Steve Balestrieri

October 6, 2019 at 7:18 pm ET

The Patriots head residence from Washington with their 5-Zero report intact and now have a brief week to organize for the New York Giants on Thursday Night time Soccer. The Patriots dominated the second half at this time and got here away with a straightforward 33-7 win. However for the primary 30 minutes it was an in depth one because the workforce led solely 12-7 on the half. 

Very uneven play alongside the offensive line, going practically utterly away from the working sport and a few uncharacteristic psychological errors value the workforce within the first half. However they made their changes after halftime and outscored the Redskins 21-Zero after intermission. Actually, the Patriots scored 33 unanswered factors. 

Tom Brady handed for 348 yards and three touchdowns and Sony Michel had a giant second half and completed up the day dashing for 91 yards on 18 carries. 

After giving up an enormous 65-yard landing run on a jet sweep to Steven Sims within the first quarter, the Redskins didn’t do a lot of something offensively. The Patriots protection just about slammed the door shut after that. 

Listed here are our takeaways from the Patriots 33-7 rout of the Redskins. 

Brady Has a Bounceback Day And Finishes on a Excessive Be aware:

It wasn’t all simple however general Tom Brady had an excellent day finishing 28-42 for 348 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Within the second quarter, Brady had a crimson zone interception for the second week in a row.  

However his three touchdowns gave him #600 for his profession counting common and postseason. Ryan Izzo can be the 72nd participant to catch a landing from Brady. He handed Brett Favre for third all-time on the record of profession passing yards. With 17 yards on Thursday, he’ll surpass Peyton Manning on the record for the #2 QB when it comes to passing yards. 

Brady unfold the ball out to 9 completely different receivers with three completely different ones [Edelman, Brandon Bolden and Ryan Izzo] scoring touchdowns. Edelman was his favourite goal and had eight catches for 110 yards and a rating on 9 targets. 

The Offensive Line Struggled General within the First Half and With Safety All Sport:

The Redskins got here in with the 2nd least quantity of sacks within the NFL at this time. However they registered 4 sacks of Brady, and for probably the most half rushed solely three. They registered one sack by dashing simply two. The offensive line additionally struggled to open holes within the working sport the place the Skins have been getting gashed all 12 months lengthy.

However their changes labored and so they started to run the ball far more successfully within the second half. Sony Michel bought 91 yards on 18 carries general with most of it coming after halftime, and most of that got here working between the tackles. 

With the working sport going within the second half, the passing sport clicked significantly better and the workforce scored three second-half touchdowns with Brady giving method to Jarrett Stidham for the ultimate eight minutes. After working for 19 yards within the first half, the workforce completed with 130 yards on the bottom. Perhaps they will carry this over into subsequent week.

The Protection Had One other Large Day, Led By Dont’a Hightower:

We talked about the hiccup within the early occurring the Sims’ run for a TD, each McCourty twins had a shot at bringing him down, however give Sims credit score for a fantastic thing about a run. Kyle Van Noy was screaming for a flag for holding and Scott Zolak talked about it as effectively. However after trying on the replay, it didn’t appear so. 

After that, the protection was lights out. Washington had simply 220 yards of offense and was simply 1-11 on third down. Colt McCoy ended up with simply 75 yards internet passing yardage. The unit bought six extra sacks, eight quarterback hits, pressured an interception and two fumbles recovering one. 

Hightower was immense. He had eight tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, a go defensed, one and a half sacks and two quarterback hits. He was a disruptive ache within the bottom for McCoy and the Redskins offense all day lengthy. 

Sony Michel Received Untracked At this time And Contributed within the Passing Sport:

Michel has had a irritating begin to the season. However the coaches haven’t overlooked the truth that he was a vital cog of their postseason run a 12 months in the past. After one other irritating first half, Michel and his offensive line bought going by working between the tackles. 

Michel had a fantastic thing about a 25-yard run halfway by means of the third quarter. He confirmed nice endurance after which with a nifty reduce making a person miss [gasp!] earlier than slicing to the skin and rolling for a very nice pickup earlier than being knocked out of bounds. He completed off the drive with one other very nice run, a 14-yard landing run. So, alongside together with his 91-yards on the bottom, Michel added one other 32 on three go receptions. It was good to see the workforce getting him concerned within the passing sport. 

James White and Brandon Bolden additionally chipped in properly at this time. White had 72-yards mixed dashing and receiving whereas Bolden had a fairly 29-yard landing go from Brady the place he ran a wheel route, remoted on a linebacker and Brady made a stupendous go, dropping it proper within the bucket. 

Mike Nugent Doesn’t Fill the Foxboro Trustworthy With Hope:

After the Sims landing, Brady led the Patriots on a stupendous scoring drive, six performs, 75 yards, capped off with a Brady go to Julian Edelman from the six to make it 7-6. Mike Nugent, who changed the injured Stephen Gostkowski comes on for the additional level and pushes it large proper…by a big margin. 

You can really feel the collective groan throughout New England. Nugent settled down and made two chip shot discipline objectives from 23 and 37 yards. After which he made all three further factors after that, nevertheless it wasn’t the sort of begin that anybody needed to see. 

We’ll must see how issues play out however after 5 video games within the season, the Patriots have missed 5 further factors. The final time they missed that many was again in 1988. So, we’ll be watching how this develops. Invoice Belichick likes veterans to deal with the kicking duties. Jake Bailey, then again, continued his stellar rookie season, punting six occasions for a 47.7-yard common. 

We’re on to the Giants…

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