It's A Shame! Skins Shutout 0-23!

Not Even a Touchdown!

The Redskins' almost non-existent scoring drive is always a topic of discussion. Especially in the red zone.

Yesterday, it definitely was non-existent. Especially in the red zone.

Trick or Treat: Skins Ryan Torrain, last year, scoring a TD.
The Skins went scoreless against Buffalo Sunday in a 0-23 smackdown.

The only team in the NFL Sunday to score, and the only team to allow its quarterback to get sacked nine times (four times in the first half).

Count them: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9!

"No one expected that", said Bills' head coach Chan Gailey.

That alone has many asking where was the quarterback coverage?

Jason Campbell didn't even get sacked 9 times and we had a coach who wasn't even NFL head coaching material.

Beck lead the NFL Sunday in quarterback sacks, right behind Tim Tebow (whose QB aptitude is also questionable) with seven. Drew Brees and Kevin Kolb both were sacked six times, behind Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger who both saw grass in their faces five times.

The difference? All of the aforementioned teams scored.

Now, we have a coach who was lauded as the greatest NFL coach to come to Washington, (post Joe Gibbs era) since sliced bread and the team can't score in the end zone, not even via the trusty field goals the team has unfortunately relied on since the Jim Zorn coaching era.

As a result, the storied Mike Shanahan gets his first shutout of his coaching career.

“It’s pretty humbling to take that,” said Shanahan. "It's a tough one to take", he added, on being shutout.

Houston, we really have a problem here. A major one.

As a coach, what do you say to the fans? And please, no more of this "we'll have to take a look a the film and see what happened so we can learn from it and get better" mumbo.

If you're watching film to see where the break down is and you come back the following week and get broken up, watching film isn't helping.

What did you do, watching last week's film (or film from the two or three week before) that helped you in Toronto on Sunday?

As players, how do you not know who how to get at the men who are trying to get at your quarterback?

And please. No more of this "we have to learn from this and keep getting better" mumbo.

You're not getting better.

Two weeks ago coach Shanahan said, after he pulled Rex Grossman, that Beck would be the one to give this team a spark.

Well, the spark has fizzled, and the flame put out as America watched the Buffalo Bills' defense, offense, coaching, and play calling - all wrapped into one - dominate and decimate all over the Washington Skins.

Bills' tight end Scott Chandler caught two touchdown passes, that included a 15-yard catch at the start of the third quarter that gave the Bills a 20-0 lead that the Skins never recovered from.

Running back Fred Jackson rushed for 120 yards (74 yards receiving) in the Bills' first 4-0 start since 1995, at home.

Maybe it is Halloween. Maybe the Redskins did get tricked and treated to a smack down in 'Oh, Canada' by a team that showed up, and showed out. (View highlights, if you dare).

Said Bills' Fred Jackson, "As long as our defense is playing like that, we feel like we can beat anybody."

Jackson credits his teammates for "creating turnovers", and "getting sacks" that led to the shutout of the Redskins.

It was their first shutout since 2006 against the Miami Dolphins.

For the Redskins, it's back-to-the-basics for this 3-4 team that has lost its last three, with a coach that contractually, might be in Washington for four more years.

"There's going to be some good games, and there's going to be some games where you're a little off", said Shanahan.

What about the games where you're really off?


The Skins weren't the only Washington sports team to lose in Canada. The Washington Capitals lost in Toronto, as well.

The BrightSide (If any)
As far as any bright spot for the Redskins on Sunday? Perhaps a few.

A London Fletcher 2nd quarter Bills' QB pass interception (of all places, the Bills' end zone), a nice punt return for 25 yards from Brandon Banks, and Ryan Kerrigan's attack on the seemingly unstoppable running back Fred Jackson.

A few more to note.... as provided by Redskins Public Relations.

· Fletcher played in his 215 consecutive regular season game, tying him for most among active NFL players with Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber. He also started his 171st consecutive game, most among active NFL linebackers.

· Linebacker Brian Orakpo recovered the first fumble of his career in the second quarter. The fumble recovery was the Redskins’ first since Barry Cofield recovered a fumble in the second quarter of Washington’s Week 4 win against St. Louis on Oct. 2.

· Defensive end Kedric Golston’s third-quarter sack of Fitzpatrick gives Golston 1.5 sacks for the season. Golston is now 0.5 sacks shy of tying his career high for sacks in a single season.

· Defensive end Stephen Bowen tied a single-season career high in sacks, registering a half-sack to reach 3.0 for the season.

· Punter Sav Rocca placed two punts inside Buffalo’s 20-yard line. Rocca now has 16 punts placed inside the opponents’ 20 for the season, pushing Rocca past Tampa Bay’s Michael Koenen (15), who led the league entering the game.

· Fifty percent of Rocca’s punts (16-of-32) this season have been downed inside the 20. Entering this week’s games, Rocca led the league with 53.8 percent of punts placed inside the 20-yard line amongst punters with a minimum of 20 punts. No other punter with a 20-punt minimum had a percent above 44 percent.

· Rocca had six punts without a touchback against Buffalo, giving him zero touchbacks on 32 punts this season.

· Running back Ryan Torain had his first reception of the season in the third quarter.

· Running back Roy Helu tied a career-high in receptions with three, set previously on Sept. 18 against Arizona.

· Rookie wide receiver Leonard Hankerson had his first career catch in the first quarter, registering a 23-yard reception for the Redskins’ first third down conversion of the game.

· The Redskins held the Bills to zero points on Buffalo’s opening drive. The Redskins entered the game as one of six teams yet to allow a touchdown on their opponents’ opening drive.

· The Redskins held the Bills to a field goal at the end of the first half. The Redskins are now tied for second in the NFC for fewest points allowed in the final two minutes of halves (12 – Atlanta).

Redskins Injuries: Fred Davis (Grade 1 ankle sprain)

Redskins High School Coach of the Week
Tommy Reamon of Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, VA the Redskins High School Coach of the Week for the week of October 24, 2011. The Redskins High School Coach of the Week program is designed to recognize and reward excellence in high school football coaching. Coach Reamon is in his third season at Landstown High School and has an overall record of 106-90 in his 25 years of coaching. The Eagles are currently 6-2 on the season.