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  • Erica Blackburn

Washington's preview against the Bills

This week’s opponent for the Washington Football Team will prove to be a big test for the young ball team. Last season, the Buffalo Bills went to the AFC Championship game before succumbing to Kansas City. This game will be a barometer for Washington and will let the coaches know where they stand with the top teams in the league.

Defensively, Washington has its hands full with Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who has somewhat stumbled out of the gates to start the season. Though Allen hasn’t played up to his standard he has plenty of weapons around him, like Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders, and Devin Singletary.

“I think it starts with the quarterback – big, strong athletic guy, able to extend plays, tremendous arm talent, arm strength, tough guy to bring down, big, strong guy,” said defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. “They’ve got really skilled people; the backs are good runners. We just feel like it's a good group that we're going against and we're going to need to play well.”

“We just want to keep working on being a good football team. Understanding we're facing some talented people, I'm looking forward to the competition, really. It's a good group and a proud group and we know we're going to be challenged. We're looking forward to it.”

The key for Washington defensively is to start fast.

“We just want to go out and compete each week, learn from any mistakes that were made and continue to grow as we go forward and get better as the year goes on,” said Del Rio. “I think that's the case, regardless of where you start. Do you want to continually work on things? That's what us coaches do. We’re constantly striving for more, for better. The effort's been outstanding. The energy that we're playing with has been outstanding.”

Offensively, Washington has its work cut out for them. Buffalo can present a problem for The Team’s run game. Washington will have to remain patient in the run game against a tough defensive line. Also, the Bills secondary can cause havoc and impact play calling.

“Their defensive line, whether it's run or pass, they're very active,” said offensive coordinator Scott Turner. “They got about eight guys that they'll roll through there, so they always are fresh and they're coming after you.”

“It's (Bills secondary) a lot different than the teams we played the last couple of weeks. They were playing a lot more man coverage. There are different concepts that you'll get to, but then they mix it up as well. It's not that they don't just stay in one thing, so you got to have answers for the different coverages that they'll do.”

The Washington Football Team will play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at 1pm ET.

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