Donovan McNabb Makes Redskins Debut In 42-17 Win Over Buffalo

August 14, 2010 – By Scott

The much anticipated debut of Donovan McNabb in a Washington Redskins’ jersey finally occurred on Friday night. Although for some, it might have been a little odd to see him wearing the No. 5 jersey in something other than a Philadelphia Eagles uniform. It has been just four months since his arrival to Washington and he has already made his presence known. McNabb looked stellar in his debut as he went 5 for 8 for 58 yards in just two series as the Redskins got passed the Buffalo Bills 42-17.

“When you play your first game, obviously, with a new ballclub, it takes you back to the first game you played,” McNabb said. “Your adrenaline is high, and you have to settle down a little bit. The second time we went out, after our first drive, it led to us putting up some points.”

McNabb also tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Armstrong in the Redskins route. Although it was just a preseason matchup, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan can certainly walk away feeling his squad is much further along than Chan Gailey’s Bills.

“It was a good first game,” Shanahan said, “and hopefully we can build from here.”

The Bills seemed to look like the same old Bills. They already have a vast injury list and now running back Fred Jackson will miss the rest of preseason with a hand injury and Marshawn Lynch has an ankle issue.

“Thank goodness it’s preseason,” Gailey said. “When we get to early September, it’s going to be 0-0 on the win-loss column and thank goodness for that. But we’ve got to find who can do what in these next three ballgames and get ourselves ready for that first one.”

Redskins running back Clinton Portis saw a little more playing time than usual in preseason and carried the ball six times for 22 yards. They also got a good glimpse of undrafted rookie Brandon Banks from Kansas State. Banks returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown down the right side in the third quarter. Albert Haynesworth also played his first game in a Washington uniform and is becoming adjusted to their new 3-4 scheme he did no want to play in. He played two series with the second team and definitely made his presence known.

The Bills have a three way battle going on for their starting quarterback position. Ryan Fitzpatrick went 9 for 14 for 61 yards and had the Bills only touchdown pass. Trent Edwards went 6 of 12 for 58 yards and one interception.

Washington will play again next Saturday at home against the Baltimore Ravens ad the Bills will play Thursday at home against Indianapolis.

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