Niagara Gazette

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August 10, 2012

Bills clipped by 'Skins in preseason opener

LOW SCORING: RG3 heats up in third drive of 7-6 win at the Ralph.

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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.

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