Following the game, the Redskins fired their head coach, Jay Gruden after the team fell to 0-5. The Redskins were able to score the first 7 points of the game, but after that, the Patriots shut them down.
Tom Brady returned to form after throwing for over 340 yards and three touchdowns as the Patriots were able to outscore the Redskins 21-0 in the second half alone. Granted this win came against the winless Redskins, but a lot of other players were able to gain some confidence during this win.
Dynamic Offense Returns
The biggest positive the Patriots can take from Sunday’s demolition was the return to form for the running attack. Sony Michel stepped up with 91 yards and a touchdown, and as a team, the Patriots finished with 130 yards for the game. With Michel as the lead back, the Patriots are a team no one wants to face in the playoffs. Brady’s experience and offensive versatility with Michel is tough to stop.
As for the passing game, Julian Edelman returned to his Pro Bowl ways with 8 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. Two unexpected targets came up big for Brady as well. With tight end depth being an issue this season, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo were factors in the passing game. They were left wide open on a few occasions, clearly catching the Redskins off guard. Izzo hauled in two catches for 39 yards and a touchdown, while LaCosse kept a drive early in the game with a 22-yard catch. They might not have Gronk anymore but if a few players can step up the tight end position can still be a weapon for the Pats.
Defensive Dominance Continues
The Patriots have quickly gained the reputation as one of the best defenses in the league this season. Their track record is unmatched at this point in the season as they have only allowed two offensive touchdowns in 20 quarters of football this season. This was the first time they trailed all season after the Redskins struck first on Sunday.
However, after that long touchdown, the Patriots went back to their smothering ways. They compiled five more sacks as well as an interception and a fumble recovery. For the fifth game this season, a McCourty intercepted a pass for New England. This time it was Jason McCourty. D’onta Hightower was all over the field with 8 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
The only impressive stat for the Redskins on the day came from their punter Tress Way. The Patriots forced the Redskins to punt 10 times, and surprisingly Way’s leg did not fall off. He recorded 500 yards in punts for an impressive 50-yard average. His 500 yards were 47th most in NFL history for a single game. Not too shabby for a league that has over 16,000 games played
The New England Patriots are the last undefeated team in the AFC. They will look to remain perfect against the injury-riddled New York Giants. Daniel Jones has looked impressive in his first three NFL starts, but quarterbacks under the age of 25 are 0-27 at Gillette Stadium during Bill Belichick’s tenure as head coach. Jones will not have many of his top weapons making this an easy victory on paper for the Patriots on Thursday night.