2. Washington’s defense forces a turnover
Three fumbles and four turnover-worthy plays for Buffalo’s starting running back and quarterback through two weeks. While they haven’t paid too steep of a price just yet, Washington’s defense is primed to take advantage of such undisciplined play.
Having created two turnovers through two weeks, Washington was unable to cash in on a Daniel Jones that turns the football over by just thinking about it. In 2020, the Washington Football Team produced 23 takeaways, ninth in the NFL.
Coming off of their mini-bye week, Washington has shown the ability to create multiple turnovers and pounce on opportunities to take the ball away as they did against Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers.
Through two weeks, Washington’s defense ranks middle of the pack in nearly every defensive statistic. In the case of the Bills, they rank within the top of the league in terms of fumbles and turnover-worthy plays.
Devin Singletary has fumbled the football three times, Josh Allen has fumbled twice and Zack Moss has put the ball on the turf once. Allen has a turnover-worthy play rate of 4%, with four turnover-worthy plays on the year.
While Allen’s advanced numbers from EPA to CPOE are down significantly from last season, his fumbles and turnover-worthy play rate seem to be on the up as this season has begun. Could this be the game where he gets it right? Surely. But playing a Washington defense that looks like it’s best football is in front of them, while showing the ability to create turnovers, is a major point in favor of the WFT.
Buffalo and their offense looks to have found some relatively good luck after fumbling the football six times while their QB looks to have thrown nearly four interceptions to start the season. With that in mind, Washington’s defense is one that could make this Bills team pay for undisciplined offensive football.