Redskins find tempo against Bills
Instant analysis from Washington 30, Buffalo 7
Game Recap: With starter Robert Griffin III and backup Kirk Cousins both out with injuries, the focus still remained on the quarterbacks as it often does in Washington. Both Rex Grossman and Pat White had some shining moments during the Redskins’ 30-7 win over the Bills. Grossman notched a seven-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon and White scampered 14 yards for a TD. Grossman played the first quarter, White the second and they two alternated series in the second half. Roy Helu Jr. rushed 13 times for 70 yards and Aldrick Robinson led Redskins receivers with four receptions for 61 yards. The defense allowed just one touchdown drive and that was aided by a personal foul penalty. The Bills did not get a first down in the second half. The win moves the Redskins to 3-0 in the preseason.
Key Moment: With the score tied at seven late in the first quarter, Grossman threw a pass right into the gut of Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was near the left sideline and had nothing but white striped and green grass between him and the goal line. But Gilmore couldn’t handle it and the ball bounced harmlessly to the ground. On the next play, Grossman hit Santana Moss down the middle. Moss spun away from the defense and wasn’t stopped until he had gained 45 yards to the Buffalo 24. That set up a 28-yard field goal that put the Redskins in the lead to stay.
Player of the Game: Rex Grossman was the starting quarterback by default in what is supposed to be the dress rehearsal game in the NFL. And although he had his “bad Rex” moments, such having a defender drop what surely would have been a pick six, Grossman looked the part of an NFL starting quarterback. He was 11 for 21 for 171 yards and a touchdown pass to Pierre Garçon.
Roster Impact: It really doesn’t look like there is a roster spot for White but he is making the coaches think hard about it. At 6 feet tall, he doesn’t have the height of a prototypical NFL quarterback nor does he possess anything close to a cannon arm but good things tend to happen when he’s in the game. His 14-yard touchdown run was a nice combination of speed, athleticism, and football instincts. He might not make this roster but he could have a place in the NFL.
From the Locker Room:
—“It felt good just being able to have the chance to get out there and play football again. Tackle football, not this touch stuff we’ve been playing in practice, so it felt good.”—CB Josh Wilson
—“I enjoyed myself. It's football. You're getting paid to go to recess. It's [expletive] awesome. I enjoy myself every time I'm out there.” —QB Rex Grossman
—"He’s gonna fight his butt back, man, and be 10 times better than when he left."—CB E. J. Biggers on CB Richard Crawford, who sustained a season-ending knee injury
—“It’s just all a mind set after you make mistakes. Mistakes are going to happen . . . I have to make big plays to show that mistakes don’t affect me.”—RB Chris Thompson, who had a 31-yard punt return after fumbling earlier
—“Assignments, you know we didn’t have anyone on the quarterback. We went and took the fake dive . . . Hey, we didn’t get the play” —Bills head coach Doug Marrone on Pat White’s 14-yard touchdown run.