The Washington Redskins have started the 2013 NFL preseason well, defeating the Tennessee Titans 22-21 and the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-13. Now with a record of 2-0, the Redskins will face the Buffalo Bills, whose 2013 pass heavy offense will test the Redskins’ secondary and provide valuable experience to rookie prospects.
So far, the Redskins have faced two traditionally run-heavy offenses. The Titans, with star running back Chris Johnson and capable backup Shonn Greene who combined for 92 yards and two touchdowns on only seven carries, gave the Redskins’ defensive line and linebackers a taste of regular season caliber play. Redskins’ rookie safety Bacarri Rambo also got a taste of NFL talent when Johnson easily faked Rambo out on a tackle that would have saved the 58-yard touchdown run.
The Redskins’ secondary held the Titans to only 143 yards passing and one touchdown.
The Steelers were already hurting at the running back position with Isaac Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling out with injury, thus minimizing their run attack. Further, rookie star prospect Le’Veon Bell was injured early in the game after only four carries for four yards. Therefore, the team only rushed for 95 yards on 27 attempts with Jonathan Dwyer leading the way with 68 yards on 14 carries.
The Steelers’ mix of quarterbacks passed for 205 yards, but with 37 attempts it would look as if the Redskins’ secondary did their job.
Now, the Redskins will face the Bills, who have opted to pass 54 percent of the time. So far this preseason, they have passed for 546 yards while only rushing for 189 yards.
The Bills have had a battle at the QB spot between rookie E.J. Manuel and veteran Kevin Kolb all preseason. However, when Manuel was almost guaranteed the starting job, he was recently injured, so the Bills will look to see Kolb and third string QB Jeff Tuel to pick up the slack.
With Manuel out, the Bills will opt for a pass heavy offense to let their quarterbacks compete and make sure at least one of them is ready for Week 1. This will be a great test for the Redskins’ secondary.