The Redskins lost to New England in convincing fashion, just like everybody expected, but for 30 minutes Washington had the Patriots in a real dog fight.
Sadly, there are no moral victories in the NFL, especially in a 33-7 loss. And certainly no moral first-half victories.
The Redskins lost for lots of reasons, here are some, and honestly there are probably many more.
- Offensively the Redskins did not do close to enough to keep up with Tom Brady and the Patriots. With 10 minutes left to play in the game, Colt McCoy had 108 yards passing and an interception. Undrafted rookie Steven Sims pulled off a very impressive 65-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but beyond that, the Redskins could barely get any run game going either.
- The Redskins defense was actually pretty good, especially in the first half. Greg Manusky's unit sacked Brady three times and held the Patriots to just 12 points, including two red-zone trips that finished in field goals instead of touchdowns. In the second half, things opened up for the Patriots. At halftime, New England rushed for only 19 yards. By the end of the game, the Patriots had 130 yards on the ground.
- Who knows what happens next for the Redskins, as intense speculation will ramp up about the job security of Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky and really the entire Washington coaching staff. This team is 0-5 for the first time since 2001, and the only formality seems to be when the staff will get blown out, not if. Next week the Redskins face the 0-4 Dolphins and that looks like the team's absolute best chance to get their first victory.
- FedEx Field normally hosts a lot of visiting fans, but Sunday's game against the Patriots looked like an invasion. There were more Brady jerseys in the stands than there any two Redskins jerseys combined. Without a precise count, there might have been more Brady jerseys in the crowd than Redskins jerseys total. It makes sense, New England is probably the greatest sports franchise in modern times, and Brady is the greatest quarterback ever.
Want a silver lining? It was bad, but not nearly as bad as it could have been.
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