The Washington Redskins kicked off their 2012 preseason with a 7-6 road win over the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 9 in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Redskins will take a 1-0 preseason record back to Chicago, where they’ll face their second preseason game against the Bears at Soldier Field on Aug. 18.
How the Redskins’ starters looked vs. Buffalo…
Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III looked very sharp in his first game as an NFL quarterback. He only played the first two series of the first quarter, but used the short time well. He completed 4-of-6 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown, leaving the game with a 145.8 passer rating.
Griffin’s touchdown pass went to four-year veteran receiver Pierre Garcon, starting his first game as a Washington Redskin. Garcon caught the pass on a screen and ran 20 yards for the score. Garcon finished the game with three catches for 58 yards.
“It felt really good,” Griffin told reporters after he was pulled from the game in the first quarter. “You know, we went out there, we went three-and-out on the first drive but came back with a good completion on the next drive and a really good drive on our third drive, so to put points on the board was great. Makes me feel good and it keeps the team confident.”
Griffin also spoke on connecting with his new receiver Garcon: “You know, me and Pierre are definitely gonna grow together. He’s still a young player, trying to help the Redskins win just like I am. He’ll definitely be a big part of our success. So me and him will continue to hook up.”
Perhaps even more impressive than Griffin’s play was the offensive line-play and the play-calling. Washington’s offensive game-plan was nearly flawless as they seemed to pick the perfect plays to place Griffin in position to make easy passes to open targets. And the offensive line did an excellent job blocking for both the run and the pass; Griffin went untouched by defenders as he stood tall behind the line, and Skins running back Evan Royster had plenty of running lanes to exploit.
On defense, the Redskins looked equally impressive as they kept Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to only 61 yards on just 6-of-14 passes completed. The Redskins’ defensive unit would have held the Bills’ starters scoreless, but Buffalo was able to score a field goal on a short field after taking advantage of a turnover by Washington.
How Washington’s backups finished…
The Redskins wanted to keep Griffin clean in his first official action, so ninth-year quarterback Rex Grossman took over the offense midway through the second. Grossman, who started 16 games for Washington over the last two seasons, didn’t look good in his first outing this season, completing just 2-for-10 passes for 22 yards.
Grossman was benched by the end of the second quarter for rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins, who didn’t look much better. Cousins completed 9-for-22 passes for 74 yards and an interception. Washington reserve running back Alfred Morris led all rushers in the game with 54 yards.
Washington’s second and third-string defensive units played well against the Bills, holding them to only three points through the last two quarters. Buffalo’s backup quarterback Vince Young, a former starter in the NFL, completed just five of 12 passes for 50 yards against Washington’s defense. Tyler Thigpen, another reserve quarterback for Buffalo, completed three of eight passes for 38 yards and an interception.