The Buffalo Bills had a few rough moments in their first two preseason games, but were largely very good in going 2-0 and outscoring their opponents 64-36. Any goodwill those two games earned the young team went out the window with this afternoon's 30-7 drubbing at the hands of the Washington Redskins.
A defense that ranged from good to great against Indianapolis and Minnesota was bad against Washington, who had racked up 299 yards of offense by halftime and finished with 452, 208 of which came on the ground. Rex Grossman and Pat White cut through the first-team defense with relative ease; Grossman hit Pierre Garcon for an easy touchdown to open the scoring, and White added a 14-yard scoring run in the second quarter.
Offensively, the Bills were only able to muster 151 yards on easily the group's worst performance of the preseason. The group only picked up eight first downs on the day, all of which came in the first half; the team managed six three-and-outs in the second half without once moving the chains.
Penalties remained an issue for the Bills, as well, as they committed another seven on the afternoon. Add in two turnovers to the yellow flags and the sloppy play in all three phases, and it's a virtual certainty that Doug Marrone will have a few more gray hairs on his flight back to Orchard Park than he had traveling down to DC.
The injury bug bit the Bills, as well: Kevin Kolb left the game after just two series (one of which was the Bills' lone scoring drive of the day) after taking a knee to the back of the helmet. His concussion-like symptoms will be something to monitor, considering Week 1 is quickly approaching and EJ Manuel is coming off of knee surgery. Stephon Gilmore left before halftime with a wrist injury, and Da'Norris Searcy was taken to the locker room for observation after a knock to the head, as well. Marcus Dowtin left the game in the second half with an undisclosed injury.
C.J. Spiller also appeared to be injured when he scored on a short touchdown run - he remained on the field, required help standing and eventually made it off the field on his own power - but the team appears to have dodged a bullet on that one. Spiller reportedly took a spike to the knee and had a cut; he returned to the field later in the half and took more carries, so he appears okay, at least. There's your silver lining for the afternoon.
We'll have more on the game tomorrow; for now, we'll lick our collective wounds as a fan base. (Hopefully in as civil a manner as possible.)