The Washington Redskins beat the New England Patriots 23-6 on Thursday night. And while they did a lot of good things in the game and several players shined, the Redskins can’t draw any definitive conclusions from the victory. It was only the first preseason game and several Patriots starters didn’t even play.Particularly Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady. Having to go up against him is a much different test the Redskins would have faced than with Brady’s backup Ryan Mallet. Also, the Patriots starting wide receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman didn’t play and tight end Rob Gronkowski didn’t play either.
Also the Patriots defense was missing defensive end Chandler Jones and starting linebackers Jared Mayo and Jamie Collins. Then add in the fact that star cornerback Darrelle Revis didn’t play as well. However, to even things out a bit the Redskins were missing starting wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.
And defensively they didn’t have the services of defensive end Jason Hatcher or safety Ryan Clark. So the point is with so many starters out especially for the Patriots, the Redskins still more than likely should have won the game like they did. But things would have been much tougher for the Redskins with Brady and company in the game.
So while it’s nice to get the “W”, I’m sure that head coach Jay Gruden knows that this win doesn’t really mean much in the grand scheme of things. The Redskins need to keep trying to get better and keep this victory in perspective. Don’t get too high or too low. Just keep working hard, stay healthy, and continue preparing for week one against the Texans.