A blow-by-blow breakdown of the Redskins' 2018 debut vs. the Patriots


FOXBOROUGH, MA— The Redskins raced out to a 17-3 lead over the Patriots in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL preseason.

The Patriots ultimately won 26-17.

Here are my as-they-happened observations from the Redskins’ preseason loss to New England.

First Quarter: Redskins 10, Patriots 0

—No starters on the field for the Redskins unless you think that Rob Kelley will be the starter on September 9. Colt McCoy was the quarterback, Kelly at running back, Elijah Wellman at FB, the offensive line left to right was Ty Nsekhe, Tyler Catalina, Tony Bergstrom, Kyle Kalis, and Geron Christian, wide receivers were Maurice Harris and Robert Davis, and the tight end was Jeremy Sprinkle.   

—A 20 yard third-down pass from McCoy to Davis got the Redskins moving down to the 20. McCoy got good protection on the slow-developing play and Davis caught it going full speed over the middle.

— On third and 11 from the 25, McCoy bought some time by rolling a little to his right and finding Byron Marshall, who was matched up against a linebacker, open around the 15. A burst of speed got Marshall into the end zone and the Redskins led 7-0 with 6:33 left in the first quarter.

—Matt Ioannidis got a sack of Brian Hoyer. Actually, it was a coverage sack as Hoyer couldn’t find anywhere to throw. But Ioannidis kept fighting and took a good swipe at the ball before bringing Hoyer down.

—Derrius Guice had a 34-yard run off the left side negated by a penalty on Wellman. He showed good patience and acceleration as he went down the left side before being chased down. He ended up tweaking his left knee and he was evaluated on the sideline. He was seen walking around later.

—The Redskins managed to overcome that and another penalty to drive into range for Dustin Hopkins to kick a 52-yard field goal and the first quarter ended with the Redskins up 10-0.

Second Quarter: Redskins 17, Patriots 3

— Samaje Perine in the game, on the second play he carries for 14 yards. Hole over right guard, cut to the right, good gain. A few plays later another nice run called back via a borderline holding penalty on Kyle Kalis. Later in the drive he lost the handle on the ball but a borderline forward progress whistle negated the play.

—Cam Sims made his second catch of the game, this one for 57 yards down to the Patriots’ two-yard line. Got behind the defense, stayed in bounds and shed a couple of tackles. Two plays later McCoy rolled left and found Harris just over the goal line for the touchdown. The score was reviewed to see if he had both feet inbounds and it was upheld. Good grab by Harris.

—With four and a half minutes left in the first half, McCoy has a 143.1 passer rating.

—Ioannidis suffered a left knee injury, he is being evaluated. He got his leg caught in a pile. After being on the field for a few minutes he walked off very slowly under his own power.

—The Patriots take advantage of a way-too-soft zone and drive 56 yards in four plays to get into position for a field goal that gets them on the board.

Third Quarter: Redskins 17, Patriots 10

—Things are getting sloppy for the Redskins and that’s perhaps to be expected with the third team in. They have given up back-to-back scores on defense with some shoddy zone defense and then a long touchdown drive and it was 17-10. One penalty on the ensuing kickoff and another on the offense turned the next drive into a sloppy failure.

Fourth Quarter: Patriots 26, Redskins 17

—The play remains sloppy for the Redskins. Kenny Ladler had a chance to knock a third-down pass away from the receiver, but he couldn’t do it. It was the same scenario a couple of plays later when Danny Johnson got a hand on the ball but couldn’t knock it to the ground and the Patriots got another 15 yards.

—That eventually led to a touchdown that cut the Washington lead to 17-16. Bill Belichick decided to go for two and it was good and New England took its first lead at 18-17 with 9:05 left to play.

—More bad play. A nice gain on a pass to Wellman gets negated by an illegal peel back block on Simmie Cobbs. Then Hogan throws two incompletions and the Redskins are punting.

—The Redskins did something right with about five minutes left. Kenny Ladler hit the runner low, Tim Settle hit him high and the ball came out. Settle recovered and the Redskins had the ball at the New England 41.

—But a false start set them back and on third down Hogan never really had a chance as he was sacked and fumbled. Geneo Grissom scooped it up and rolled 53 yards to the one. Two plays later the Patriots scored, and the meaningless outcome was no longer in doubt.

—Dustin Hopkins had plenty of distance on a 56-yard field goal try but it hit off of the left upright.

 

 

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