Well, that was surprisingly easy.
Buoyed by a dominating defense that held the Redskins to 1?? total yards and recorded nine sacks, but the Bills defeated the Washington Redskins 23-0 today in the Bills’ annual Toronto Series contest. It was Buffalo’s first shutout since December of 2006.
If you can believe it, this game wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated. The Bills dominated from start to finish and the outcome of the contest was never in doubt. The Bills absolutely battered Redskins QB John Beck to the tune of a team-record nine sacks, led by rookie Marcell Dareus’s 2.5 sack effort. Dwan Edwards picked up 1.5 sacks and four QB hits, while Jairus Byrd added a sack and an interception. Spencer Johnson also had a big game, blocking a field goal and adding two tackles for loss with a sack.
Offensively, the Bills weren’t fantastic, but Buffalo did manage a pair of touchdown passes to tight end Scott Chandler. Fred Jackson added 120 yards on the ground to go with 74 receiving yards.
We’ll talk a lot about this one as the week goes on, but suffice to say the Bills looked really good today. With the Patriots’ loss to the Steelers, the Bills are suddenly tied for first place in the AFC East again. Enjoy the win, Bills fans. But next week brings a big test when the New York Jets come to town.