By Lewis Gould
WFT coach Ron River came right out and admitted it after the Bills blew Washington’s doors off 43-21.
“We’ve got a long way to go.”
“The truth of the matter is that we got beat today,” Rivera said. “My expectations were for us to play better than we did, to be honest.”
Let’s start with the defense, which allowed the Bills 29 first downs and 481 total yards on 12 drives, while failing to cause a single turnover.
More than that, however, Bills quarterback Josh Allen was able to stay clean for nearly the entire day, with Washington managing six quarterback hits and no sacks.
The result? Allen torched the WFT defense for 358 yards and four touchdowns.
“They did a nice job of protecting the quarterback,” Rivera said. “We didn’t get enough pressure on them when we had to. It allowed for their receivers to work a little bit longer downfield.”
But that’s not all. Washington also allowed 122 yards on the ground to the Bills committee rushing approach, including 60 yards on 13 carries for Zack Moss.
Unfortunately for Washington, this seems to be trend more than an aberration.
In Week 1, Chargers QB Justin Herbert threw for 337 yards and a score. In Week 2, the Giants’ Daniel Jones had 249 yards and touchdown through the air, to go along with 95 yards and another touchdown on the ground.
Things aren’t about to get any easier either, with Washington facing Matt Ryan, Jameis Winston, Patrick Mahomes, and Aaron Rodgers over each of the next four weeks.
Unless Washington can figure out the source of its defensive woes and fix them, things will only get worse before they get better.