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Points after: Redskins 7, Bills 6

By Tim Graham

Some quick thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 7-6 exhibition loss to the Washington Redskins tonight in Ralph Wilson Stadium ...

Star of the game: A few years back, the Bills' best player was Brian Moorman. That's how bad things were. They've since cultivated overachievers such as Fred Jackson and Stevie Johnson. They signed star pass-rusher Mario Williams. But Moorman was Buffalo's best player tonight. He averaged 43.2 yards on five punts with no touchbacks. They landed at the Redskins' 12-, 4-, 13-, 24- and 1-yard lines.

Play of the night: In the first quarter, Bills tight end Scott Chandler used every bit of his 6-foot-7 frame to catch a Ryan Fitzpatrick strike up the seam for a 26-yard gain despite being coverage by linebacker London Fletcher and safety Brandon Meriweather.

RG3 makes debut: Last year's Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III, played less than a quarter and finished 4 of 6 for 70 yards and a touchdown. He didn't throw any interceptions, but fumbled once. The Bills didn't sack him.

Young versus Thigpen: Vince Young wasn't spectacular through the air, but he showed remarkable athleticism when running the ball. He was spectacular on a few runs, including a 21-yard dash on a third-and-20 play. Tyler Thigpen had a rough night all the way around. He completed three of his eight throws for 38 yards and had an underthrown pass intercepted.

Worst series: In the second quarter and with Thigpen at quarterback, the Bills had first-and-goal from the Redskins' 3-yard line. They had six tries, thanks to a defensive-holding call on third down, and failed to score. Rian Lindell then missed a 22-yard field goal attempt.

Stat line of the night: The Bills committed eight false starts. They had 14 penalties for 134 yards.

Coming up: The Bills visit the Minnesota Vikings next Friday night at the Metrodome.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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