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Buffalo Bills Shut Out Redskins North of the Border

The Buffalo Bills are back on the right track.

The Bills traveled north of the border, to Toronto, and for the first time had success, shutting out Washington 23-0, at Rogers Centre.

Buffalo (5-2) has opened the season winning its first four home games, something it hasn’t done since 1995. The Bills won their first regular season game in Toronto, since deciding to play one home game per season there (for five years), in 2008.

While the Redskins didn’t provide much of an opponent on this day, it was good to see the Bills get out to a lead and play a solid four quarters.

Washington’s offensive line allowed nine sacks and a Mike Shanahan team was shut out for the first time in his coaching career – a span of 267 games.

The Bills defense came to play, blocking a field goal, in addition to recording the nine sacks, two shy of a franchise record. First-round pick Marcell Dareus led the way with 2 1/2 sacks. Buffalo had just four sacks coming into Sunday’s game.

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Running back Fred Jackson continues to show that he’s one of the top backs in the league, rushing for 120 yards and also added 74 yards receiving.

Jackson has really been the key for the Bills, because his ability to establish the rushing attack, had made it easier for Ryan Fitzpatrick and the passing game to get going.

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Scott Chandler reemerged, catching two touchdown passes from Fitzpatrick, who has a brand new 6-year $59 million contract. I’m not sure if Fitzpatrick is a “franchise” quarterback, but he’s certainly continued to progress and has was it takes to win, something that’s not valued by traits such as strong arm or ability to scramble.

The Bills win, coupled with New England’s loss means that Buffalo is in first place after eight weeks, at 5-2.

That’s a far cry from last season, when the Bills sat at 0-7, at this point in the year.

Buffalo looks to go to 5-0 at home, next weekend, when they host the New York Jets in a huge AFC East matchup.

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