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Live Blogging from Bills-Redskins

Post-game -- All in all, not an auspicious day for Joe Gibbs. How in the world can a Hall of Fame coach NOT know that it's against the rules to call consecutive timeouts to freeze the kicker? It's not as if it hasn't been a major issue in the NFL this year. Gibbs claimed after the game that he asked the side judge if it was OK and the official said it was. I'm sorry, he should have known. And when you start trusting the judgment of the officials in this league, you're asking for trouble. Plus, lining up with only 10 players on the opening defensive play was an unnecessary symbolic gesture for the late Sean Taylor. It cost the Redskins 22 yards and wound up putting them deep in their own territory on an early possession. Taylor's death was an emotional event, and the Washington organization did a great job of honoring him before the game. But what sense is there in compromising your own team in the process of honoring him? It's an old cliche to suggest the departed person "would have wanted it that way." I hardly think that's what Taylor would have wanted.

0:08 left in the game -- Amazingly, the Bills have a chance to win the game with a field goal. The Redskins called timeout when Lindell was making a 50-yarder. Then they tried to call another, which is against the rules. The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty put the ball 15 yards closer. Lindell nailed it despite a bad snap and the Bills are celebrating on the field. It's 17-16, Buffalo.

4:34 left in fourth -- Bills hold the Redskins to three and out and have the ball back with a chance to win with a field goal. Edwards chased out of the pocket on second down, throws it away. A big third-and-8 coming up for the Bills at their own 32. Out of three wides, Edwards throws to Jackson in left flat. Jackson drops it, but he would have been short of the first down anyway.

6:33 left in fourth -- The Bills get yet another Lindell field goal and it's 16-14. Fred Jackson went 54 yards on a crossing throw from Edwards to put the Bills at the Washington 22. But on third-and-2, Dwayne Wright got stacked up for a 1-yard loss. Whenever the Bills desperately need to pick up short yardage with the run, their $100 million line doesn't seem to meet the challenge.

10:02 left in fourth -- Bills got another field goal from Lindell to make it 16-11. They had a first down at the 10-yard line, but a holding call on Langston Walker hurt them. They held the Redskins and will get the ball back at their 20 after a punt into the end zone. That was Washington's first punt of the day. Amazing that they have only 16 points. That's the NFL for you.

End of third quarter -- The Bills are back in business after Larry Tripplett's interception of a Jason Campbell pass. Campbell's throw was deflected into the air by Terrence McGee and Tripplett made a diving grab for the pick.

1:09 left in third -- Rian Lindell kicked a field goal to cut the lead to 16-8. Pretty reminiscent of last week, when the Bills hung around and were down only eight points (22-14) despite being soundly outplayed. Trent Edwards made a weak throw on second-and-6, bouncing a pass to Josh Reed in the right flat. Edwards seemed a little skittish on that one, dare we say Losman-like?

2:41 left in third-- Alert the media! Oh yeah, we are the media. The Bills just forced their first turnover since the Cincinnati game. Kyle Williams tackled Campbell as he crossed the line of scrimmage and Larry Tripplett drilled Campbell from the side, knocking the ball loose. Angelo Crowell recovered. That ends a drought of 14-plus quarters without a takeaway. The Bills have to take advantage.

4:12 left in third -- Brian Moorman shanked a 28-yard punt after a bad snap, setting the 'Skins up at their own 35-yard line. The Bills' special teams have struggled the last two weeks, at a time when they can't afford sub-par play from a unit that is normally a strength.

5:42 left in third -- Redskins finally punched the ball in the end zone, scoring on a 3-yard TD run by Clinton Portis to take a 16-5 lead over the Bills. Jason Campbell made some big throws during the drive, including a 13-yarder to tight end Chris Cooley on third-and-7 from the Buffalo 16. Cooley was covered man-to-man by Jim Leonhard, an undersized DB who had no chance. Cooley is killing the Bills today. The Bills could really use a tight end who can be a consistent weapon. Instead, they have Robert Royal, who has also killed the Bills today. He fumbled after a short reception in the first half. He was called for holding on the first play after a 29-yard catch by Lee Evans early in the third quarter, ruining that promising drive.

Halftime -- Here are some grim stats to chew over during your halftime snack: In six road games this season, the Bills have scored just 19 points in the first half. One TD in the first quarter, one in the second. It brings back bad memories of the 2003 season, when they went four straight road games without an offensive TD. They're still in the game, trailing 9-2, despite being badly outgained from scrimmage. As usual, dubious play-calling by the opposition has helped keep them in it. Al Saunders, the Redskins' highly paid offensive coordinator, insisted on calling passes in the red zone against the Bills' run defense. Trent Edwards seemed to get into a rhythm in the second quarter, so the offense should do better in the second half. Plus, it'll be interesting to see if Washington can sustain its emotional edge after the break.

8:19 left in second -- With the Redskins facing third and 11 at their own seven, Angelo Crowell came untouched up the middle on a blitz to sack Jason Campbell for a safety to make it 6-2. That's twice in the last three road  games that the Bills' first score was a safety. -- Jerry Sullivan

9:47 left in second -- The Bills' defense continues to live on the edge. In the first quarter, the Redskins held the ball for 13:31, had 112 yards passing and converted four of five third downs -- and still came away with only two field goals. The playcalling near the goal-line was curious at best on the second drive. On first and goal from the three, they threw incomplete. Then Jason Campbell got sacked twice. It's amazing how many teams refuse to test the Bills' soft run defense in short yardage situations. -- Jerry Sullivan

5:45 left in first quarter -- The Redskins played their first defensive play of the day with only 10 player, in an obvious tribute to Sean Taylor. The Bills' Fred Jackson ran around left end for 22 yards on Buffalo's first down play. Washington inserted free safety Reed Doughty into the lineup on the second play and the Bills had to punt after three plays.  Brian Moorman's punt was downed at the 'Skins 6-yard line. So the tribute to Taylor helped put them in bad field position. Was it really worth it? Is making a symbolic gesture for a fallen teammate worth compromising the team on the field? -- Jerry Sullivan

12:40 p.m. -- The band is at midfield, playing a mournful tune in memory of Sean Taylor. Taylor's image is on the video board, his left fist held high. On the other half of the board are the words, "Your silence is appreciated.' Now the PA announcer is eulogizing him to the standing crowd. The fans were told that Taylor's spirit is in the stadium, and asked them to feel it. Then a tribute was shown on the board. -- Jerry Sullivan

Noon -- No surprises on the Bills inactive report for today's game at FedExField. Marshawn Lynch and Anthony Thomas are out, which means Fred Jackson and Dwayne Wright will be the running backs. Chris Kelsay is out, which makes it even more imperative for Aaron Schobel to be a difference-maker at the other end. Coy Wire is out with a neck injury, which weakens the special teams coverage units. Jerametrius Butler is out with an injured calf. The Bills' secondary has been poor the last two weeks, and they really miss nickel back Kiwaukee Thomas.

The Redskins will be without fullback Mike Sellers and wideout Antwaan Randle El. That'll make it tougher for an average offense to take advantage of a Bills defense that has allowed 46 points a game over the last two weeks.

Defensively, of course, the Redskins are without the late Sean Taylor, who died of a gunshot wound early this week. Reed Doughty starts at free safety now for Washington. It'll be interesting to see if the Bills try to throw the ball down the middle of the field with Trent Edwards, or if they resort to the same timid, conservative offense they used in Jacksonville. I think they trust Edwards more than J.P. Losman, and they need to make big plays in the passing game to make the 'Skins pay for blitzing. Gregg Williams is sure to go after the rookie QB today.

-- Jerry Sullivan


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