1. Can the offense play a complete game? The Redskins had touchdown drives of 82 and 80 yards last Sunday, so they're capable of moving the ball. But the point output — 19.3 points per game — is insufficient. Inconsistency and sporadic individual breakdowns are holding them back.
2. Which substitutes will take advantage of playing time? As Mike Shanahan said, the Redskins kept players for certain reasons. Receiver Niles Paul has sure hands and is a good blocker. Running back Roy Helu is explosive. They need to show it while several frontline starters are out.
3. Will John Beck build on his first start? Beck made many on-time, in-rhythm throws against Carolina, but he also missed a couple of reads and threw some passes off-target. Now that he has regular-season game tape to analyze, he must eliminate the mistakes.
4. Will the Redskins get to Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick? Buffalo has surrendered a sack on only 3.45 percent of its passing attempts, the lowest rate in the league. Brian Orakpo and other rushers must win individual matchups, and when they don't get home, get their hands up to disrupt the Bills' quick passes.
5. Will London Fletcher play? His hamstring injury has jeopardized one of the NFL's greatest feats. His streak of 214 games played is a testament to the linebacker's toughness, competitiveness and ability. The Redskins need their quarterback of the defense on the field.
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