The Washington Football Team needed a convincing win on the road as they headed up north to face the Buffalo Bills. Instead they were dominated by the Bills on both sides of the ball in a 43-21 loss at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. Below are key game notes from the matchup:
- Quarterback Taylor Heinicke completed 14-of-24 passes for 212 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed eight times for 21 yards and a touchdown.
- Heinicke is the first Washington QB to rush for a touchdown and throw a touchdown in a single-game since Case Keenum accomplished the feat in Week 16 of the 2019 NFL season.
- Wide receiver Terry McLaurin finished the contest with four receptions for 62 yards (15.5 avg.).
- Tight end Logan Thomas notched four receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown.
- Running back Antonio Gibson finished the contest with 12 rushes for 31 yards, one reception for 73 yards, and a receiving touchdown.
- Gibson’s touchdown reception was the second-longest touchdown reception by a running back in Washington history. The longest in Washington history was a 78-yard touchdown reception by RB Matt Jones against the New Orleans Saints in 2015.
- Gibson’s touchdown reception was the longest touchdown reception by a Washington player since WR Terry McLaurin had a 75-yard touchdown reception vs. the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 of the 2019 season.
- Gibson’s reception was the fourth-longest reception by a running back in Washington history, trailing Matt Jones (78-yard reception vs. NO in 2015), Clinton Portis (74-yard reception vs. Houston in 2006) and Chris Thompson (74-yard reception vs. Oakland in 2017).
- Linebacker Cole Holcomb recorded a team-high and career-high 14 tackles (10 solo) and one tackle for a loss.
- Cornerback Kendall Fuller registered 10 tackles (7 solo).
- Cornerback Benjamin St-Juste finished with seven tackles (5 solo) and a pass defensed.
- Defensive tackle Daron Payne notched two tackles (one solo) and two quarterback hits.
- Kicker Dustin Hopkins recovered his own kickoff for the first time in his career and made all three extra points he attempted.
- Punter Tress Way finished the game with five punts for 235 yards (47.0 avg.) and pinned one of his punts inside the 20-yard line.
The Washington Football Team will try to redeem themselves in their next contest when they face the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes Benz Stadium on Sunday, October 3rd at 1 p.m.