This hasn’t been the best 30 minutes for international relations, at least not on the Washington side.
But as with every story worth telling, there are two sides to this one.
The Bills defense had four sacks on the season coming into this game. In the first half, they had four on Redskins quarterback John Beck. Some of these have been overload blitzes and trouble in the blocking scheme, but some of these have been coverage sacks. This is a total-team issue that needs to be addressed in the second half.
On the other hand, John Beck has weathered the storm and has protected the football very well. He’s dealing with three offensive linemen out of position due to injuries, his best pass-blocking running back on injured reserve, his best all-around tight end on injured reserve, and his No. 1 receiver out with a broken hand.
The Redskins need to find other ways to win, but it’s not going to be easy, by any stretch.
Things are a little brighter on the defensive side of the ball, with the Redskins defense doing a serviceable job at dictating the pace to the offense. Yes, the Bills are taking what the Redskins give them, but the Redskins aren’t giving them a whole lot. The Bills were ranked fourth in the league with 31.3 points per game, and the Redskins have limited them to 13 in the first half, including two goal line stands that kept them out of the end zone.
In short, it could be a lot worse.
The inside linebacker play has been a highlight of the first half, with London Fletcher, and his replacement Keyaron Fox, flying around near the line of scrimmage. Fletcher’s hamstring was a concern all week, but he’s been spelled as needed by Fox, who is proving to be productive on both defense and special teams.
The Fletcher-Fitzpatrick-Orakpo sandwich at the end of the first half was disappointed only by the play-making ability of Fred Jackson with the ball in his hands.
In other news, this is a unique football venue, with only one jumbotron, a series of hotel rooms overlooking the field, and strange seating all over the lower level of the stadium.
They should really consider playing baseball here.
Redskins still looking to get on the board north of the border, trailing 0-13.