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Plays that defined 2019: Washington at Buffalo Bills, Week 9

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We take a look back at the plays that tell the story of the 2019 season

The 2019 season is behind us, but the stories live on. Every week brought a different narrative and we look back on the season to tell those stories through the plays that defined the game. Sit back and get ready for the tale of Week 9:

Washington at Buffalo Bills

Washington came to town with one victory and representing a challenger the Buffalo Bills should’ve taken care of with ease. Of course we all know that’s exactly what happened. A smothering defense kept Washington to three field goals. The Bills’ offense scored 17 points in the first half and coasted to a victory.


Josh Allen to John Brown third-down conversion (Q1, 3:06)

A look at the box score wouldn’t lead many to believe it was a good day at the office for Josh Allen—and with only 160 passing yards that’s a valid take. With only 20 attempts and a 70% completion percent, Allen took full advantage of the opportunities he had. This connection to John Brown was one such moment early in the game that led to points (Stephen Hauschka field goal). Despite the lack of gaudy stats, the offense consistently did what they needed to do.

Adrian Peterson long run (Q2, 13:37)

This play represents the mirage that Washington had a good day on the ground. Adrian Peterson’s final tally was 6.0 yards per carry and yes, all his runs counted. However, this 28-yard run followed two runs of 17 and 18 yards. These three runs accounted for over half his yardage for the day, and the drive resulted in a field goal. Aside from this series, Peterson was kept to 3.0 yards per carry.

Frank Gore goal line woes (Q2, 5:25)

On the other end of the spectrum, the Bills had 3.1 yards per carry as a team. Frank Gore’s rough day (11 carries for 15 yards) sunk the team average. Nowhere was this more evident than this goal line series. Three carries at the one-yard line resulted in zero yards. Being fair to Gore, the compressed formations used by Buffalo telegraphed the play and worked against their strengths. On the next play Josh Allen ran it in, adding insult to injury.

Tre’Davious White sack (Q4, 6:43)

Washington converted two of eleven third downs thanks to the Bills’ dominant defense. Still technically a one-score game in the middle of the fourth quarter Tre’Davious White swooped in for a sack. Now 4th and 19 backed waaaaay up in their own end there was little choice but to give the ball back to Buffalo. A choice they were quite familiar with up to this point.

Devin Singletary touchdown (Q4, 2:26)

After getting the ball back following the sack, Buffalo drove the final nail in the coffin for Washington with this Devin Singletary touchdown. Singletary had a stellar game with nearly five yards per carry on 20 attempts and 15 yards per catch to go with this touchdown. Buffalo leaned heavily on the run to control the game pace, rushing 39 times to 20 passing attempts.


Poll

Which play best defines the Bills’ victory over Washington?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Josh Allen to John Brown
    (34 votes)
  • 1%
    Adrian Peterson long run
    (5 votes)
  • 10%
    Frank Gore goal line woes
    (34 votes)
  • 44%
    Tre’Davious White sack
    (137 votes)
  • 32%
    Devin Singletary touchdown
    (100 votes)
310 votes total Vote Now