Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills defeated the Washington Redskins, 24-9, to improve to 6-2 on Sunday.
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The Bills relied on their offensive line to control the ball game offensively, and they did just that. With stellar performances from Dion Dawkins, Quinton Spain and Jon Feliciano, they were able to keep Josh Allen clean for most of the game and move bodies on the interior in the run game.
Josh Allen was not able to get much going for the Bills in the passing game. He was unable to make any connections downfield and did fumble once. For the most part, the Bills tried to take the ball out of his hands, relying on their run game, but Allen only completed 14 balls on the day and was not highly impactful.
Jordan Poyer was outstanding on the back end for the Bills. He did not allow any completions in his area as a safety, and as a safety, it’s always a good thing when you don’t hear your name called much.
On the defensive line, Jerry Hughes was again the most impactful player for the Bills. Hughes made good plays in run defense and was a big factor rushing the passer late in the ball game when the Redskins were forced to throw.
The most effective part of the Redskins offense was Adrian Peterson, who finished another game with over 100 yards. The Redskins deployed their under-center power run game for much of the game, and Peterson was able to find creases or break tackles in the hole to break off multiple breakaway runs.
In the first start of his NFL career, Dwayne Haskins was pretty much a nonfactor. The Redskins kept the game simple for him, and he did not attempt much downfield. Haskins only completed 15 passes on 22 dropbacks. He did not turn the ball over, but the Redskins will have to give Haskins some more freedom downfield if they are going to put up more points.
Not a lot went right for the Redskins defensively, as they let the Bills control the time of possession. One player that made a positive impact was linebacker Jon Bostic, who was solid in his run gaps and did not allow much in the underneath passing game.
Its been a bit surprising to see Jonathan Allen underperform the past couple of weeks, and this week marked his third straight game where he did not make a positive impact. Allen was pushed around far too consistently in run defense, and he didn’t do much in the pass-rush either. The Redskins surely expect more out of their former first-round pick.