Liz Clarke’s early-version game story
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.
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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.
Our most current updates are on the live blog.
The first quarter isn’t going well:
We’re at the 4:30 mark of the opening quarter, and the first 11 and half minutes have forgettable for Washington fans. Except for Will Blackmon breaking up a pass and later stripping Julian Edelman to cause a fumble, it’s been bad. Washington has run only one play, a pass that was intercepted.
And if it wasn’t bad enough, on the most recent touchdown:
New England gets the ball first and marches 84 yards in 13 plays, none longer than 13 yards, to take a 7-0 lead. The drive took 5 minutes 55 seconds. Play by play is here.
No sooner could the Patriots celebrate their touchdown than they caught Washington napping with an onside kick and recovery. All week, Washington-area pundits talked of how the Redskins needed to take risks to keep up with 7-0 New England. And the Patriots did it to them; Washington hasn’t taken a snap or gotten returned-to-health DeSean Jackson on the field yet, and we’re 15 plays and eight minutes in.
Our most fast-paced and more detailed updates are on the live blog, linked above; this thread updates infrequently during the game. There’s also a thread for updates from news around the NFL and a box score that updates every 60 seconds. Enjoy.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — DeSean Jackson will be active for Sunday’s game at the New England Patriots, marking the first time the Pro Bowl wide receiver will in the Redskins‘ lineup since the Sept. 13 season-opening loss to Miami.
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall will sit out his fifth consecutive game of the season with a toe injury that has been stubborn to heal.
The defensive players joining Hall on the inactives list are defensive end Frank Kearse and nose tackle Terrance Knighton, who was unable to make the trip to New England because of severe headaches.
Center Kory Lichtensteiger remains among the inactives with a disc injury that has compromised his shoulder strength.
Tight end Anthony McCoy is also inactive. And quarterback Robert Griffin III remains inactive.
Wide receiver Rashad Ross, who has been handling kickoffs, is also inactive.
Cornerbacks Chris Culliver and Bashaud Breeland are active, which is good, because it’s a tough day for the Redskins to be undermanned in the defensive backfield. The Patriots lead NFL in scoring with 35.6 points per game, and quarterback Tom Brady, at 38, has been near spotless, with 20 touchdowns and one interception.
— Liz Clarke
This is The Insider’s running game-day thread. It’s mainly for discussion, but if you refresh from time to time, you’ll get updates. The thread begins with pregame reading, TV and radio info and more. Then, inactives post about 90 minutes before the 1 p.m. kickoff. During the game, there are frequent updates on our live blog, and this thread updates infrequently, although we’ll add a photo gallery and live-updating box score. At game’s end, this thread will point toward the quick version of the game story and the D.C. Sports Bog’s best and worst, and that’ll be it here — the postgame news conferences and traditional coverage continue on the blog.
As far as today’s game, well, the Patriots have it all. One of the greatest coaches of all time. One of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. They’re defending Super Bowl champions and are 7-0. They’re playing at home.
So Washington has no chance, right?
With 14 days since its last game, a feel-good, come-from-behind win, Washington isn’t that much more rested than the Patriots, who last played two Thursdays ago. But the time to heal up was supposed to mean many of Washington’s best players, such as Ryan Kerrigan, DeSean Jackson and Chris Culliver, would heal up.
New England plays well together and is outstanding at tailoring what it does in a given week to attack its opponents’ weaknesses. But amazing quarterback, tight end and coach aside, the Patriots have to build their roster like any other NFL team. They’ve papered over holes on the offensive line (left tackle Nate Solder is out for the season) with low-round picks and UDFAs. The defense has five first- or second-round picks starting, but doesn’t feature a bonafide superstar.
While Washington will have a handful of key players inactives, one of those first-round picks on New England’s defense, linebacker Jamie Collins, is among the Patriots’ inactives.
I guess I am.
Kickoff: 1 p.m. at Gillette Stadium
TV: Ch. 5. (Fox). DirecTV Sunday Ticket 711.
Radio: 980 AM; 92.7 and 94.3 FM. XM 831; Sirius XM 228; internet 818.
Line: Patriots by 14, o/u 52.5.
Box score: Updates every 60 seconds
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