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August 9, 2012

Redskins clip the Bills in preseason opener

RG3 heats up in third drive of 7-6 win at the Ralph

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ORCHARD PARK — Buffalo instead settled for Rian Lindell hitting a 43-yard field goal.

"I thought it was really poor, but luckily it's the preseason," Fitzpatrick said. "We've got a lot to work on."

The offense did no better under backup Tyler Thigpen, who hit 3 of 8 attempts for 38 yards. Thigpen failed to score despite six snaps from inside the Redskins 10-yard line. And the Bills then came away empty when Lindell pushed a 22-yard attempt wide left.

Lindell also hit a 45-yarder in the fourth quarter.

The Bills were penalized 14 times for 134 yards.

Griffin's only real miscue was the fumble, which was credited to him because he was the last player to have possession. Replays, however, showed running back Evan Royster was also to blame because he never closed his hands on the ball.

After opening his third series with an incompletion to Niles Paul, Griffin confidently stepped into his next throw, hitting Garcon for a 20-yard gain over the middle.

Two plays later, he hit Garcon up the left side for an 18-yard gain. The touchdown pass then came with a quick dump off to Garcon, who got a big block from Trent Williams clearing a path up the left side.

The game was otherwise dull and sloppy. And the replacement officials struggled.

They were booed late in the first quarter after muffing a call on a touchback. Bills punter Brian Moorman hit a 49-yard punt, which Buffalo's Ruvell Martin downed at the Redskins 4. Back judge Craig Burd, however, ruled it a touchback.

The only Bills player who entered the end zone was Brad Smith, who never touched the ball.

Fans began booing when the ball was placed at the 20 and they got louder when a replay was shown on the scoreboard.

Coach Chan Gailey challenged the play, which was reversed shortly after referee David Scott reviewed it.

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