Bills use Singletary to get by Washington

Devin Singletary was a huge part of the game plan in Buffalo's 24-9 win

Paul Hamilton
November 03, 2019 - 4:59 pm

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Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - The Bills are off to their best start since 1993 at 6-2 and that’s all that matters, but their 24-9 win over Washington was far from a masterpiece.

This was a game that featured two young quarterbacks, and both played like Tyrod Taylor - they managed the game.

John Allen did hit two big throws in the final drive that iced the game. He found John Brown for 17 yards, and then on 3rd-and-18 after a Quinton Spain holding penalty, he found Brown again on the sideline for 23. Devin Singletary scored from the two-yard line to ice the victory.

You hear Sean McDermott say all the time that they tune out the noise, but McDermott and his staff certainly listened to the fans this week. Singletary started at running back, and was pretty much the Bills' offense.

Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll never dials up a screen pass, but he did in this game to Singletary and it went for 49 yards to the Redskins' 37-yard line. Singletary had 20 carries for 95 yards, which is 4.8 yards per-carry. He also caught three passes for 45 yards.

When I talk about managing the game, Allen made safe throws, hitting 14-of-20 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown.

Dwayne Haskins made his first NFL start and he was 15-of-22 for 144 yards. Neither quarterback turned the ball over.

The only reason Washington was in the game is because they dominated the Bills at the line of scrimmage, allowing Adrian Peterson to run wild. In the first half, Peterson had 10 carries for 101 yards. The Bills couldn’t tackle him or track him down.

Leslie Frazier and McDermott made second half adjustments as Peterson only had seven yards on eight carries after intermission.

There were parts of this game that were very puzzling.

Late in the second quarter, Buffalo had 1st-and-goal from the one-yard line. They ran Frank Gore into the middle of the line three times and he was stopped. On fourth down, Allen snuck it in.

Daboll wasn’t done. It worked so well the first three times he tried it again on 4th-and-1, and guess what? Gore got stuffed again. In the fourth quarter, the Bills had 3rd-and-1 from the Bills' 31-yard line and you’ll never guess what play was called. Yup, Gore into the middle of a stacked line for a three-yard loss.

The Singletary touchdown was from two-yards out and came from a spread formation.

The Bills only out-gained Washington by 25 yards.

Micah Hyde said after the game that he’s done apologizing for a 6-2 record, especially since they were 2-6 last year.

Buffalo will try to make it 7-2 next Sunday in Cleveland.  

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