Washington chasing first Buffalo win since 1987
WASHINGTON (1-1) at BUFFALO (1-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Buffalo by 9 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
AGAINST SPREAD: Buffalo 1-1, Washington 0-2.
SERIES RECORD: Bills lead 9-6.
LAST MEETING: Bills defeated Washington 24-9 on November 3, 2019, in Orchard Park, New York.
LAST WEEK: Washington beat the Giants 30-29; The Bills beat the Dolphins 35-0.
WASHINGTON OFFENSE: GENERAL (22), RUSH (6), PASS (20), SCORE (17)
WASHINGTON DEFENSE: GENERAL (25), RUSH (23), PASS (24), SCORING (16)
BILLS OFFENSES: GENERAL (21), RUSH (15), PASS (26), SCORE (12)
DEFENSE BILLS: GENERAL (2), RUSH (7), PASS (2), SCORE (4)
TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Even invoices; Washington itself.
WASHINGTON PLAYER TO WATCH: LB Jamin Davis. The first-round pick who has yet to be his playmaker while slowly adjusting to pro play has the chance to balance the race and pass the blame against Buffalo QB Josh Allen.
BILL PLAYER TO WATCH: Allen, more with his legs than with his throwing arm. Washington struggled to contain Giants QB Daniel Jones on the ground last week, and Allen will have the chance to add to his total of 79 rushing yards for the season.
KEY MATCHUP: Washington WR Terry McLaurin vs. Bills CB Tre’Davious White. Offensive coordinator Scott Turner and quarterback Taylor Heinicke enjoyed targeting McLaurin against the same defenseman in back-to-back games against the Giants and will likely try that again at Buffalo.
KEY INJURIES: Washington TD Matt Ioannidis injured his knee against the Giants, and RB Antonio Gibson is expected to play despite a battered left shoulder. … Bills DT Star Lotulelei now has a groin injury after missing the season opener with a calf problem.
SERIES NOTES: The Bills have won seven of the last eight meetings. Washington’s only victory in that streak came in 2015 at home. â¦ Before that, the last time Washington beat Buffalo was the Super Bowl after the 1991 season. It was the second of four straight Super Bowl losses for the Bills and Washington’s most recent championship. â¦ Washington hasn’t won at Buffalo since 1987.
STATS AND THINGS: Bills coach Sean McDermott takes on Ron Rivera of Washington, who hired him as defensive coordinator in Carolina. â¦ Rivera and Buffalo defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier were teammates with the Chicago Bears for two seasons in the mid-1980s.â¦ Heinicke is making his second straight start after replacing injured veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in Game 1 of the season at Washington. … Heinicke was 34 of 46 for 336 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Giants. â¦ Counting the playoffs, Heinicke’s 93 goals are the most players in his first three NFL starts. … RB Jarret Patterson returns to western New York State after a successful career at the University of Buffalo. Patterson was on the team as an undrafted free agent and has run twice for 9 yards so far this season. â¦ McLaurin recorded a career-high 11 receptions in Week 2 and finished with 107 yards and one touchdown. … DT Jonathan Allen has just finished his fourth career game with two sacks. â¦ Josh Allen threw for 179 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 35 yards during the Miami Buffalo blowout last week. … RB Zack Moss tied a career-high with two rushing touchdowns against the Dolphins. … 2020 All-Pro WR Stefon Diggs averaged 128.3 yards against Washington. … The Bills have failed to allow their opponents to score in the first half this season, the franchise’s first two-game streak in this department since 1999. … DE Gregory Rousseau is tied for the lead recruits with two quarterback sacks. â¦ White led Buffalo with nine tackles last week. â¦ CB Taron Johnson against the Dolphins became only the fifth Bills player since 1999 to sack, forced fumble and two defended passes in a game.
FANTASY TIP: Buffalo’s defense is already the envy of fantasy owners leaning on other teams, and this unit could be ready for another great performance. But don’t count on Washington after a rough start. From Chase Young and Montez Sweat in high school, there’s too much talent on the Washington defense to keep fighting like this.