was hoping for.
As the game unfolded, it was clear that Haskins would be limited to short passes or feeding the ball to running back Adrian Peterson. His longest pass was a 15-yard completion to wide receiver Paul Richardson. Haskins finished 15 of 22 for 144 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs.
Even with a new starting quarterback, the Redskins continue to struggle with their identity as a run-first team. Coach Bill Callahan is committed to the ground game but so far that hasn’t been the winning formula. Despite running back Adrian Peterson rushing for 108 yards, Washington did not score a touchdown and could only muster up nine points in four quarters.
Peterson rushed for 100+ yards in the first half for the first time since 2012. In the second half, Peterson could only add seven yards on eight carries. With the Redskins’ rushing attack stalled and an ineffective passing game, the Bills were in full control for the remainder of the second half.
The Redskins haven’t scored a touchdown in their last three games for the first time in franchise history. Washington heads into the bye week with plenty of areas to improve. But most importantly, the break will provide Dwayne Haskins with more time to prepare for a potential start after the bye.