Bills shutout Redskins, improve to 5-2

October 30, 2011 Updated Oct 30, 2011 at 9:40 PM EDT

By Jeff Russo


Bills shutout Redskins, improve to 5-2

October 30, 2011 Updated Oct 30, 2011 at 9:40 PM EDT

Toronto ( Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey admitted on Sunday that he was scared to death to see how his team would respond coming off the bye week. Obviously he had nothing to worry about.

Led by a dominating performance by the defense, the Bills shutout the Washington Redskins 23-0 on Sunday in Toronto to improve to 5-2 on the year. The win was the Bills first regular season victory inside the Rogers Centre, and first shutout since 2006.

Gailey said the number one priority during the bye week was finding a way to improve the pass rush and the defense responded by sacking Redskins quarterback John Beck 9 times. The 9 sacks were the second most in franchise history, most since 1964.

Rookie Marcell Dareus led the way with 2.5 sacks. The rookie started at nose tackle for the injured Kyle Williams and was a disruptive force for most of the game. Dwan Edwards, Chris Kelsay, Kirk Morrison and Jairus Byrd also added sacks. Nick Barnett and Arthur Moats were both credited with a half.

All told the Bills defense held the Redskins to only 178 net yards, including only 26 yards rushing. George Wilson and Jairus Byrd came up with interceptions

The Buffalo offense was led by running back Fred Jackson. Jackson had another big day rushing for 120 yards, he also added another 47 yards receiving. Jackson became the first Bill to go over 1,000 yards from scrimmage in the first 7 games of a season since Thurman Thomas back in 1991.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had a solid night. Fitzpatrick bounced back from a lost fumble, and an interception to complete 21-27 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Scott Chandler was on the receiving end of both touchdowns. Chandler now has a share of the Bills franchise record for touchdowns by a tight end in a season with six.

Next up for the Bills a huge match up with the 3-and-3 New York Jets Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.