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Four Downs: Rousseau making an early impact at defensive end

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The Buffalo Bills are back at home on Sunday, ready to face off with the Washington Football Team. This edition of Four Downs has everything you need to get ready for kickoff this week, with updates on Gregory Rousseau, Emmanuel Sanders and more.

Rousseau making an impact early

Rookie defensive end Gregory Rousseau had a bit of a coming out party last week, with a dominating performance against the Miami Dolphins. Rousseau recorded his first two NFL sacks, along with three tackles-for-loss, and five combined tackles. The rookie also played 66 percent of the snaps in South Beach, a clear sign of confidence from the coaching staff.

As the Bills return home to face Washington, all eyes will be on Rousseau to see if he can maintain this momentum on Sunday. Rousseau and A.J. Epenesa are clearly the future at defensive end for the Bills, but if they keep playing as they did last weekend, that future could come very soon.

Cheers to Emmanuel Sanders

The NFLPA recognized Emmanuel Sanders as this week’s Community MVP for relaunching his foundation in Buffalo. While it is nice to see Sanders making an impact on the field (6 receptions for 100 yards), it’s great to see him embrace positive change in Buffalo area schools.

Podcast of the Week

One of my favorite shows this season is Off Tackle with John Fina, as the newest addition to the Buffalo Rumblings podcast network. John teams up with Joe Miller each week, and I love the rapport these guys have with one another. Of course John brings great perspective related to the offensive line, which has been a hot topic through two weeks. If you haven’t listened to the latest episode yet, you can catch it here.

Prediction - Bills 31, Washington Football Team 20

The Bills’ offense gets back on track, with Josh Allen throwing for over 300 yards on Sunday, thanks to plenty of targets (and receptions) for Cole Beasley. The defensive line has another great day, making for a long afternoon for Taylor Heinicke and the WFT offense.