Redskins dominant in 23-6 win over Patriots

Redskins dominant in 23-6 win over Patriots
August 7, 2014, 10:00 pm
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Game Recap: The Redskins opened up their preseason with a 23-6 win over the New England Patriots in a contest that was entertaining for the 67,327 fans in attendance.

The Redskins moved the ball with all three of their quarterbacks. Robert Griffin III was in for one drive and led the Redskins to a field goal. Then Kirk Cousins took over and the second-team offense scored 10 points. Colt McCoy played the second half and he threw a touchdown pass and led a field goal drive.

The Washington defense was solid throughout. The Patriots’ biggest scoring threat came in the third quarter when they drove to the Redskins’ four yard line but Chase Minnifield batted down a fourth-down pass to preserve the shutout.

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The Redskins held a 13-0 lead at halftime. The first team offense played just the first possession. While the spotlight was on quarterback Robert Griffin III it was starting running back Alfred Morris who did most of the work. He carried five times for 27 yards, looking like the back who had over 2,800 yards rushing in his first two seasons. The drive stalled in the red zone and Kai Forbath booted a 39-yard field goal.

Kirk Cousins came in for the remainder of the second half. He had a very efficient day, completing 9 of 13 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. The TD come on a dart to Aldrick Robinson that the speedy receiver took in for a 10-yard touchdown. Zach Hocker later capped a nine-play, 47-yard drive with a 27-yard field goal with 36 seconds left in the first half.

The Washington defense got a break in that Tom Brady did not play and his backup, Ryan Mallett, is not nearly as sharp. Mallett completed five of 12 passes for 55 yards. Still, the Redskins played aggressive defense, sacking Mallett once and hurrying him a few other times. The Patriots ran 13 times for 37 yards in the first half.

With less than two minutes remaining in the game, Patriots third-string quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo connected with receiver Brian Tims for a touchdown that cost the Redskins defense a shutout. 

Key Moment: The Redskins led 20-0 when the Patriots made their deepest drive of the night, aided by a big pass interference flag on Minnifield. On fourth and goal at the four, Garoppolo scrambled and threw for Josh Boyce in the end zone. Minnifield got his hand on the ball and knocked it down to preserve the shutout.

Player of the Game: Let’s split this between two receivers who are fighting for a roster spot. Aldrick Robinson caught three passes for 45 yards with a touchdown and showed signs of maturing after three seasons with the organization. Rookie Ryan Grant caught three passes for 37 yards including a nice, diving catch in the red zone.

Injury Update: The Redskins suffered no reported injuries.

From the Locker Room: 

WR Aldrick Robinson: "When the starters are out, the coaches want to see if the game flow remains the same. They want to see depth, and that’s what I think we showed them tonight."

RB Roy Helu: "From first guys to fourth quarter, it was pretty impressive. I think our running game and the way we got off the line, I really liked that, really encouraged."

K Kai Forbath: "Not my best game, by far. First game, got the miss out of the way though. That’s how I look at it."

K Zach Hocker: "The hangtime was ok, the tackle was cool, but one touchback out of three kickoffs ain't going to cut it if I'm going to try to make this team."

FB Darrell Young: "Logan {Paulsen] stole my catch, you can write that, Logan stole my catch."