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Redskins Defeat Bills in Third Preseason Game, 21-16

Washington wins under the Friday night lights at FedEx Field.

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1 2 3 4 Final
Buffalo Bills 3 6 7 0 16
Washington Redskins 0 21 0 0 21

It took the offense a while to gain their footing, but Kirk Cousins and most of his first team offense deserved to walk into the locker room after the first half feeling fairly confident.  The first quarter was rough for the unit, which totaled only 39 yards and looked a little out of sync, but they bounced back to score touchdowns on three consecutive drives.  Cousins spread the ball around, tapping three different weapons (Garcon, Reed, and Grant) for touchdowns, and Robert Kelley took all but one of the first team snaps at running back.  Kelley's workload and Mack Brown's heavy second half workload were likely due to the left elbow injury that caused Keith Marshall to leave the game after only one carry.  The offensive line play was inconsistent, with Morgan Moses getting badly beaten by former Redskin Lorenzo Alexander's spin move and Kory Lichtensteiger amassing three holding calls.  As you would expect, fans across social media began questioning how quickly newly acquired center Bryan Stork would be arriving from New England.

Defensively speaking, the team continues to show promise.  Preston Smith appears determined to live up to the hype and pressured Tyrod Taylor on several strong plays.  Ziggy Hood also made his presence known, tallying three tackles and a sack.  Most impressive, however, was the secondary.  The Breeland-Norman pairing at corner should elicit concern in the Redskins' opponents this season, and the players around them in the secondary, including Hall, Toler, Cravens, and Fuller, will only help to strengthen that unit and make life a little easier on the front seven.  Kendall Fuller had a particularly strong final drive with a great pass defense in the end zone and an interception on the final play of the game.

Finally, the news that no one wants to hear in preseason: injuries.  In addition to Marshall, the Redskins saw Ryan Kerrigan, Quinton Dunbar, Morgan Moses, and Spencer Long leave the field with (hopefully nothing more serious than) bumps and bruises.