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Redskins-Bills Film Review: Defense
Against four or fewer rushers, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was 16-of-21 for 176 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a 34-yard pass interference penalty. His passer rating was 112.4.
Against five or more rushers, Fitzpatrick was 5-of-6 for 86 yards and two sacks. His rating was 118.8.
As advertised, Fitzpatrick relied on quick throws to move the offense. He made fast decisions and got the ball out on time, which limited the Redskins‘ pass rush. And when the Redskins‘ coverage broke down, he made them pay with accurate throws that exploited the weakness.
NT Barry Cofield dropped in coverage on ILB London Fletcher‘s interception. He lined up in his normal down position as if he was going to rush the passer, but he dropped into coverage after the snap. I don’t remember seeing this ever before. Something to ask about this week.
Hey, what do you know? The Redskins actually recovered a fumble. After QB Ryan Fitzpatrick lost the exchange from center in the first half, RB Fred Jackson dropped the ball when he tried to scoop it and run. It rolled to OLB Brian Orakpo, who wisely fell on it. It was only the defense’s fourth fumble recovery in 16 chances this season.
ILB Keyaron Fox was uneven in rotating with Rocky McIntosh. His open-field tackle of RB Fred Jackson on a second-quarter screen saved a first down and maybe a touchdown. It was an exceptional form tackle. He also shed C Eric Wood and stopped a running play at 4 yards late in the first quarter. On the flip side, he was involved in Jackson’s 43-yard run to start the second half.
Fox impressed during the preseason, and I’d be interested to see him play more because he’s a good tackler. McIntosh, however, has played rather well overall this season, according to what defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said last week.
FS Oshiomogho Atogwe noticeably limped in pursuit of RB Fred Jackson on a second half reception. Atogwe showed no explosiveness when Jackson forced him to quickly change directions. Atogwe was quiet again on Sunday during his Canadian homecoming.
The defensive line was inconsistent overall. DE Stephen Bowen was moved out too frequently early in the game but was better in the second half. NT Barry Cofield was fairly quiet, as well. DE Adam Carriker occupied two offensive linemen on at least three running plays that I counted. Golston had a very good game.
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