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Preseason Week 1: Redskins 42, Bills 17


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New season. New coach. New quarterback.

New direction, too.

The Redskins opened their 2010 preseason schedule with a convincing 42-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Friday night.

Starters on offense played two series, while starters on defense played into the second quarter as they adjusted to the new 3-4 defense.

Donovan McNabb threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Armstrong to open the Redskins' scoring. Rex Grossman tossed a pair of touchdown passes, including a 44-yarder to Devin Thomas, to widen the Redskins lead.

Two rookies also shined in the NFL debut: Brandon Banks returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown and Keiland Williams added a pair of touchdown runs.

Defensively, DeAngelo Hall had a key first quarter interception off quarterback Trent Edwards to set up a score.


The Redskins led the Bills 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.

McNabb tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Armstrong for the Redskins' first points of the game. Armstrong caught the ball at the 1-yard line then had to reach across the goal line. He bobbled the ball momentarily but regained possession before he was tackled to the ground.

On the Bills' next drive, Hall jumped in front of Edwards pass along the right sideline and returned the ball to the Bills' 12-yard line. Credit Adam Carriker with bringing pressure on Edwards to help force the interception.

Rex Grossman replaced McNabb at quarterback as the quarter came to an end.

McNabb finished the game with 5-of-8 completions for 58 yards and one touchdown.


The Redskins opened up a 21-3 lead over the Buffalo Bills at halftime.

Williams scored on a 2-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, capping a drive that started after Hall's interception.

Midway through the quarter, Grossman guided the Redskins' offense downfield, with the key play a 21-yard completion to Bobby Wade on 3rd-and-9.

On 3rd-and-goal at the Bills' 9-yard line, Grossman threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Fred Davis, who caught the ball just ahead of cornerback Reggie Corner. He turned around and skipped into the end zone for the score.

Albert Haynesworth entered the game with the second-team defense and made an impact. The Bills' offense managed just 40 yards on three second-quarter possessions and was charged with two false start penalties on consecutive series as they adjusted to Haynesworth's presence.


The Redskins built a commanding 35-10 lead over the Buffalo Bills in the third quarter.

Midway through the quarter, Banks went back to receive a punt. He weaved his way to the right and raced past tacklers. He picked up a nice block by Devin Thomas allowing him to race to the end zone for a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Later, Grossman connected with Devin Thomas on a post pattern for another score. Thomas split two defenders and caught Grossman' pass in stride for a 44-yard touchdown.

It would be Grossman's last pass of the game – he was replaced by John Beck later in the quarter. Grossman finished with 11-of-18 completions for 140 yards and two touchdowns.

After yielding 35 unanswered points, the Bills scored late in the quarter when backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receive David Nelson.


The Redskins capped off the scoring with Ryan Torain and Williams splitting carries on an impressive 7-play drive.

Torain had runs of 15 and 11 yards and Williams added an 11-yard scamper. Williams finished the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run.

Torain led the Redskins' offense with 62 yards on 17 carries in the game while Williams had 51 yards on 11 carries to go along with his two scores.

Earlier, the Bills had narrowed the Redskins' lead with a 28-yard touchdown run by rookie running back Joique Bell.

Bell finished the game with 52 yards on five carries and running back Chad Simpson added 67 yards on seven carries. Overall, the Redskins' defense yielded 146 rushing yards.



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The Redskins open their 2010 preseason schedule in early August when they host the Buffalo Bills at FedExField.

FedExField is a natural grass surface. The stadium seats 91,704.

The Redskins are coming off a 4-12 campaign last season while the Bills posted a 7-9 record for the third consecutive year.

The Bills preseason game marks the debut of Mike Shanahan as Redskins head coach. Shahanan interviewed for the Bills head coaching job prior to accepting the Redskins' job on Jan. 6.

The game also marks the debut of new Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb, who joined Washington as part of a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on April 4.

The game will be televised locally on NBC-4 and Comcast SportsNet. It will be televised nationally on NFL Network. Kenny Albert handles the play-by-play with color commentary provided by Joe Theismann. Former Redskin Rick 'Doc' Walker reports from the sidelines.

On radio, the game will be broadcast locally on ESPN 980 and the Redskins Radio Network. Larry Michael calls the play-by-play with former Redskins and Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Sam Huff adding color commentary. Chris Russell reports from the sidelines.

The Redskins are 111-115-2 in preseason play since 1961.

In Week 2 of preseason, the Redskins host the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField.

The Redskins' first preseason road trip is to the East Rutherford, N.J., on the New York Jets at the new Meadowlands Stadium.

In Week 4 of preseason, the Redskins go west to take on the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.


Pos. Redskins Bills
WR 89 Santana Moss 83 Lee Evans
LT 72 Trent Williams 77 Demetrius Bell
LG 66 Derrick Dockery 67 Andy Levitre
C 61 Casey Rabach 63 Geoff Hangartner
RG 75 Artis Hicks 70 Eric Wood
RT 74 Stephon Heyer 74 Cornell Green
TE 47 Chris Cooley 88 Jonathan Stupar
WR 84 Joey Galloway 13 Steve Johnson
QB 5 Donovan McNabb 5 Trent Edwards
FB 45 Mike Sellers 38 Corey McIntyre
RB 26 Clinton Portis 22 Fred Jackson
Pos. Redskins Bills
DE 94 Adam Carriker 99 Marcus Stroud
NT 96 Ma'ake Kemoeatu 95 Kyle Williams
DE 64 Kedric Golston 98 Dwan Edwards
OLB 99 Andre Carter 90 Chris Kelsay
ILB 59 London Fletcher 54 Andra Davis
ILB 52 Rocky McIntosh 51 Paul Posluszny
OLB 98 Brian Orakpo 53 Reggie Torbor
LCB 23 DeAngelo Hall 24 Terrence McGee
RCB 22 Carlos Rogers 29 Drayton Florence
SS 30 LaRon Landry 20 Donte Whitner
FS 41 Kareem Moore 31 Jairus Byrd
Pos. Redskins Bills
P 6 Josh Bidwell 8 Brian Moorman
K 4 Graham Gano 9 Rian Lindell
H 6 Josh Bidwell 6 Josh Bidwell
LS 57 Nick Sundberg 65 Garrison Sanborn
KOR 11 Devin Thomas 13 Steve Johnson
PR 31 Phillip Buchanon 13 Steve Johnson


Washington and Buffalo have met 12 times in preseason play, with the Redskins holding a 7-5 edge.

The last time the Redskins and Bills met in preseason was in 2008 at FedExField, with the Redskins winning 17-14.

In the regular season and postseason, the Redskins and Bills have met 11 times, with Buffalo holding the overall advantage 7-4.

The Bills have won the last five regular season meetings since falling to Washington 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI.

In that game, Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien threw touchdown passes to Earnest Byner and Gary Clark and Gerald Riggs rushed for two touchdowns. The Redskins' defense dominated, limiting Thurman Thomas to just 13 yards on 10 carries and sacking Jim Kelly five times.

The last time the two teams played in the regular season was Dec. 2, 2007 at FedExField.

The Bills won 17-16 in an emotional game that occurred five days after the death of safety Sean Taylor. Rian Lindell connected on a last-second 36-yard field goal to give the Bills the win.



Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 22 312.5
Rushing Offense 27 94.4
Passing Offense 16 218.1
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 10 319.7
Rushing Defense 16 112.4
Passing Defense 8 207.2


Offense Rank Yards/Game
Total Offense 11 359.8
Rushing Offense 16 116.7
Passing Offense 30 273.9
Defense Rank Yards/Game
Total Defense 19 340.6
Rushing Defense 30 156.3
Passing Defense 2 184.2


Defensive coordinator George Edwards served in the same role with the Redskins in 2003 working under then-head coach Steve Spurrier. He was previously assistant defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the Redskins in 2002.

Secondary coach George Catavolos was defensive backs coach for the Redskins from 2002-03.

Wide receivers coach Stan Hixon served in the same role with the Redskins from 2004-09. He coached under Joe Gibbs from 2004-07 and Jim Zorn the last two years.

Offensive tackle Cornell Green was with the Redskins during 2000 training camp.


-- A New And Improved FedExField

The Redskins have announced new improvements to FedExField for the 2010 season.

Among the improvements to the facility include the installation of new HD video boards, a complete replacement of the stadium's video control room, a new text message traffic alert system, installation of the locker of the late Sean Taylor for viewing on the club level, and club level party decks.

"Everything we are doing is focused on continuing to improve the gameday experience for fans at FedExField," Redskins chief 0perating officer David P. Donovan said. "We believe fans will really feel the impact of these improvements."

The HD video boards are accompanied by eight new digital ribbon boards to provide fans with out-of-town scores, statistics and more, all monitored and operated from a state-of-the-art control room located on the Owner's Club Level.


The improvements will allow for simultaneous multi-angle game highlights and replays, game graphics and other high definition content.

"When the stadium was first built, high definition didn't exist at the time in this capacity," Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder said. "So we said, 'Hey, this is a real opportunity,' so we upgraded it...It's important that we keep up with the quality of entertainment. This is really state of the art."

-- Traffic Alerts Via Text Messaging

For the 2010 season, the Redskins will provide traffic alerts via text message, giving fans access to regular updates on the best routes to use to get to FedExField on gameday.

The service will provide information on gameday bottlenecks to avoid up until kickoff, as well as announcements on any post-game traffic issues that arise to help fans get to and from the stadium for every home game.

Redskins staff will monitor traffic on the Beltway, Landover Road, Arena Drive and Central Avenue to provide up-to-the-minute updates. Fans can opt-in to these alerts by completing the signup form at

The Redskins also have updated route guidance to the stadium to give fans alternatives to Beltway exits 15, 16 and 17, including turn-by-turn guidance so fans from Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia can enter the stadium grounds from the west on either Landover Road or Central Avenue. This information and more can be found online at

-- How the Redskins' 80-Man Roster Was Built

The Redskins have 25 players on the roster that the team drafted, including 2010 first-round pick Trent Williams and 2009 supplemental draft pick Jeremy Jarmon.

Mike Sellers is the longest-tenured Redskins. He had a stint with the Redskins in 1998-2000 and rejoined the team in 2004.

Washington has used unrestricted free agency to acquire 28 players, including Casey Rabach in 2005, Andre Carter in 2006, London Fletcher in 2007, DeAngelo Hall in 2008, Albert Haynesworth in 2009 and Ma'ake Kemoeatu in 2010.

Nine Redskins players were acquired as undrafted rookie free agents. This group includes offensive linemen Stephon Heyer and Edwin Williams and cornerback Byron Westbrook, all local products.

The team has acquired six players via trade, including Clinton Portis, Santana Moss, Donovan McNabb, Adam Carriker and Jammal Brown.

The Redskins have claimed just one player off waivers: cornerback Ramzee Robinson.

-- London Calling

Middle linebacker London Fletcher played for the Bills from 2002-06 and led the team in tackles every season.

He had his best season with the Bills in 2006, recording 157 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Fletcher has been one of the NFL's most consistent and productive defensive players throughout his 10-year career.

That continued last season, his third in the nation's capital, as the 5-foot-10, 245-pound Fletcher earned his first Pro Bowl berth after starting all 16 of the team's games and leading the Redskins with 172 tackles.

Last year also marked the 11th straight in which he recorded at least 100 tackles, dating back to 1999 when he was in his second season with the St. Louis Rams.

-- Dockery's Home

In March 2006, Derrick Dockery signed a lucrative free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills.

Dockery spent two years with the Bills but never truly felt at home.

So when the Bills released him two years ago, he quickly signed back with the Redskins, the team that drafted him in 2003.

He felt at home again.

"I just believe it was meant to be for me to be here," Dockery admitted. "Everything happens for a reason and I'm just elated to be back. This is where I belong."

-- Haslett And the Bills

Before Jim Haslett was a high-profile head coach and defensive coordinator in the NFL, he was a 1979 second-round draft pick by the Buffalo Bills.

Haslett was an inside linebacker for eight seasons in the NFL, seven with Buffalo.

As a rookie, he would go on to win Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1979 and followed that up with an All-Pro selection in 1980.

Haslett is a Pittsburgh native.

He got his coaching start at the University of Buffalo in 1988 where he served as a linebackers coach. He was named defensive coordinator at the University of Buffalo in 1989 and served in that role for two years.

-- Gailey Takes Over In Buffalo

When last the Redskins saw Chan Gailey, he was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 1998-99.

Gailey guided the Cowboys to four wins over the Redskins in that span.

Now Gailey is the head coach of the Bills. He had a stint with the Miami Dolphins from 2000-01 and was head coach at Georgia Tech from 2002-07.

He was with the Kansas City Chiefs as offensive coordinator in 2008.

-- Wang An Ashburn Native

In the fifth round of last April's NFL Draft, the Bills selected offensive tackle Ed Wang from Virginia Tech.

Wang grew up in Ashburn, Va., where the Redskins have their year-round practice facility. He attended Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Va.

Wang is the first Chinese-American player drafted into the NFL.

He is not expected to play in Friday's preseason game, however. He is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his hand on Aug. 5.

-- FedExField Attendance

FedExField is the largest stadium in the NFL with 91,704 seats.

It is more than 11,000 seats ahead of the second biggest stadium, the new Cowboys Stadium. (Cowboys Stadium is expandabe to seat up to 100,000.)

The Redskins set a single-game attendance record--90,910--in a Dec. 30, 2007 game against the Cowboys.

-- What's Next?

After the Bills preseason game, the Redskins host the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField.

It's the fifth time in the last six years that the Redskins play the Ravens in preseason.

Last year, the Ravens defeated the Redskins 23-0 at M&T Bank Stadium.

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