Best and worst: Patriots 26, Redskins 17
BEST FIRST SERIES
Patrick Chung had two third-down stops on the first Washington drive. On the first, he came slicing down the line and pulled down Rob Kelley on a third-and-1. He didn’t get to Kelley in time to stop the third down but he did stop tight end Jeremy Sprinkle on the next third down play, dropping him for no gain.
WHAT’S UP WITH GILLLLMMMMMMOOOWWWWAAAAHHHH????
Patriots corner Stephon Gilmore had a pair of sideline comeback routes caught on him during the Redskins first drive then was in coverage when Washington’s Robert Davis caught a 20-yard crossing route on him during the Redskins second drive.
BEST PRODUCT PLACEMENT
Of all the Patriot Place hotspots WBZ could have highlighted first during their telecast, I thought it was telling when cameras trained on TB12 Sports Therapy. Preseason telecasts are produced by Kraft Sports Group and the things they choose to highlight don’t happen by coincidence. The second spot highlighted coming back from a commercial was CBS Sporting Club, which underwent a name change and redesign and was clearly shot prior to the telecast since some Patriots employees were featured in the shot. TB12 and Brady’s business partner and body coach Alex Guerrero have both been in the news plenty over the last few months and if ownership didn’t want the shop promoted, they wouldn’t have done gone out of their way to do so.
Brian Hoyer was taken down during the Patriots second drive when right tackle LaAdrian Waddle was bullrushed into Hoyer’s kitchen by Matt Ioannidis. Hoyer had plenty of time and room to step up and slide but did neither and took the loss.
I WANT MY RIBS BACK, BABY
Patriots corner Ryan Lewis sawed Redskins receiver Trey Quinn in half after Colt McCoy sailed a throw over his head. It was a perfect hit to the midsection by Lewis. Quinn vomited in a trash can when he got to the bench.
NOT-SO PLEASANT REMINDER
Patriots defensive back Eddie Pleasant was the gunner on a second-quarter punt that bounced behind him and struck a Redskins player. Pleasant, though, wasn’t paying attention and missed a chance to get after the free ball.
Patriots third-year safety Jordan Richards had a big swing and a miss on an open field tackle in the first half. The play was ultimately called back but Richards – who’s seemed to have a hard time arriving at contact under control in his disappointing Patriots tenure – still looked awkward.
WELL, BETTER THAN 37, AMIRITE?!
WBZ’s Steve Burton tried to extract something positive from Bill Belichick during his two-question halftime interview. When he mentioned that the half-ending field goal drive was encouraging, Belichick deadpanned that it was, “38 seconds of good football.”
KING OF THE HILL
Running back Jeremy Hill had a strong game, particularly on the opening drive of the second half when he was a key contributor on the 19-play, 84-yard touchdown drive. Hill, who’s in competition with Mike Gillislee for one of the running back spots carried 11 times for 51 yards and a touchdown. Gillislee carried 13 times for 40 yards. Gillislee carried the ball for two fourth-down conversions on the drive.
PATTERSON LOCKED IN
Cordarrelle Patterson made two catches on throws from Brian Hoyer that required a ton of concentration. On the first, a ball that wobbled into traffic was tipped before Patterson corralled it as he hit the ground. On the second, he pulled in a late-arriving pass while well-covered, tipped it to himself and caught it on the rebound.
LONG WAY HOME
The Patriots reeled off a 16-play, 90-yard touchdown drive that ended with a walk-in touchdown for Ralph Webb who also caught the two-point conversion pass from Hoyer. Tough catch on a low ball. Webb was sprung in part by an excellent block on the outside by wide receiver Devin Lucien.