Redskins defeat the Patriots 23-6
The Washington Redskins and the New England Patriots came into this first preseason game as two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Patriots are a perennial playoff team trying to find a way to win another Super Bowl. While the Redskins are team coming off a bad season trying to search for a new beginning.But in this game the Redskins seemed like the sharper team from start to finish. It’s only preseason granted but the Patriots just seemed out of sync. Starting quarterback Tom Brady didn’t play and his backup Ryan Mallett was inconsistent. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III didn’t do much but he didn’t play much, going 2-4 for 9 yards passing.
His backup Kirk Cousins played well as did third stringer Colt McCoy. The Redskins got scoring started in the first quarter with a 39 yard Kai Forbath field goal. And then later in the first the Redskins got a ten yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Aldrick Robinson. The Redskins then got a 27 yard field goal from Zach Hocker in the second quarter to close out the half up 13-0.
The defense played well and the Redskins pass rush was effective for most of the game. Outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan got a good push early. In the third quarter Colt McCoy came in and led a ten play 65 yard drive which culminated in a McCoy 7 yard TD pass to rookie tight end Ted Bolser to make it 20-0 Redskins.
Patriots third string rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo came in the game and had some success on the Redskins defense, but initially couldn’t get any points on the board. The Redskins then went on a 58 yard drive early in the fourth quarter ending with a 39 yard Zach Hocker field goal. Putting the Redskins up 23-0.
The Patriots then got on the board late in the fourth with a 26 yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Brian Tyms. Their two point conversion failed and that closed out the scoring 23-6. Again it’s only preseason so no conclusions can be drawn from this game.
The Redskins got some good performances from starters and backups and gave head coach Jay Gruden a win and some good film for him and his staff to evaluate.