Buffalo Bills out­run Wash­ing­ton in 24-9 win

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer

OR­CHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) >> Rookie Devin Sin­gle­tary had 95 yards rush­ing, in­clud­ing a 2-yard touch­down, and the Buffalo Bills are off to their best start since 1993 fol­low­ing a 24-9 win over the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins on Sun­day.

Josh Allen had a touch­down pass and scored on a 1-yard plunge for the Bills, who im­proved to 6-2 — a record built on victories over some of the NFL’s worst teams.

The Bills’ wins have come against teams that en­tered this week­end with a com­bined record of 7-31. And their lat­est came against a team that’s al­ready fired its coach and was down to its third quar­ter­back, with rookie first-round pick Dwayne Hask­ins mak­ing his first ca­reer start. Wash­ing­ton (1-8) matched its worst start since 1998.

Sin­gle­tary took ad­van­tage of his most play­ing time this sea­son, ap­pear­ing to dis­place Frank Gore as Buffalo’s fea­tured run­ning back.

With three catches for 45 yards, Sin­gle­tary had a team-lead­ing 140 yards from scrim­mage. Allen went 14 of 20 for 160 yards, in­clud­ing a 6-yard touch­down pass to Cole Beasley.

With its two losses com­ing against AFC-lead­ing New Eng­land and Philadel­phia, Buffalo is en­joy­ing its best first half of the sea­son since a 7-1 start in 1993.

Hask­ins fin­ished 15 of 22 for

144 yards pass­ing and no turnovers while start­ing in place of Case Keenum, who is in the NFL’s con­cus­sion pro­to­col. That’s an im­prove­ment for the player se­lected 15th out of Ohio State. Hask­ins en­tered the game hav­ing gone 12 of 22 for 140 yards and four in­ter­cep­tions.

Where Hask­ins was no dif­fer­ent than Keenum was over­see­ing an of­fense that set­tled for field goals over touch­downs.

Wash­ing­ton’s touch­down-less streak sur­passed 13 quar­ters, dat­ing to Keenum’s 33-yard TD to Terry McLau­rin in a 17-16 win at Mi­ami.

Dustin Hop­kins ac­counted for all of Wash­ing­ton’s scor­ing by hit­ting field goals from 29, 33 and 39 yards, with two drives stalling in­side Buffalo’s 20.

Adrian Peter­son had 101 of his 108 yards rush­ing in the first half, top­ping 100 yards for the se­cond time this sea­son and 56th of his ca­reer.

Up 17-9, the Bills fi­nally put the game away in the fi­nal six min­utes, start­ing with cor­ner­back Tre’Davi­ous White sack­ing Hask­ins for a 9-yard loss. That forced Wash­ing­ton to punt from its own 4.

Buffalo’s of­fense re­sponded with an eight­play, 46-yard drive capped by Sin­gle­tary’s touch­down with 2:21 re­main­ing.

Buffalo led from the be­gin­ning af­ter build­ing a 17-3 lead on its first three pos­ses­sions.

The Bills’ run de­fense was sus­pect in the first half, when Peter­son had 101 yards on 10 car­ries.

Buffalo was com­ing off a 31-13 loss to Philadel­phia in a game it al­lowed a sea­son­worst 218 yards and three touch­downs rush­ing.

STUFFED

Gore was stopped for no gain on three con­sec­u­tive snaps from Wash­ing­ton’s 1 be­fore Allen scored on fourth down in the se­cond quar­ter. Gore was stopped once again on fourth-and-1 at Wash­ing­ton’s 24 to end

Buffalo’s first drive of the third quar­ter.

It didn’t get much bet­ter for Gore in the fourth quar­ter, when he was dropped for a 3-yard loss on thir­dand-1 from Buffalo’s 31.

ROS­TER MOVES

Wash­ing­ton an­nounced be­fore kicked it signed safety and spe­cial teams cap­tain De­s­ha­zor Everett to a three-year con­tract ex­ten­sion. He’s in his fifth sea­son with Wash­ing­ton af­ter be­ing pro­moted from the prac­tice squad.

Everett was in­ac­tive with an an­kle in­jury, miss­ing his fourth straight game.

The Bills on Satur­day shuf­fled their de­fen­sive line by pro­mot­ing Vin­cent Tay­lor off their prac­tice squad and cut­ting Kyle Peko.

UP NEXT

Wash­ing­ton: Bye week. Host the New York Jets on Nov. 17.

Buffalo: At the Cleve­land Browns on Nov. 10.

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JOHN MUNSON - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Buffalo Bills quar­ter­back Josh Allen cel­e­brates af­ter a 1-yard touch­down dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game against the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins, Sun­day, Nov. 3, 2019, in Or­chard Park, N.Y.

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