FOXBOROUGH – Coming off of their bye week and the largest comeback in franchise history, the Washington Redskins were faced with the daunting task of knocking off the unbeaten defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The Redskins dropped seven passes on the day and their offense gave their defense little help in diffusing the […]
FOXBOROUGH – Coming off of their bye week and the largest comeback in franchise history, the Washington Redskins were faced with the daunting task of knocking off the unbeaten defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
The Redskins dropped seven passes on the day and their offense gave their defense little help in diffusing the Patriot onslaught.
“Our guys are better than that,” said Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. “It’s encouraging to know that today was more of a fluke than a norm.”
Cousins is now 5-12 as the starting quarterback. His efforts could not stop the potent Patriot offense, as they walked away with a 27-10 victory on Sunday to remain undefeated at 8-0.
The Patriots marched down the field on a thirteen-play, 84-yard opening drive. Dion Lewis dropped a wide open touchdown pass on third-and-short, but the Patriots, as they do a lot, went for it and converted the fourth down. A few plays later, Keenan Robinson hit Julian Edelman helmet-to-helmet to set up the Patriots on the Redskins’ eight-yard-line. Tom Brady continued his league dominance and found Edelman for the first score of the game to put New England up 7-0.
The Patriots, perhaps showing little respect for the Redskins offense, snuck in an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and recovered get the ball back. The Redskins defense stood strong and forced a New England turnover when the sure-handed Edelman fumbled.
Cousins took the field and threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage on a pass that was perfectly thrown, but was bobbled by Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon and fell into Logan Ryan’s hands. The Patriots moved quickly on the next drive by moving the ball 28 yards and scored on a short run from LeGarrette Blount. Blount had a career day with 29 carries and 129 yards.
“I just felt like we never had the ball in the first quarter,” said Washington Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden. “I just never felt like we got in a rhythm.”
The Redskins needed a quick response and Cousins looked to hit tight end Derek Carrier on a wide open wheel route on the Skins’ next drive. However, Carrier dropped the pass to force a third down. Fellow tight end Jordan Reed then dropped another catch on the ensuing play to end the drive.
New England marched back down the field on its next possession as Brady found Brandon LaFell all alone for a 48-yard pass play. A few plays later, Robinson made his first interception of the season on a fantastic read. The Redskins recorded two takeaways on the afternoon and has recorded 11 takeaways since Week 4 (third-most in the NFL).
The Patriots forced the Redskins into fourth down and Washington failed to convert thanks to another dropped pass. New England added a field goal off the drive to take a 17-0 lead.
Matt Jones, who finished with 11 carries for 27 yards, got it going for Washington as he helped converted five first downs on a late second quarter drive. The drive fizzled out in the redzone and the Redskins settled for a field goal to trail by 14 the half.
The Redskins started the second half with yet another dropped pass. Nevertheless, Cousins found Garcon on a big play in Patriots’ territory to keep the drive alive. It was all for naught though, as Jones fumbled the ball away a few plays later. The turnover led to another Patriots field goal.
With 5:06 left in the third quarter, the Redskins offense took the field once again. However, the drive stalled out and the Patriots continued to grind out the clock with Blount. The Redskins also gave up a first down on third-and-long, as Rob Gronkowski was wide open on a drag route.
The drive continued into the fourth quarter and the Patriots continued their ground-and-pound strategy. Brady found Brandon Bolden for a touchdown with 11:28 remaining to put New England up 27-3.
Cousins would hit Reed for a three-yard touchdown with 25 seconds remaining to score Washington’s only touchdown of the game.
Washington held New England to a season-low 27 points in the loss and remained as one of only three teams to not allow a 300-yard passer this season.
Washington will go on to face the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 15 at FedExField.