Final

Redskins 0

(3-4, 1-3 away)

Bills 23

(5-2, 4-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:05 PM ET, October 30, 2011

Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 0 0 00
BUF 7 6 7 323

Top Performers

Passing: R. Fitzpatrick (BUF) - 262 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: F. Jackson (BUF) - 26 CAR, 120 YDS

Receiving: F. Davis (WSH) - 8 REC, 94 YDS

Bills' sack-happy D buries John Beck, injury-riddled Redskins

Associated Press

TORONTO -- Turns out Canadians can warm to a winner.

Ryan Fitzpatrick quickly made his expensive new contract pay off, and the Buffalo Bills finally gave their adopted -- and sometimes indifferent -- fans north of the border something big to cheer about.

Fitzpatrick hit tight end Scott Chandler for two touchdowns, and the Bills' once-porous defense had nine sacks and two interceptions to batter the already injury-riddled Washington Redskins 23-0 on Sunday.

It marked Buffalo's first win in four trips to Toronto, since the cross-border series was established in 2008. They handed Redskins coach Mike Shanahan his first shutout loss in 24 seasons as an NFL coach or offensive coordinator, according to STATS LLC.

And surprise, surprise, the Bills were the ones drawing much of the applause days after safety George Wilson questioned Toronto fans' passion and loyalty toward Buffalo.

"That was one of the things coming in, give them something to cheer about. And I thought we did that today," said Fitzpatrick, who signed a six-year, $59 million contract two days earlier. "I think there was more excitement out there than there has been in years past."

Fitzpatrick did his part in helping the Bills (5-2) open a season with four consecutive "home" wins for the first time since 1995.

And the defense proved dominating, coming out of its bye week off in limiting the Redskins to 178 yards and 10 first downs.

"It was a great overall performance," said defensive end Spencer Johnson, who had a sack and blocked Graham Gano's 49-yard field-goal attempt in the second quarter. "To shut anybody out in the NFL, that's a big feat, a big accomplishment and a big step in the right direction."

The Redskins (3-4) have lost three straight and look nothing like the team that entered its bye week at 3-1.

"It's pretty humbling to take that," Shanahan said. "That's as bad as I've ever been involved with from the offensive side."

Washington continues to unravel as a result of a growing list of injuries that would put a dent into Canada's universal health care system.

Without running back Tim Hightower (knee), receiver Santana Moss (hand) and tight end Chris Cooley (knee), the John Beck-led attack managed 61 yards of offense and three first downs on six first-half possessions.

It didn't get much better in the second half.

Their second drive of the half ended when Beck was sacked for a seventh time attempting to convert a fourth-and-4. The next time out, Beck was intercepted by Wilson.

"I kind of don't have any answers right now," Beck said, making his second straight start since replacing Rex Grossman. "I'm trying to figure that out myself. This is the one you want to see the tape, because it will be very telling."

Beck went 20 of 33 for 208 yards.

With the Bills up 13-0 at the half, Fitzpatrick opened the third quarter with a seven-play, 80-yard drive, which he capped by hitting Chandler on a 15-yard fade in the left corner of the end zone.

Running back Fred Jackson had 120 yards rushing, and 74 receiving. With 1,074 yards from scrimmage, he became only the fourth Bills player to surpass 1,000 yards seven games into a season, and first since Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas in 1991.

The nine sacks is the second best total in team history, and two short of the record.

And they came with Buffalo minus two key starters, defensive tackle Kyle Williams (foot) and linebacker Shawne Merriman (Achilles tendon)

"I don't think anybody expected that," coach Chan Gailey said. "I'll be honest with you, I didn't expect that."

Rookie first-round pick Marcell Dareus' 2½ sacks led the way for a defense that entered the game with just four all season.

"I think this is the first complete game our team has played, and it's only the beginning," Dareus said. "The sky's the limit."

Fitzpatrick went 21 of 27 for 262 yards, and shook off a pair of turnovers and a big hit from linebacker London Fletcher.

Late in the first half, Fletcher caught Fitzpatrick high on the chest and bowled him over just as the quarterback completed a short pass to Jackson, who turned it into a 46-yard gain. Fitzpatrick was slow in getting up and then dropped to one knee.

After being attended to briefly by the training staff, Fitzpatrick stayed in the game to help set up Rian Lindell's 44-yard field goal to put Buffalo up 13-0 as time ran out.

"I think the whole team had a collective gasp when they saw him down there trying to suck air," Jackson said. "It was good for him to get back in there."

Game notes


There were notable pockets of Redskins fans throughout the Rogers Centre as part of an announced crowd of 51,579. Fans were late-arriving, as there were numerous empty seats throughout the 54,000-seat stadium. ... The Bills did blame a false start on the cheering fans for doing the wave on a third-and-1 at the Redskins 16 in the fourth quarter. ... Shanahan was the Broncos receivers coach in a 27-0 loss to the Bears on Sept. 9, 1984, the only other time he's been blanked, according to STATS.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSH
BUF
1st Downs1017
Passing 1st downs
1011
Rushing 1st downs
05
1st downs from penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
4-147-14
4th down efficiency
0-20-0
Total Plays5462
Total Yards178390
Yards per play3.36.3
Total Drives1113
Passing152252
Comp-Att
20-3321-27
Yards per pass
3.58.7
Interceptions thrown
21
Sacks-Yards Lost
10-562-10
Rushing26138
Rushing Attempts
1133
Yards per rush
2.44.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-21-3
Penalties4-596-35
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
21
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession25:0934:51

Passing Leaders

WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Beck20/332086.30210-56
BUFC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Fitzpatrick21/272629.7212-10

Rushing Leaders

WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Torain8141.806
Beck2105.007
BUFCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson261204.6043
Smith4143.506

Receiving Leaders

WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis89411.8024
Gaffney44010.0015
BUFRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson37424.7046
Johnson6579.5017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSHBUF
bufTD5:18Scott Chandler 20 Yard Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yds, 4:53
07
SECOND QUARTERWSHBUF
bufFG8:50Rian Lindell 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 42 yds, 2:19
010
bufFG0:02Rian Lindell 44 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 54 yds, 1:05
013
THIRD QUARTERWSHBUF
bufTD11:01Scott Chandler 15 Yard Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Rian Lindell Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yds, 4:04
020
FOURTH QUARTERWSHBUF
bufFG3:30Rian Lindell 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 40 yds, 4:22
023