NFL Preseason Picks Week 1: Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo Bills: August 9th 2012
NFL Preseason Picks: August 9th 2012
Washington Redskins vs. Buffalo Bills
Current betting line: Washington (-2.5/35).
The Washington Redskins take on the Buffalo Bills on the road on Thursday night at 7pm from Ralph Wilson Stadium. This marks the debut of Robert Griffin III, the rookie from Baylor who Washington traded a boatload of top picks to acquire. Washington hasn’t had a franchise quarterback since Joe Theisman ran the offense in the eighties. Buffalo welcomes pass-rushing defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson.
Buffalo is coming off going 6-10 SU, 6-9-1 ATS and 11-4-1 OVER last year. They went 0-3-1 ATS last year in preseason, while Chan Gailey is 4-14 SU and 5-11-2 ATS as a coach with Buffalo and Dallas in preseason. Washington is coming off a 5-11 SU season, which included going 7-9 ATS and 7-8-1 Under. Mike Shanahan is 47-29 SU, 42-32-1 ATS and 30-38 O/U in preseason with Washington, Denver and Oakland.
The weather is expected to be humid, in the low seventies with a chance of thunderstorms.
In 2011, Buffalo shut out Washington at home, 23-0 in the regular season. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 262 yards and 2 TDs, while John Beck was picked off twice for Washington. Washington is looking to improve their running game, led by Roy Helu,, which averaged just 100.9ypg and ranked 25th in the league. Buffalo allowed 139 yards per game on the ground last season (28th). Helu rushed for 387 yards in the last four games last year. Their offense should show more variety with RGIII showing off his great speed when he gets flushed out of the pocket or on designed runs.
Both teams have veteran backups as the Skins go with Rex Grossman and Buffalo has Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen. Washington’s other rookie qb Kirk Cousins should see action in the fourth quarter.
Buffalo is dealing with injuries to center Eric Wood (knee) and wide receiver David Nelson (knee). Both will miss this game. Washington guard Chris Chester (ankle) is questionable for this contest.
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