But a strong followup performance against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night has invigorated the Bills' secondary. They have some swagger heading into Saturday night's exhibition against the Cincinnati Bengals and old friend Terrell Owens.
"Hey @terrellowens and @OGOchoCinco did u guys watch our Indy Film yet? Hope so, have a great day guys!"
The Bills won 34-21, with their first-team offense scoring two touchdowns on the Colts' first-team defense.
Whitner was asked Sunday if the truth lies somewhere between the disparate preseason games.
"No, I think the truth lies with what you were seeing" against the Colts, he replied. "The thing about that [Washington] game is we didn't really play a lot of coverages, especially in the secondary. We have a lot of things that we have there. I think we have about 60 or 70 different things as far as blitzes or coverages or ways to take away routes that hurt us in the past, just a lot of ways to attack quarterbacks. We feel like we're going to be able to do that. We’re going to be able to affect a lot of quarterbacks."
Whitner said the Bills didn't game-plan for the Redskins, but they did for the Colts. It's common for teams to ignore specific planning for preseason opponents, choosing to concentrate more on strategies they'll use in the regular season.
The Bills probably will game-plan for the Bengals, who they'll play for real in Week 11.
"I'm looking forward to seeing T.O. and [Chad] Ochocinco," Whitner said. "He sent me a couple messages on Twitter. It's all a lot of fun, but when we go out there on the football field we expect to go out there and have a great showing against those guys.
"We feel like we're one of the top secondaries in the National Football League, and we have to go out and show it each and every Sunday."