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First-quarter analysis: Redskins make it look easy early

On a conference call with the Washington media this week, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan told reporters they would see his defense is "not as bad as you guys think."

He's right -- it might be worse.

The Bills offered no resistance in the first quarter Sunday against the Redskins, following behind, 7-0, after an 84-yard touchdown pass was capped by a 3-yard touchdown reception from tight end Jordan Reed. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins was a perfect 9 for 9 for 94 yards in the quarter.

Second guesses: The Bills have sprinkled in some Wildcat formation in recent weeks, but haven' found much success. That continued on their first drive when little-used receiver Marcus Thigpen took a jet sweep and lost a yard running to the right side. Later on the drive, the Bills sent offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio in motion. He looked about as comfortable doing so as I would if I was asked to land a plane. Not surprisingly, the Bills took a penalty on the play.

The whiff: Bills punter Colton Schmidt either apparently tried a drop kick, or simply dropped the ball attempting an Aussie-style punt following the Bills first' drive. The result was an ugly 17-yard punt that summed up the Bills' effort in the first quarter nicely.

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