Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/10/12

The Buffalo Bills squandered two chances at the end of the first half that proved to be the difference maker in their 7-6 loss to the Washington Redskins Thursday.

Buffalo had a golden opportunity, down 7-3, to score a touchdown as they were inside the Washington five yard line as the first half was coming to a close. The Bills couldn't find the endzone, and Rian Lindell missed a chip-shot field goal. On the following drive for Washington, the Bills came up with an opportunistic interception at midfield. That opportunity was quickly seized when Tyler Thigpen under-threw TJ Graham, who was streaking down the sideline. The pass was intercepted and the half ended 7-3. The Bills would add a field goal in the second half, but were unable to get anymore points and the Bills fell to 0-1 on the preseason.

 Ryan Fitzpatrick went 6-for-14 for 61 yards and TJ Graham led all Bills receivers with 3 catches for 37 yards. Thigpen was Buffalo's second quarterback and Vince Young played most of the second half. Brad Smith came in late in the fourth quarter to finish the game at quarterback.

While the Bills have a clear No. 1 quarterback in Fitzpatrick, the No. 2 position seems to be up for grabs. Both Thigpen and Young played erratically at times and neither one was able to make a solid case for the backup position.

The Bills earned a total of 12 first downs and went 4-for-16 on third down. They also committed 14 penalties proving that the team needs work during the preseason before the games start counting for real.

The Bills will be in action next when they travel to Minnesota Friday to take on the Vikings. Kickoff for that game will be at 8 pm.  

Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Kaepernick facing ‘uphill battle’ to make roster

Colin Kaepernick on national anthem: 'I'll continue to sit'

Stephen Jones: Cowboys 'look forward' to starting Prescott

Stanton has 'slim chance' of returning for final week?

Kubiak hinting that Siemian is favorite for Broncos' QB job?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

John Harbaugh: NFL needs to make changes to preseason

Romo expected to miss 6-10 weeks with broken bone in back

Kaepernick explains why he is protesting national anthem

Dwyane Wade’s cousin shot and killed in Chicago

NFL tries to reduce kick returns, promptly causes more kick returns

San Francisco Giants inching closer to a record they really don’t want

A sports history of not standing up for the national anthem

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

Marshall’s first impression of Fitzpatrick: ‘He was terrible’

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Six worst quarterback situations in the NFL

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

A sports history of not standing up for the national anthem

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

The 20 best boxing movies of all time

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker