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Bills win big on blitzes

Here's a final look back at the Bills-Redskins game: The Bills won big on blitzes on both sides of the ball.

Washington entered the game as a big blitz team. By blitz we mean rushing five or more players at the passer. Washington was blitzing on 44.7 percent of opponents' pass plays. But the Redskins' blitzes didn't work well against Ryan Fitzpatrick. Washington rushed five or more on 9 of 31 Bills pass plays (that's 29 percent). Fitzpatrick was 5 of 6 for 86 yards on those blitz plays. He was sacked twice on blitz plays.

The Bills' defense blitzed 29.5 percent of the pass plays against Washington. Redskins QB John Beck was 5 of 11 for 56 yards with one interception on those plays. He was sacked on two of the Bills' blitzes. For the season, the Bills are at 22 percent blitzing. Seven of the Bills' nine sacks came on plays in which they rushed only four men.

The blitz figures to be a big factor this week, too, since the New York Jets typically have been one of the most aggressive blitz teams in the league.

---Mark Gaughan


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