Redskins-bills Tonight

November 01, 1993|By Vito Stellino

Site: Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y.

Time: 9

TV: Channels 13, 7

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WTEM (570 AM)

Line: Bills by 9

Records: Redskins 1-5. Bills 5-1

Last week: The Redskins had a bye and the Bills beat the New York Jets, 19- 10.

Last meeting: The Redskins routed the Bills, 37-24, in Super Bowl XXVI after the 1991 season. Mark Rypien won MVP honors by passing for 292 yards.

The series: The Redskins have a 5-2 edge and have won the past four meetings. It's the first time they've met in a Monday night game. The Bills are 6-5 in home Monday night games, and the Redskins are 7-15 in road Monday night games.

On the sidelines: Richie Petitbon is 1-5 in his first season as Redskins coach. Marv Levy, in his eighth season with the Bills, is 111-83 overall, including five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

What the Redskins have to do to win: How about getting a bit a luck and a lot of turnovers? It has been a long time since the odds have been stacked so high against the Redskins. They traditionally don't play well in road Monday night games, Mark Rypien is playing with a gimpy knee, running backs Brian Mitchell and Ricky Ervins aren't in top shape and the defensive line is hurting.

What the Bills have to do to win: Avoid mistakes. The Bills lead the league in turnover ratio at plus-13 (the Redskins are minus-1), and as long as they don't turn it over, they simply appear to have too much firepower against a Redskins team that is a shadow of the one that beat them in the Super Bowl two years ago.

Injury report: Redskins: T Joe Jacoby (back) is out. DE Shane Collins (foot), QB Rich Gannon (foot), CB Alvoid Mays (hamstring) are doubtful. C Guy Bingham (hamstring), DE Jason Buck (shoulder), RB Ricky Ervins (calf), DT Tim Johnson (thigh), DE Charles Mann (knee), WR Tim McGee (hamstring), RB Brian Mitchell (shoulder), TE Terry Orr (ankle) are probable. Bills: DE Phil Hansen (foot), WR Brad Lamb (hamstring), LB Mark Maddox toe), G Jim Ritcher (knee), WR Steve Tasker (hamstring) are questionable. S Henry Jones (shoulder), CB James Williams (knee) are probable.

Outlook: It has been 13 years (it never happened in the Joe Gibbs era) since the Redskins were nine-point underdogs, and it's easy to understand. Just keeping it close would rank as an achievement for the Redskins. Washington can only hope the snow and cold slow down the Buffalo offense.

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