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Video Preview: Buffalo Bills vs. Washington

Buffalo looks to right the ship against a weak opponent

Buffalo Bills v Washington Redskins Photo by Larry French/Getty Images

For just the second time this season the Buffalo Bills are coming off a loss and looking to get back on track. This time they’ll be hosting Washington. Interim head coach Bill Callahan brings his one-win team to New Era Field looking for a spark in the second half of the season.

Defense needs to get back to their old ways

While the defense was not the biggest issue against the Philadelphia Eagles, they did have their second straight sub-par performance. They’ll especially look to shore up their run defense, which had a weak outing against the Eagles. On the other side of the ball they’ll be going up against future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson and potentially Trent Williams, who ended his holdout this week, but did not practice all week.

Will the offense show signs of life?

The defense eventually managed some stops against the Eagles, but they were all for naught as the offense did next to nothing with all of their opportunities down the stretch. On their final 30 plays they only managed 22 yards. That won’t be good enough to beat any team in the NFL—even Washington. Many criticized Daboll for getting away from what was a successful run game and also for not using rookie Devin Singletary enough. Whatever game plan Daboll has ready for Washington needs to result in more than 13 points.

No new faces around One Bills Drive

The NFL’s trade deadline came and went on Tuesday with no moves being made by the Bills. A lot of fans wanted general manager Brandon Beane to be active at the deadline, but after kicking the tires Beane held firm. Head coach Sean McDermott stood by his GM on Wednesday saying, “If there’s not a responsible move for us to make then we’re not going to make it. There’s been too many years of irresponsible decisions (in Buffalo.)”