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QUARTERLY REPORT / Mark Gaughan breaks down the game quarter-by-quarter

FIRST QUARTER / Quick strike

Bills tight end Scott Chandler had a quiet past couple of weeks, catching just one pass each of the last two games. He made his presence felt right away Sunday, catching a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to give the Bills a 7-0 lead.

The catch gave Chandler five TDs on the season, the most by a Bills tight end in six seasons, since Mark Campbell caught five in 2004.

Chandler got behind Redskins linebacker London Fletcher on the play. The strike, down the left sideline, capped an 80-yard drive.

Key plays: Fitzpatrick threw a perfect 26-yard pass over the middle, just over the arm of a 'Skins linebacker, to David Nelson to start the scoring drive. ... Spencer Johnson made a nice play in space on the first drive by coming up to tackle Donte Stallworth on an end around to the right.

Second-guess: Like so many players this year, Redskins kickoff return man Brandon Banks made a bad decision by taking a big hang-time kickoff out from 4 yards deep in his end zone. He was tackled at the 'Skins 14 to create a bad drive start.


SECOND QUARTER / London calling

The Bills had a chance to break the game open late in the second quarter, but London Fletcher prevented it.

On a third-and-goal play from the Redskins' 7, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw over the middle for Stevie Johnson. Fletcher was in coverage and had his body between the receiver and the ball. Johnson could not take another step, and Fletcher pivoted and made a nice diving catch for the interception.

It was Fletcher's 215th straight game. He never has missed a game in his 14-year career. It was the 170th straight start for Fletcher, who excelled for the Bills from 2002 to 2006. The start streak is the longest among active NFL linebackers.

Key plays: The Bills lost their first fumble of the season when Fitzpatrick dropped the snap from center and Washington recovered.

Sack explosion: The Bills had four sacks in the quarter, equaling their total for the first six games combined. Dwan Edwards, Marcell Dareus, Jairus Byrd and Arthur Moats had the takedowns. The Byrd sack was the biggest. It knocked the Redskins back 9 yards on a third-and-16 play from the Bills' 22. That forced a 49-yard field-goal try, which was blocked.


THIRD QUARTER / Freddie in zone

Fred Jackson showed he's a big-play runner once again on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter.

Jackson ran off left tackle through a big hole then bobbed and weaved his way down the left sideline for 43 yards to the Washington 37. David Nelson motioned back toward the line and had a good block. Guard Chad Rinehart made a big block on Stephen Bowen with help from center Eric Wood. It sent the Bills off and running on a seven-play, 80-yard drive to a touchdown that made it 20-0.

"Me and Eric doubled up and got a lot of movement, it felt like," Rinehart said. "It was an inside zone to the left."

It was the 10th "big-play run" -- of 20 or more yards -- for Jackson this season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick capped the march with a 15-yard TD pass to tight end Scott Chandler.

Key plays: Fitzpatrick kept the scoring drive alive by making an accurate throw on the move on a 7-yard pass to Stevie Johnson to convert a third-and-4 situation at the Redskins' 31. The Bills got three more sacks in the quarter.


FOURTH QUARTER / Reserves zero in

The only suspense in the fourth quarter came in the final minute as the Bills were trying to preserve their shutout.

The Redskins marched from their 35 into Bills territory, as the Bills had most of their defensive backups on the field. Two key defensive plays sealed the shutout. Cornerback Leodis McKelvin had perfect coverage on Washington receiver Leonard Hankerson on a slot pattern in the end zone. McKelvin batted the ball down. Then Kirk Morrison sacked John Beck for a 10-yard loss. On a desperation fourth-down play from the 24, Beck was flushed from the pocket and overthrew a triple-covered Jabar Gaffney in the back of the end zone.

Key plays: A 44-yard field goal try by Rian Lindell bounced off the right upright.

Second-guess: The Rogers Centre fans deserved a fun game and got it. But they could have helped the Bills' offense out a bit midway through the quarter. The Bills were in Redskins territory, and the crowd had a wave going around the stadium. The scoreboard read "Quiet please, Bills at work" but the fans were having too much fun to stop.

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