Redskins vs. Patriots – Game Preview
Washington Redskins – 0-0
New England Patriots - 0-0
These teams come into this game at opposite ends of the spectrum. One in the Redskins are coming off of a painful 3-13 season which saw their head coach get fired and their star player in Robert Griffin III endure criticism that may or may not have been deserved. Where as the New England Patriots and Tom Brady have had thirteen straight winning seasons.The Redskins are looking to establish a winning tradition under new head coach Jay Gruden and the Patriots Bill Belichick is looking to win even bigger than he has recently. So these teams are looking to accomplish different things in this game. The Redskins are trying to build some consistency and the Patriots are trying to maintain it.
According to Gruden the Redskins starters will probably play between 8-10 plays. So this is a game that will belong to the backups and they have an ample opportunity to showcase their skills. A big game here can help some players on the fringe get noticed and a bad performance can send some players in good standing tumbling down the depth chart.
Jay Gruden has stated the evaluations in the preseason will be crucial in determining which players ultimately make the team. So it’s important that players shine now as they may not get many more chances. The starters want to have a strong showing in their limited action and the reserves want to find a way to jump off the screen and make something happen.
But most importantly the Redskins don’t want any key players injured. And although it’s not that big if deal if you lose in the preseason you still want to try to find a way to win. Typically I pick the winner of these games, but there’s no need for that at this point in the preseason. Redskins vs. Patriots
Game time: 7:30 pm at FedEx Field
Score prediction: –
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