The 6-7 Washington Redskins travel to Buffalo to take on the 6-7 Bills on Sunday afternoon. Washington defeated the Chicago Bears 24-21 last week to remain tied for first place in the NFC East. It was also the first road victory of the year for the Redskins who have yet to win back to back games this year. The Bills were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles 23-20 and dropped 2 games behind in the AFC Wildcard race. While the Bills are still alive, they would need help from other teams even if they were to win out the rest of the year.
Kirk Cousins had another efficient game against the Bears as he completed over 77% of his passes and finished with a quarterback rating of 88.4. He was 24 for 31 for 300 yards and 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He also had 4 rushes for 13 yards including a 3 yard touchdown run in the second quarter. His favorite target was Jordan Reed who had 9 receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown. Matt Jones led a balanced rush attack by gaining 62 yards on 18 carries. If there was a negative for the offense it was they allowed Cousins to be sacked 3 times for a loss of 25 yards. Defensively, they allowed the Bears to gain over 400 yards on offense but sacked Jay Cutler 3 times and had 4 tackles for losses. They also recovered a fumble in the second quarter and limited the bears to 88 rush yards on 22 carries.
Buffalo had a chance to win this game on the last possession but Tyrod Taylor was intercepted with a minute left killing any chance at a Bills rally. Taylor had a mixed day as he completed 19 of 36 passes for 268 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. His favorite target was Robert Woods who had 5 receptions for 106 yards. Sammy Watkins also had a productive day as he gained 81 yards on only 5 receptions. LeSean McCoy led a balanced run game with 74 yards gained on 20 carries. Defensively, they were only able to sack Sam Bradford once and had 3 tackles for losses. They did intercept Bradford in the fourth quarter but weren’t able to capitalize and were forced to punt. Philadelphia was only able to average 3.4 yards per carry as they gained 116 yards on 34 carries.
The Bills are 5-7-1 against the spread this year including 2-4-1 on the road. The Redskins are 6-7 against the spread this year including 4-3 at home. The Bills led the NFL last year with 54 sacks but are third lowest in the league this year with 19. Kirk Cousins has a 111.5 passer rating at home this year and has thrown 11 touchdowns with 0 interceptions in his last 6 home games. The spread for this game is even and Washington has home field advantage.
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