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Buffalo Bills vs. Washington Football Team: Rookie review

Rousseau held in check; Brown sees the field in limited capacity

The Buffalo Bills put a 43-21 whooping on the Washington Football Team thanks to the combination of an opportunistic defense and Josh Allen re-discovering his MVP-caliber form. Allen was able to avoid Washington’s stable of pass rushers while delivering on-time or off-schedule throws. On defense, the secondary came up big with a forced fumble by Tre’Davious White and a pair of interceptions forced by both safeties. More about how each rookie performed against Washington below.


DE Gregory Rousseau

Washington’s offensive line performed pretty well in pass protection, and that certainly applies to Rousseau’s matchup with right tackle and fellow rookie Sam Cosmi. Rousseau just wasn’t able to get by his pure power, and was unable to dip and turn the corner smoothly. Where the defensive end did impact the game was in his play against the run. Cosmi proved no match for Rousseau’s natural length in that area, such as on a pitch play in the second quarter. The edge rusher quickly moved upfield, pushing the tackle back with his arms and stretching out the play so that Poyer could come in and take the runner down for loss. Rousseau being able to hold his ground in the run game was part of the reason Washington only finished with 78 rushing yards.

DE Carlos Basham Jr.

Basham’s name again appears on the inactive list, along with Efe Obada again. This will be worth tracking as the season progresses.

OT Spencer Brown

The trend has been that Brown sees the field for a handful of snaps as an extra offensive lineman and that continued this week.

OT Tommy Doyle

With Brown active and seeing the field, Doyle was listed as inactive against Washington, which should be a weekly occurrence this season, barring injury.

WR Marquez Stevenson

Stevenson was still listed on IR with a head injury, but this next week in his first opportunity to see activation.

S Damar Hamlin

Although he was active, Hamlin didn’t see any action in Week 3 like he did against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2.

OG Jack Anderson

On September 21, the Eagles signed Anderson to their 53-man roster and off of the Bills practice squad.