As defeats go, the 27-10 loss that resulted was a team effort, the product of shortcomings in all three facets: dropped passes; poor tackling; and a failure to defend an onside kick. The upshot was a triple dose of humility for Redskins team that clawed back from a 24-point deficit against Tampa Bay in its last outing.
Scott Allen’s best and worst
Best symbolism: LeGarrette Blount bulldozed through the line for a five-yard touchdown on the Patriots’ ensuing drive. The Redskins were flagged for having 12 men on the field on the play. Outside of an impressive stop on third and goal to force a field goal attempt in the third quarter, 13 Redskins wouldn’t have been enough to stop the Patriots’ bruising back for much of the game.
New England jumped all over Washington early and slowly salted it away from there. Washington’s only touchdown came in the final minute to make the final look a tad more respectable at 27-10.
Washington faces the Saints at home next week, before going on the road to Carolina. Home games against the NFC East-rival Giants and Cowboys complete the third quarter of the season. Even though the bye week feels like the halfway point, today’s loss put Washington at 3-5 halfway through the 16-game slate.
Early fourth quarter:
Our more frequent updates and insights are on the live blog. But if you’re missing it, well, it’s hard to say how much you’ve missed. This second half lacks drama, especially after Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to Brandon Bolden to make it 27-3.
The Patriots ran 24 of the first 25 plays in the game, and Washington performed a bit better in the second quarter and got on the board just before the half. The score is 17-3, but some of the first-half stats are still lopsided:
Total yards: New England, 245-89.
Plays: New England, 40-26.
Rushing: New England, 79-33.
Turnovers forced: Washington, 2-1.