Aug 7, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after their preseason game at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins vs. Patriots: The Turning Point

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Redskins vs. Patriots:  The Turning Point

At what point in the Washington Redskins 23-6 preseason win over the New England Patriots did things turn the Redskins way?  Every game has a turning point.  A moment when momentum swings in the direction for the winning team and away from the losing team.  A moment that you can point to and say that’s very instant where my team either won or lost the game.

Well the turning point for the Redskins came before the game even started.  It was when Patriots head coach Bill Belichick decided that his franchise quarterback Tom Brady would not play against the Redskins.  And yes I know that Brady would not have played much to begin with.  But there’s a huge difference in performance between Brady and backup Ryan Mallett.

Had Brady played who knows?  Maybe the Patriots would have put some points on the board in their first drive instead if having it fizzling out and punting to the Redskins.  I think if Brady had played the Patriots players wouldn’t come out flat like they did.  And the Redskins wouldn’t have smelled blood in the water knowing that the Patriots backup was their starter.

After all this was a preseason game so there really isn’t much more to point to.  The Redskins had the momentum from the start of the game and didn’t relinquish it.  Because without their leader in the game to get them going, the Patriots weren’t the team they normally are.  And the Redskins took advantage of that from the very beginning.

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