Five bold predictions for Redskins vs. Bills in NFL Week 9
5. Redskins limit Bills ground game, Josh Allen leads the team in rushing
The Redskins are going to have to make the Bills’ offense one-dimensional if they really want to win.
Or at least 1.5 dimensional.
The Redskins are going to have to force Josh Allen to make plays in order to beat them. Allen is an up-and-coming young quarterback, but he is prone to bouts of inaccuracy. When the ground game is going for the Bills, it’s a bit easier for him to deal with the inaccuracy, as his receivers will be more open. But without it, he’ll be forced to make plays. And that will be difficult.
The Bills have a couple of solid runners in Frank Gore and Devin Singletary, so the Redskins’ goal should be to contain them. Doing so to the 36-year-old Gore shouldn’t be a problem with the team’s elite defensive line. The rookie Singletary is a bit more shifty, but expect the ‘Skins to key in on him while he’s on the field. If they can bottle him up and make him work for yardage, that will afford their team the opportunity to make some stops and force Allen to throw.
But here’s where the 0.5 of that 1.5 dimensional offense comes in. Allen is a good scrambler, so he’ll be able to generate some yards on the ground himself. But if he ends up leading the team in rushing yards, that will be a big win for the Redskins, as it will mean that they (likely) bottled up the run game.
Allen should lead the Bills in rushing yards against the Redskins. The ‘Skins simply match up well against the Bills’ running game, and they’ll force them to beat them through the air. That will still be possible, but it will be a bit more difficult.