Interesting matchup today in that both teams are only one game out of first place in their respective divisions. The Bills (4-2) have given up the fewest sacks in the NFL, while the Redskins (3-3), are tied for having the most sacks in the league, so something has to give.
Both teams are banged up right now on each side of the ball. The Redskins offense will be without starters Chris Cooley, Tim Hightower, Santana Moss, Trent Williams and Mike Sellers. The Bills defense is without starters Kyle Williams and Shawne Merriman. Merriman just went on I.R., as did Hightower.
The Bills do have starters Terrence McGee and Chris Kelsay back from injury, and Kelvin Sheppard is taking over for Andra Davis. Danny Batten and Arthur Moats will be replacing Merriman.
The Bills offense is without tackles Demetrius Bell and Chris Hairston. Donald Jones is also out. For the Redskins defense, they have four starters coming into the game that are questionable. They are London Fletcher, DeAngelo Hall, O.J. Atogwe and Phillip Buchanon.
The Redskins have replaced Rex Grossman with John Beck at quarterback. Without Hightower and Moss, the Bills defense catches a break, but still will be required to step up and shut down the weapons that remain. Tight end Fred Davis is a threat, and Ryan Torain and Roy Helu will be asked to carry the load for the missing Hightower.
The Bills are last in the NFL in sacks, so we will see if defensive coordinator George Edwards was able to use the bye week to find new ways to apply pressure to the quarterback.
Final score: Bills 23, Redskins 0