This game may not have started off like the Redskins wanted for the first 45 minutes, but credit this young team for not giving up. On the second Bills’ drive of the second half, it was the young defenders that sparked the three-and-out, with Kevin Barnes and Ryan Kerrigan getting back-to-back tackles for a loss. On third down, the Bills completed a pass over the middle for a short gain, and a gang tackle by London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo forced the punt.
Trotting on and off the field, the Redskins have their heads up and are trying to encourage each other. This isn’t the picture of the selfish superstars that used to grace the sidelines in solitude. This is a team that may not have the answers right now, but the players do care, and they aren’t quitting.
If there’s anything positive to take from the first three quarters of football, it would be a testament to character. You don’t really know the character of a team when it’s winning. Not to be lost in the middle of this recent slide, is that the Redskins appear to be bunching together rather than tearing at the seams.
Unfortunately, John Beck’s jersey is tearing at the seams. He’s been on the receiving end of a career-high six sacks in the game (previously four), and the Redskins need to find a way to keep him upright in the final quarter of the game. A large part of that is his receivers getting open sooner. Beck has been responsible with the ball, and six sacks are far better than six turnovers.
Not much time to get back in this game, as the Bills are on top: Washington 0, Buffalo 20.