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Redskins Shut Out As Quarterback John Beck Sacked A Record Nine Times
TORONTO – Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck was sacked nine times, highlighting a woeful performance by the team on both sides of the ball as they lost 23-0 to Buffalo before 51,579 at the Rogers Centre.
It was the first time the Redskins had been shut out since losing 17-0 to Dallas in the second-to-last game of the 2009 season. Perhaps more importantly, it was the first time Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan’s team had ever been shut out – a span of 267 games.
Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 21 of 27 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns – both to tight end Scott Chandler – and running back Fred Jackson rushed for 120 yards to surpass 1,000 on the season.
Beck went 20-for-33 for 208 yards with two interceptions and found Fred Davis for a team-high eight catches and 94 yards. Ryan Torain and Roy Helu combined for 24 yards.
Rian Lindell made three field goals – 37, 44 and 41 yards – for the Bills (5-2), who won for the first time in their four regular-season games in Toronto.
The nine sacks allowed by the Redskins (3-4) tied a record they previously set Nov. 19, 1978 against the St. Louis Cardinals.