REDSKINS HEAD TO CANADA FOR WEEK 8 GAME VS. BILLS
The Washington Redskins head north of the border in Week 8, as the team will face the Buffalo Bills at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Sunday, Oct. 30. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.
The Redskins enter the game with a 3-3 record after falling on the road to the Carolina Panthers last week. The Buffalo Bills are 4-2 and coming off of a bye in Week 7.
The game marks the first time in the Redskins' 79-year history that the team will play a regular season game outside of the United States. Both of the franchise's previous international appearances have come in the preseason, as the Redskins faced the San Francisco 49ers in London on Aug. 16, 1992 and faced the 49ers in Osaka, Japan on Aug. 3, 2002.
The game will be broadcast on FOX with Thom Brennaman calling the play-by-play, Troy Aikman providing color analysis and Pam Oliver reporting from the sidelines. The contest can be heard on the Redskins Radio Network with Larry Michael on the call and Pro Football Hall of Famers and Redskins legends Sam Huff and Sonny Jurgensen adding color analysis, and Rick "Doc"Walker reporting from the sidelines.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK:
The Redskins and Bills meeting for the 12th time in the regular season, with the Bills holding a 7-4 regular series advantage. The Redskins won the teams' only postseason meeting, defeating the Bills, 37-24, in Super Bowl XXVI.
The Redskins maintaining their status as the NFL's best third down defense (30.77 percent).
Ranks first in the NFC and sixth in the NFL in first downs allowed per game (17.3).
Ranks first in the NFC and the NFL in 3rd down percentage (30.77%).
Ranks first in the NFC and the NFL in sacks per pass attempt (10.71%).
A REDSKINS WIN WOULD:
Snap a two-game losing streak and improve the Redskins to 4-3 on the season.
Would snap a five-game losing streak to the Bills, giving the Redskins their first win over Buffalo since Super Bowl XXVI.
IT DOESN'T GET ANY EASIER:
The Redskins need a good performance with the new and improved San Francisco 49ers visiting Fed Ex Field next week. Coach Mike Shanahan on what he can do to turn things around; "When I took a look at the Carolina game, first of all, you took a look at our defense - we've been playing very physical throughout the year. I thought they did a good job of kind of keeping us off balance with the option, a little bit of their formations and shifts and doing some things with Cam [Newton] that we haven't seen a lot of. I have to do a better job of making sure that we're better prepared during the week because our defense is too physical and too good. Even though they are a top five team, I'm going to give them credit too. They have been pretty consistent through the season keeping defenses off balance. I have to make sure that I put them in situations more times than not to make sure that they feel very comfortable in every look that they see."
NOTES FROM LAST WEEK:
In his first start as a member of the Redskins, quarterback John Beck completed 22-of-37 passes for a career-high 279 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Beck also rushed for 10 yards and a touchdown.