Bills Lose Preseason Opener

August 9, 2012 Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 8:47 AM EDT

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Bills Lose Preseason Opener

August 9, 2012 Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 8:47 AM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, NY (WKBW) Luckily it's only the preseason. The Buffalo Bills put together an up and down performance in the team's exhibition opener on Thursday night against the Washington Redskins and Robert Grifin III. Buffalo fell to the Skins 7-6.

It was not a good night for the first team offense. Ryan Fitzpatrick struggle with his accuracy. The Bills first unit only produced a single first down on four first quarter drives, and was held to a single field goal.

Fitzpatrick finished the night completing 6 of 14 passes for 61 yards. The Bills did not run the ball with the first team offense.

"We wanted to get in the no-huddle and spread the ball around a little bit. We did not do a very good job of executing., said Fitzpatrick at halftime. "It is the first preseason game for us, an so we knew there was going to be some sloppy stuff. There was no game plan", continued Fitzpatrick.

Tight End Scott Chandler hauled in two catches for 32 yards in the first half. Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson finished with two catches for 21 yards and had a touchdown called back on an illegal formation call.

The defense faired better in the debut for Mario Williams and the Bills new 4-3 defense. The unit forced the Redskins to go three-and-out on their first drive, and then forced a fumble on Washington's second. George Wilson recovered a fumble which led to a Rian Lindell 43 yard FG in the first quarter.

The Redskins broke through on their third drive led by rookie quarterback Griffin III. The Heisman Trophy winner finished the night 4 of 6 for 70 yards and a touchdown.