Steve Balestrieri

October 8, 2019 at 7:00 am ET

Patriots Sitting Fairly at 5-0, Regardless of successful towards ugly competitors

The Patriots are 5-Zero and one in all [at this time] two undefeated groups left within the league. The Redskins are in an entire tailspin and are actually 0-5 and have fired Head coach Jay Gruden. So, whereas the Patriots aren’t an ideal crew at 5-0, their opponents at this level of the season are 5-15, with simply the Payments being a great crew to this point of their opponents. 

The Patriots began out slowly and truly trailed for the primary time within the 2019 season. By halftime they led by solely 5 at 12-7. After halftime was a special sport and so they outscored Washington 21-0, utterly dominating the sport and bettering to 3-Zero on the street. It needs to be famous that the crew has already gained as many video games on the street as they gained in all of 2018. 

So, take a look at our grades and see how the crew fared on this week’s shut win.

Quarterback: B

Tom Brady had an total very strong day, throwing for 348 yards and finishing 28 of 42 passes whereas tossing touchdowns to 3 totally different receivers. He additionally had one other very unhealthy pink zone resolution that resulted in one other awful-looking interception. Early within the sport, the Redskins go rush disrupted issues, however Brady missed a golden alternative and overthrew Josh Gordon who had cleanly overwhelmed the protection. 

However regardless of shedding Phillip Dorsett early to a hamstring concern, Brady unfold the ball round to 9 totally different receivers. His throw to Brandon Bolden for a 29-yard landing was a lovely contact go and the one simply earlier than that to James White was aces as nicely. Brady could not a simple landing because the one he threw Izzo. The Redskins cleared out to every aspect and no one was throughout the identical space code as Izzo. Simple six factors. 

Good comeback week for Brady after a tough outing in Buffalo. Finishing 67 % of your passes, throwing three touchdowns and 348 yards with a QB Score of 106? Nothing flawed with that. 

Working Backs: B+

The Patriots obtained the working sport began [read Sony Michel] by going again to the facility working sport between the tackles within the second half. As soon as they obtained the working sport going, the whole lot fell into place and the Patriots blew them out. Michel had 91 yards on 18 carries, together with a 14-yard landing and chipped in with three catches within the passing sport for 32 yards. That’s one thing we’ve been clamoring for and if they’ll preserve it going, then this offense will probably be a lot much less predictable. 

James White turned in a traditional JW28 efficiency with 72 yards mixed dashing and receiving, serving to preserve the sticks shifting. He does the whole lot so easily, it typically seems to be too straightforward. Veteran RB Brandon Bolden scored on a great thing about a 29-yard landing go from Brady. It was a carbon-copy of the identical route and throw he and Brady linked towards the Skins 4 years in the past in Foxboro. 

Jakob Johnson was feeling extra comfy on the market on Sunday. He laid some large blocks within the working sport and whereas he’s not James Develin, he’s wanting like he’s going to be simply high quality. And he caught a go in addition. 

Vast Receivers: B

Julian Edelman had a unbelievable day, catching eight passes for 110 yards and a six yard landing catch on 9 targets. The one misfire was on a drop the place Edelman was vast open and had the ball hit him proper within the fingers. He had plenty of inexperienced in entrance of him there. However his toe-tapping catch alongside the sideline was very good. He was giving the Redskins secondary suits yesterday. 

Josh Gordon had 5 catches for 59 yards however the one which obtained away may have given him an enormous sport, he blew by his defender and had a simple landing and Brady overthrew him. Jakobi Meyers had one catch for six yards

Tight Ends: B

Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo not solely obtained concerned within the passing sport, however they’d their greatest day blocking as nicely. LaCosse had one catch for 22 whereas Izzo had two for 39 together with a 10-yard landing. LaCosse had an incredible block on Michel’s 14-yard landing run. 

Izzo’s landing reception was the primary by a Patriots tight finish since Rob Gronkowski discovered the tip zone final yr. His landing was a weird play the place he went down the seam and the Redskins secondary parted just like the Crimson Sea the place there was nobody even remotely close to him. Izzo will take it, his first NFL landing. Hopefully, this can be a signal of fine issues to come back, particularly with the information that Ben Watson is not going to be activated and was launched.  

Offensive Line: B

The offensive line had a combined day. Within the first half, they gave up three sacks and will solely generate about 10 yards of offense within the floor sport. However they obtained issues found out and began clearing out holes within the working sport for Michel to run via. Brady regardless of the stress threw for 348 yards and three scores. 

Dante Scarnecchia’s group dominated the second half. Now they should preserve it going towards the Giants. 

Defensive Line: A-

The line of defense as soon as once more was very, superb. They gave up a 65-yard run early however there have been missed tackles that they don’t usually commit within the secondary. The Redskins generated some rubbish time yards late within the sport, however between these two moments, the Redskins have been stuffed. Adrian Peterson had 18 yards on seven carries. 

The line of defense confirmed a number of fronts, gave Colt McCoy totally different seems to be and continuously modified up personnel. They helped put a ton of stress on McCoy, producing six sacks and eight quarterback hits. Danny Shelton and Lawrence Man are each having wonderful begins to the 2019 season. 

Linebackers: A

The Patriots linebackers have been as soon as once more excellent. Sunday was Dont’a Hightower’s return to motion and he was the participant of the sport. Hightower was in every single place and the Redskins had no reply for him. Hightower had Eight tackles, 4.5 for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 go defensed, and two quarterback hits. 

Jamie Collins had a sack the place it seemed like he was shot out of a cannon. Chase Winnovich added his fourth sack of the season whereas Ja’Whaun Bentley learn a display screen to Chris Thompson and dropped him with a thundering hit.

Secondary: A-

The secondary had a fairly ho-hum day whereas not permitting a passing landing whereas intercepting an opponent for the 11th time this season [Jason McCourty]. Terry McLaurin was held in test, the backs didn’t produce a lot within the display screen sport and the Redskins completed the sport with 75 web passing yards and averaged 2.Three yards per go. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, that’s domination.

Particular Groups: B

Stephen Gostkowski err, Mike Nugent had one other miss on the primary additional level of the day in what looks as if Groundhog Day. Nonetheless, Nugent recovered sufficiently and was high quality after that, hitting two chip shot area targets and the three additional factors. 

Jake Bailey had one other terrific sport and punted six instances, averaging 47.7yards per punt. Gunner Olszewski returned three punts for 49 yards. And almost got here away with a damaged on down the center of the sector. 

Coaches: B

The Patriots teaching employees made the changes they wanted to make offensively, the place Josh McDaniels schemed the working sport open. He additionally picked on the Washington linebackers within the passing sport, one thing we pointed to in our Razor’s Edge pregame matchups. Aside from that one play on protection, the Redskins have been unable to maneuver the ball in any respect. 

We’re on to the Giants and Thursday Night time Soccer, with the puke shade rush uniforms. The “Knockin’ on Seven’s Door” 2019 tour continues with the Patriots at 5-0. 

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