Tom Brady and the New England Patriots continued their hot streak with a 27-10 victory over the Washington Redskins Sunday. The Patriots (8-0), the reigning NFL champions, remained undefeated as the season heads into Week 9.
The Redkins couldn’t capitalize on the barrage of injuries suffered by Patriots (see inactive list below) as they lost the plot within the first ten minutes of Sunday’s showdown (Watch video highlights). Barely ten minutes into the game, the score was already lopsided as Patriots had two early touchdowns courtesy of Julian Edelman and LeGarrette Blount.
Brady completed 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns, including a trademark 8-yard touchdown to Edelman on the opening drive. “We had a good drive early, had an opportunity to get on top and play from ahead,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after the convincing victory. “That was definitely helpful,” added Belichick.
Despite being held to a season-low in points, the Patriots took advantage of an onside kick and an interception to open up a huge 14-0 lead before the Redskins’ defensive could catch its breath. “I just felt like we never had the ball in the first quarter,” Washington coach Jay Gruden rued after the game. “I just never felt like we got in a rhythm.”
The Redskins (3-5) manged only one play all game: Kirk Cousins’ pass that bounced off Pierre Garcon and was intercepted by Logan Ryan. Cousins, who had 22 for 40 for 217 yards, hit Jordan Reed for a 3-yard touchdown with 25 seconds left in the second quarter. “Our guys are better than that,” said Cousins after the game. “It’s encouraging to know that today was more of a fluke than a norm.”
The Patriots will now travel to New York to face the Giants next Monday, while the Redskins return home to host the New Orleans Saints next Sunday night.