New Look Washington Redskins Giving Three Points To Buffalo Bills In Preaseason Opener

August 11th, 2010-  Written By Alex

Despite it only being a preseason game, a number of interesting storylines come into play when the Washington Redskins meet the Buffalo Bills Friday night in Washington, D.C. The Bills are coming off a 2009 campaign where they finished 6-10 and out of the playoff race. For a team with major holes to fill on both sides of the ball, they did relatively little during the offseason to bring in new talent. A lot of the team’s success in the coming season is banked on the progression of quarterback, Trent Edwards and the overnight enhanced maturity of Marshawn Lynch.

The Redskins are coming off a season where they finished 16th in total passing yards and 27th in rushing. Looking ahead, in the Washington Redskins 2010 Preview, they attempted to fix said offensive woes by trading for quarterback, Donovan McNabb, and bringing in running backs Larry Johnson and Willie Parker. While McNabb is an immediate upgrade as a passer, it’s worth noting that the three running backs that will carry the ball for the Redskins averaged 3.6 yards per carry and combined for 1,464 yards on 400 carries in 2009. Not exactly staggering numbers. Still, the team will likely improve from their 4-12 record from last season.

The Redskins have been installed by USA Online Sportbooks as a three-point favorite to defeat the Bills in the pre-season opener for both teams. The over/under for this contest is sitting at 32 1/2 points.

Offensively, the Bills are betting the farm on quarterback, Edwards progressing and growing over the summer. In order for the Buffalo offense to be successful, the 2010 Buffalo Bills Preview shows that Edwards needs to be able to see the whole field and give himself time to make good throws. Part of the responsibility for creating that time, though, falls on the offensive line. The coaching staff no doubt hopes that a full year of experience will allow the line to block effectively for Edwards, as well as young QB, Brian Brohm. Couple these two quarterbacks with running backs Lynch, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, as well as receiver Lee Evans, and you’ll start to see a bit of what Chan Gailey is hoping to accomplish in 2010. A transitioning Redskins defense should serve the perfect guinea pigs for Gailey’s plans.

Defensively, the Redskins are going to continue to experiment with their 3-4 defense against a wildly inconsistent Bills offense. Even though Albert Haynesworth finally passed his conditioning test, don’t expect to see much of him in this game. Look specifically for the way Brian Orakpo and Kedric Golston transition to the new defensive format, because while both have proven adept at playing the 4-3, this type of transition has proven to be difficult for players to make in the past. All in all, the Redskins defense will get the perfect opportunity to learn to play together as they square up against the equally sporadic and confused Bills offense. Offensively the Redskins have made a lot of moves to improve from last season. Look for McNabb to immediately utilize his talented offensive tandem of tight ends in Chris Cooley and Fred Davis. The two should serve as a couple of stable, legitimate targets for him while McNabb tries to become familiar with his relatively inexperienced receiver group. It will also be interesting to see how running backs, Johnson and Parker bounce back from disappointing ’09 campaigns behind a solid passer and legitimate offensive line.

Looking to stop the Redskins offense is a Bills defensive unit that has been thoroughly impressive during training camp. Buffalo’s 3-4 formation should give McNabb and the rest of the Redskins quarterbacks fits, and its effectiveness will be up for display in the team’s first preseason game of the season. The strength of this defense remains the secondary, so keep an eye on the interceptions total for an indicator of how well this unit is functioning, and will function in the coming year.

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One Response to “New Look Washington Redskins Giving Three Points To Buffalo Bills In Preaseason Opener”
  1. billster Says:

    can’t wait to see C.J. Spiller in action for the bills. i think he could be a dangerous weapon for years to come. If Marshawn Lynche can return to form, we could have another thunder and lightning like they have in carolina. When you throw Fred Jackson in the mix its gets even better, a dangerous trio to be sure. I’m predicting Spiller as rookie of the year, mark it

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