At a Glance
The Washington Post
Monday, Oct. 29, 2007; Pages E15-18
Monday, Oct. 29, 2007; Pages E15-18
Streak OverThe Redskins had beaten the Patriots six straight times before yesterday. That was New England's longest active losing streak against any team. The Patriots' longest losing streak to one opponent is now three, against the Denver Broncos and next week's opponent, the unbeaten Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts.
By the Numbers21: Consecutive games the Patriots won after losing to the Redskins, 20-17, Sept. 28, 2003, the last time the teams played. New England won two Super Bowls since that loss.
By the Numbers, Part II10: Career touchdowns receptions for New England linebacker Mike Vrabel. He caught his second touchdown pass of the season early in the second quarter. That gave him two more touchdown receptions than the Redskins' entire wide receiving corps this season.
Fast StartersNew England's strong start yesterday was in keeping with a massive early-game advantage during its undefeated start. The Patriots now have outscored opponents 79-7 in the first quarter this season and have scored first in 11 straight regular season games dating from last season.
NEXT UP: Vs. New York Jets (1-7)When: Sunday, Nov. 4, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Where: Giants Stadium.
The Skinny: After making the playoffs last season, the Jets (1-7) are struggling. They entered Week 8 ranked 28th in total offense and total defense, and their only win came against winless Miami. Coach Eric Mangini also has fielded constant questions about the job security of starting quarterback Chad Pennington.
You Make the CallNear the end of the first quarter, Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss was running deep down the middle of the field and had a step on safety Sean Taylor. Linebacker London Fletcher also was trailing the play. Then before the ball arrived, Taylor and Fletcher clearly bumped Moss, and he fell trying to secure the reception. Officials did not call a penalty.
DefenselessThe Redskins entered the game with the No. 5 overall defense, allowing 276.8 yards per game. The Patriots compiled 486 yards and averaged 6.3 yards per play. Washington also entered allowing 14.7 points per game, fourth fewest in the NFL. The defense surrendered 45 points, including three rushing touchdowns by Patriots quarterbacks.
Avoiding the Goose EggWhen tight end Chris Cooley caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell late in the fourth quarter, the Redskins avoided their first shutout since 2005. That season Washington fell to the New York Giants, 36-0. Coach Joe Gibbs has been shut out twice during his second coaching stint with the Redskins.
By the Numbers, Part Three5: Career rushing touchdowns for Patriots QB Tom Brady, who scored on a three-yard run in the first quarter and a two-yard run in the third. Brady has multiple rushing touchdowns in a season for the first time in his career.
Quotable"They didn't let me. It's always someone else's call." -- Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot, who was inactive for yesterday's game with a sore hamstring but said he felt ready to play.
GroundedThe Redskins were averaging 114.7 rushing yards per game through their first six games, but they never got anything going -- save for their first possession -- against the Patriots. Washington amassed 47 rushing yards on 16 attempts, and their long run went for seven yards.
Busy AfternoonWith the Redskins' defense on the field for more than 37 minutes, linebacker London Fletcher and rookie safety LaRon Landry combined for 29 tackles. Fletcher had 15, including 11 solo, and Landry added 10 solo tackles. Three other Redskins were tied for third most with four tackles.