What: Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins, today, 1 p.m., Redskins Stadium.

TV/Radio: WUSA-9, WJFK-FM-106.7, WBQB-FM-101.5, WPLC-FM-94.3,

WKIK-FM-102.9, WAGE-1200, WNAV-1430, WFMD-930.

Line: Redskins by 4A.


1. Keep Doug Flutie in the pocket and make him throw.

That often has resulted this season in deflected passes and interceptions. When he runs, the result usually is bad for defenses.

2. Hope Moulds isn't 100 percent.

WR Eric Moulds may try to return from his hamstring injury. When he's healthy, the Buffalo offense is decidedly more threatening.

3. Spring Mitchell.

A big play on special teams could make the difference. Brian Mitchell is overdue for a long kick return, but the Bills haven't permitted a punt return longer than 12 yards this season.


The NFL's second-ranked offense will face a 3-4 defense for the first time this season. It's a sound defense, ranked ninth in the NFL and limiting opponents to 3.3 yards per rushing attempt. But the Bills don't gamble much, with a modest 14 sacks and six interceptions. That bodes well for the Redskins, who are an NFC-best plus-11 in turnover differential. QB Brad Johnson has been sacked only eight times and has thrown two interceptions in 222 passing attempts this season.

Key Matchup

Redskins LT Andy Heck vs. Bills DE Bruce Smith

Smith, at 36, is on the down side of his Hall of Fame career, but he remains tough for any blocker to handle. Heck has been perhaps the most pleasant surprise on a Redskins offensive line full of pleasant surprises.


The Redskins still are ranked last in the league in total defense, but have sandwiched two decent performances in wins over teams with less-than-overpowering offenses (Arizona and Chicago) around a poor outing at Dallas. The Bills don't have an overwhelming offense either, especially if WR Eric Moulds is limited by a hamstring injury. The one thing the Redskins have done well is create turnovers, with 18 takeaways this season -- 14 on interceptions. QB Doug Flutie has thrown 11 interceptions this season, eight in Buffalo's last three games.

Key Matchup

Redskins DEs Kenard Lang and Marco Coleman vs. Flutie.

The Redskins simply cannot allow Flutie to get out of the pocket, giving him the option to run or throw and putting Washington's LBs and DBs on the spot. Lang and Coleman must play their most disciplined games of the season.


The Redskins had trouble recovering Chicago's onside kicks last week as their special-teams struggles continued. PK Brett Conway continues to be the bright spot. He had FGs of 50 and 51 yards last week and is 11 for 13 on the season, including 8 for 8 inside 50 yards. P Matt Turk may make his return today. Buffalo's Kevin Williams is averaging 11.1 yards per punt return, fifth-best in the AFC. PK Steve Christie has converted 14 of 18 FG tries, but is only 1 for 4 between 40 and 49 yards. P Chris Mohr is averaging only 38.6 yards per punt.