Devin Singletary takes a screen pass 49 yards (5:31 first quarter): Way’s second punt of the game pinned the Bills deep in their own territory, but they wouldn’t be there for long. On second and six from the Buffalo 14-yard line, rookie running back Devin Singletary caught a screen pass from Allen, eluded a couple of would-be tacklers and used his blockers to navigate his way down the right sideline for a 49-yard gain. The play eventually led to a field goal that gave Buffalo a 10-0 lead.
Adrian Peterson breaks free for a 28-yard run (13:37 second quarter): The 34-year-old Peterson accounted for 123 of Washington’s 165 yards through two quarters, the fifth-most he’s had in a first half in his 13-year career. Sixty-three of Peterson’s first-half yards came on three consecutive running plays to start the second quarter, the last a 28-yard scamper on first and 10 from the Buffalo 46, during which Peterson appeared to be stopped for a short gain before breaking outside for a big gain. The drive led to a Dustin Hopkins field goal that cut the Bills’ lead to 10-3.
Andre Roberts’s long kickoff return (10:42 second quarter): It was a big day for ex-Redskins who now play for the Bills. Trent Murphy, a 2014 Redskins draft pick, sacked Dwayne Haskins to force Washington to settle for a field goal early in the second quarter. Andre Roberts, a former Redskins wide receiver, returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards. It appeared Roberts stepped out of bounds at the Buffalo 40-yard line, but interim coach Bill Callahan opted not to throw the challenge flag, and the Bills started their drive at the Washington 39.
Josh Allen finally breaks the plane (4:45 second quarter): With first and goal at the 1-yard line after a third-down completion to tight end Dawson Knox, the Bills handed the ball to running back Frank Gore on three consecutive plays. Each time, the 36-year-old was stuffed for no gain. Buffalo kept its offense on the field on fourth down and called a sneak, which Allen converted to give the Bills a 17-3 lead.
Washington’s defense makes a stand (10:58 third quarter): After a rough start, the Redskins’ defense did well to keep Haskins and the offense in the game. On Buffalo’s opening possession of the second half, Daron Payne and Landon Collins combined to stop Frank Gore for no gain on fourth and one from the Washington 24-yard line. The Bills’ inability to convert in short-yardage situations was the main reason their win wasn’t secure until late in the fourth quarter.
Dwayne Haskins takes another sack (6:43 fourth quarter): On third and 10 from his team’s 13-yard line and with the Redskins trailing 17-9, Haskins dropped back to pass and was swarmed by a couple of Bills defenders. Cornerback Tre’Davious White sacked the rookie for a loss of nine yards, leading to another Redskins punt. Haskins was sacked four times.
Josh Allen connects with John Brown for third-down conversion (4:08 fourth quarter): On third and 18 from the Washington 37 and with Buffalo still leading by eight, Allen scrambled to his right. While it appeared he might tuck the ball and run as he approached the line of scrimmage, Allen instead threw a pass along the sideline to wide receiver John Brown, who made the catch for a 23-yard gain. Four plays later, Singletary scored on a two-yard run to ice the win.
Final: Bills 24, Redskins 9
- Dwayne Haskins was 15 for 22 for 144 yards in his first career start. He was also sacked four times.
- Redskins running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 101 of his 108 yards in the first half.
- Bills rookie running back Devin Singletary rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and also had three catches for 45 yards.
- The Redskins haven’t scored a touchdown since the third quarter of their Week 6 win at Miami, a span of 13 full quarters.
Devin Singletary puts the game away: Singletary capped an eight-play, 46-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run to give the Bills a two-score lead. The key play of the march was Josh Allen’s 23-yard pass to John Brown on third-and-18 from the Washington 37. Brown beat Redskins cornerback Josh Norman on the play. (Bills 24, Redskins 9, 2:21 Fourth Quarter)
Redskins go three-and-out: After the Redskins’ defense stopped Frank Gore on third-and-short to force a Bills punt, Washington failed to get out of the shadow of its own end zone. On third-and-10 from the Redskins’ 13-yard line, Dwayne Haskins was sacked for a loss of nine. Buffalo began its next drive in Washington territory with a chance to ice the game. (Bills 17, Redskins 9, 5:55 Fourth Quarter)
Redskins forced to punt: Washington advanced into Buffalo territory with a drive that featured its first two third-down conversions of the game, including a nine-yard scramble by Dwayne Haskins, but a pair of incompletions and an Adrian Peterson run for no gain followed, leading to a Tress Way punt. (Bills 17, Redskins 9, 10:18 Fourth Quarter)
Dustin Hopkins kicks third field goal: Hopkins’s 39-yard field goal trimmed Buffalo’s lead to eight points late in the third quarter. The Redskins haven’t scored a touchdown in 11 quarters. (Bills 17, Redskins 9, 1:25 Third Quarter)
Redskins and Bills trade punts: Washington couldn’t capitalize on Buffalo’s turnover on downs and punted the ball back to the Bills after falling to 0 for 5 on third down. After Buffalo’s six-play drive stalled, Corey Bojorquez’s first punt of the day traveled only 15 yards, giving the Redskins the ball at the Buffalo 35. (Bills 17, Redskins 6, 4:24 Third Quarter)
Redskins make a fourth-down stop: On fourth-and-1 from the Washington 24, the Redskins stuffed Frank Gore for no gain to take over on downs. Washington was forced to burn a timeout before the play because it had 12 men on the field, which would have resulted in a penalty and a Buffalo first down. (Bills 17, Redskins 6, 10:54 Third Quarter)
Halftime: Bills 17, Redskins 6
Redskins get a second field goal: Adrian Peterson got the Redskins’ offense moving again, with four carries for 30 yards and a 22-yard catch on an eight-play, 55-yard drive that culminated in Dustin Hopkins’s 33-yard field goal. The 34-year-old Peterson has accounted for 123 of Washington’s 165 yards in the first half. (Bills 17, Redskins 6, 0:32 Second Quarter)
Bills take a two-touchdown lead on QB sneak: A 64-yard kickoff return by former Redskins Andre Roberts gave the Bills excellent field position to start their third possession. It appeared Roberts may have stepped out of bounds at the Buffalo 40-yard line, but Washington opted not to challenge. The Bills’ 19th-ranked offense, which has looked unstoppable in the first half, took advantage. After a third-down completion to tight end Dawson Knox set up first-and-goal at the Washington 1, the Redskins’ defense stuffed running back Frank Gore on three consecutive carries. The Bills left their offense on the field and Josh Allen finally punched the ball into the end zone on a quarterback sneak. (Bills 17, Redskins 3, 4:45 Second Quarter)
Redskins get on the board with a field goal: Adrian Peterson had runs of 18, 17 and 28 yards on three consecutive snaps to start the second quarter, moving Washington inside the red zone. On third-and-2 from the Buffalo 10, former Redskins defensive lineman Trent Murphy brought down Dwayne Haskins before he could get to the edge along the right sideline, and Washington brought on Dustin Hopkins for a 29-yard field goal. (Bills 10, Redskins 3, 11:30 Second Quarter)
Buffalo adds to its lead with a field goal: After a better punt by Tress Way pinned the Bills inside their own 20-yard line, a 49-yard catch-and-run by Devin Singletary on a screen pass put Buffalo in Washington territory. Two plays after Josh Norman broke up a pass intended for Singletary in the end zone with the back of his helmet, Josh Allen connected with John Brown for a 25-yard gain on third-and-10 to set up first-and-goal. The Redskins’ defense tightened and sent the Bills’ offense in reverse, and Buffalo settled for a 42-yard field goal by Stephen Hauschka. (Bills 10, Redskins 0, 0:23 First Quarter)
Bills score on first possession: After a 21-yard punt by Tress Way into a stiff wind, the Bills marched 54 yards on eight plays, with Josh Allen finding Cole Beasley for a 6-yard touchdown to cap the drive. Beasley, the former Cowboy, beat Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar for the game’s opening score. Rookie running back Devin Singletary had four carries for 26 yards on the drive. (Bills 7, Redskins 0, 8:19 First Quarter)
Redskins go three-and-out: The Bills won the toss and elected to defer, giving the Redskins the ball first. Adrian Peterson ran for 10 yards on Washington’s first play from scrimmage, but an illegal formation penalty on Tony Bergstrom negated the gain. Fox play-by-play man Chris Myers was apparently misinformed, as he erroneously reported that Dwayne Haskins “completed his first NFL pass” on the drive. Haskins is making his first career start, but he completed passes in each of his previous appearances off the bench. The rookie was tackled short of the first-down marker on a third-down scramble, leading to a Tress Way punt. (Redskins 0, Bills 0, 12:15 First Quarter)
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