The Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills 17-14 Saturday night in their preseason home opener. Once again, Head Coach Jim Zorn’s offense was efficient and effective. The Redskins starting defense did not give up a touchdown, and showed a bit more of what we hope to see in the regular season, pressure.
Jason Campbell looked as comfortable this week as he did last week in Canton, OH. Playing the most of the first quarter, Campbell completed 7 passes on 10 attempts for 71 yards with no interceptions. The home crowd at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, was treated to a Clinton Portis sighting in the Redskins’ second preseason game of the year(the Skins actually will play five preseason games this year due to their appearance in the annual Hall of Fame Game).
Portis carried the ball seven times for only 18 yards but did get in the endzone on a 4th and goal play from the one yard line. ‘That play was about attitude”, said Campbell, as Zorn took his first real chance of the preseason, going for it from the one yard line after three failed attempts to get into the endzone.
The Redskins defense also gave fans a treat with newly acquired defensive end Jason Taylor seeing his first action as a Redskin. Taylor finished the game with no recordable stats, but his presence was unmistakable.
The starters on defense played about a quarter, and defensive coordinator Greg Blache should be more pleased with his defense this week. The starters showed us a swarming, aggressive style of play that most Redskin fans should be pleased to see. Utilizing more press coverage this week, the Redskin cornerbacks spent their evening much closer to the line of scrimmage than they did last week against the Indianapolis Colts. This was a bit of a surprise considering veteran Shawn Springs, slated to be one of the Redskins’ starting cornerbacks, actually started at free safety opposite strong safety Reed Doughty.
And once again, late in the game, Coach Zorn was able to run out the clock with a game clinching, 16 play, 88 yard drive that ate nine minutes and 44 seconds off the clock. That drive did not end in points, but the Bills only had 23 seconds left to go 99 yards. Only 23 yards later, the game was over.
Look for a more detailed breakdown of this game later today.