The Washington Commanders were snapped back to reality in a big way on Sunday, losing to Buffalo 37-3 at FedEx Field in Landover.
Fresh off a 35-33 win over Denver in come-from-behind fashion, the Commanders were riding a high coming into the game against the Bills and off to the first 2-0 start since 2011.
On Sunday, however, some of the Commanders flaws and inexperience reared its head in the worst way, serving up a nice slice of humble pie for Washington.
The 37-3 drubbing by the Bills on Sunday is the worst loss for Washington since a 56-14 loss to Dallas in 2021.
The Commanders defense played well for much of the game, but received no help from the offense. In the first half, The Washington D held Buffalo to field goals on three possessions and only trailed 16-0 at the half despite being thoroughly outplayed.
In the second half, Quarterback Sam Howell and the Commander offense continued to fail to generate any offense, leading to a tremendous snowball effect and the onslaught that ensued.
The game was scoreless in the third quarter, before Josh Allen opened things up with a 10 yard touchdown run, followed by a defensive score on an interception by AJ Epenesa, capped off with a rushing touchdown by Latavius Murray.
Just like that, 37-0.
Washington’s only points came with less than one minute remaining on a 51-yard Joey Slye field goal, one of the most sorry displays to ensure the Commanders did not get shut out.
The Commanders defense, who came into the game tied for 1st in the NFL in total sacks, did not get Josh Allen on the ground once.
The D did force a takeaway on an interception by Kendall Fuller, but it wasn’t nearly enough given the state of the Washington offense.
On offense, Washington turned it over five times, punted three times, turned it over on downs once and kicked one field goal.
Howell was abysmal in his fourth career start, throwing for 170 yards and 4 interceptions. Running Back Antonio Gibson was the source of the other turnover, recording his second fumble of the season in the opening three weeks.
Washington was not able to generate any consistent offense and a tremendous Bills defense took advantage of every Commanders mistake.
The 37-3 scoreline may have been unfair to Washington, but the Commanders will have plenty of chances to write those wrongs throughout the rest of the season.
Up next, though, is no easy test. Washington goes to Philadelphia next week to take on the defending NFC Champions in the building where Washington took out the Eagles as the only remaining unbeaten team last season.