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Monday Morning Water Cooler: Redskins Shutout by Bills 23-0 In Toronto

10.31.2011 / Blog Posts Redskins

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By Brian Tinsman

There isn’t much to hang your hat on after a 23-0 shutout on the road. The team didn’t do any of the things that made it a winner in the first two weeks of the season, and the Redskins have slid to last place tie in the NFC East.

One of the few highlights of yesterday’s game, was that the Redskins limited the Bills to 23 points. That’s almost nine points fewer than their season average, and certainly left the offense with the opportunity to stay in the game.

The play of the day on defense occurred midway through the second quarter, with the Bills offense driving down to the Redskins 9-yard line. The Redskins red zone defense has been a strength this season, with the Redskins holding teams to field goals instead of touchdowns.

[“Red zone”: This is the part of the field that lies between the goal line and the 20-yard line. This is considered to be the standard of an offense to be able to score touchdowns inside of this area, and a standard of the defense to be able to prevent them from doing that.]

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw to wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who was crossing the middle of the field near the goal line. Redskins linebacker London Fletcher drifted back into coverage and intercepted the pass in the end zone for a touchback.

[“Touchback”: Any time the defending team receives the ball in the end zone and chooses not to run it out of the end zone. This happens most frequently on special teams with punt and kickoff returns, but also on interceptions and fumbles on defense.]

Either Fitzpatrick didn’t see Fletcher or it was a poorly thrown pass, but Fletcher made a great read nonetheless.

Unfortunately, the Redskins could not capitalize on that play or any other opportunities that they had yesterday. They will look to make adjustments in all phases of the game to prepare for the 49ers at home next week.

Final Score from Toronto: Redskins 0, Bills 23.

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