Game That Defined 2021: Washington Football Team vs. Buffalo Bills

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At first it looked like Buffalo would run away with the game, taking a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. Washington recovered within a score, and then Buffalo remembered they really wanted to run away with the game. A few field goals to close out the half were followed by three unanswered scores in the second half. Washington implemented a foul weather TD to make it a bit more respectable.

Throw-in from Emmanuel Sanders (Q1, 10:53)

The Buffalo Bills opened the scoring quickly and Josh Allen put together a near perfect game. Four passing touchdowns, one rushing and 358 yards. It was Allen’s first dominating performance of the season. Pressure? What pressure?

Interception by Jordan Poyer (Q2, 11:48)

You can’t have a blowout without both sides of the ball playing a good game. That Jordan Poyer interception gave Bills an early lead. It was the second of three turnovers. The first two led to touchdowns at Buffalo. The third led to a field goal.

22-yard catch from Cole Beasley (Q2, 0:20)

Buffalo was working to set the tone at the start of the season. And that tone was aggressive. Even though the half was winding down and the Bills had full control, they tried to get even further ahead of Washington. That long pass to Cole Beasley was part of a 51-yard-in-26-second drive and ended in a field goal. Beasley had a big day, catching 11 of 13 passes for 98 yards.

Matt Milano tackles for loss (Q4, 11:42)

Even in desperation mode, Washington was shut down by Buffalo. Matt Milano’s fourth tackle for a loss ended that ride, highlighting another reason for the Bills’ dominance. Buffalo allowed just two third conversions on 11 tries and one of two fourth tries. Obviously, it wasn’t the one they allowed.

Josh Allen grounded (Q4, 10:38)

After the Milan shutdown, the Bills had a small field. There was no reason to do anything but milk the clock, but Buffalo’s aggressive manners have no qualms with one or two superfluous touchdowns.

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Which game best defines (illustrates) the Bills’ dominating performance against Washington?

  • 33%
    Emmanuel Sanders landing

    (46 votes)

  • 12%
    Interception by Jordan Poyer

    (18 votes)

  • 7%
    Cole Beasley Long Take

    (11 votes)

  • 30%
    Matt Milano tackles for loss

    (43 votes)

  • 15%
    Josh Allen Unnecessary touch

    (21 votes)

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