It was one loss, but the ramifications seem so much larger. Suddenly, the strength of the Bills, their defense, doesn’t look so strong. Suddenly, the team’s weakness, scoring, seems even weaker. Expecting both sides to be fixed this week could be asking too much, but that is the expectation. The Bills are 5-2. The Redskins are 1-7 and probably starting a rookie quarterback. The outcome should be a Bills victory. Bills, 20-16.
The Bills get the perfect opponent at the perfect opportunity in Week 9. The Redskins, for lack of a better term, stink. The Bills have plenty to get right after getting blown out at home against the Eagles, but that will be forgotten with a strong showing against Washington. The key for the Bills will be to show they can stop the run defensively, forcing the Redskins to throw it with rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Offensively, the Bills need to establish Devin Singletary earlier in the game. Doing those two things should put the Bills on a path to what should be an easy victory. Bills. 27-13.
I don’t trust the Bills’ offense to lay 9 1/2 points to anybody. Washington’s defense is pretty stout along the line. I think the Bills are going to have to pass first to get the offense going and free up room for the run game. So that points to some sputtering and stuttering and a Washington cover. However, there is a wrench in this logic this week. One of my gambling rules: Always pick against a rookie QB on a losing team making his first road start. Presuming Dwayne Haskins plays, I have no confidence he will get much done against the Bills. Bills, 23-13.
The Bills’ defensive front has something to prove after allowing more than 200 rushing yards to the Eagles, and they’re about to get a heaping helping of Adrian Peterson. There’s a good chance Buffalo also faces rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins, and the Bills will need to capitalize on his inevitable mistakes. This is one of those games the Bills have to win, and should win handily, but after a number of close games against inferior opponents, I’m not sure they cover the spread. Bills, 17-9.
It’s no question the Bills want to have a better showing than they did last weekend against the Eagles, and the hapless Redskins give the Bills an ideal opportunity to rebound. Expect the Bills to open up their offense and flex their defense against the one-win Redskins, who have one of the league’s least productive offenses. The Redskins have scored more than nine points a game in only one of their last five games. Bills, 24-7.