After a hard-fought 16-10 win against the Bills, the Pats travel to Maryland to play the Washington Redskins. Last week, Tom Brady probably had one of his worst games in a while. However, a great defensive performance saved the win for New England on the road. Is it time to panic for the Pats offense? No, but if it continues into the next couple of weeks, it is a cause for concern. New England cannot rely on their defense all season as the meat of their schedule is right around the corner. Brady and Co. will figure it out like they always do but this week should be a good time to try some new things against a struggling Redskins team. Let’s get to know the Redskins and what to expect for Sunday.
I’m not going to sugarcoat to all of you; the Redskins are a bad football. With the current QB situation changing more than likely this week, the Patriots are at an advantage. One thing that isn’t going to help the Pats is Washington is going to wait till the last second to announce who their starter will be. Starting the season 0-4 is not ideal and many believe that Jay Gruden’s job is on the line if they lose this week but not everything is negative in Washington. The Redskins defense has forced 3 fumbles and 2 INT so far in 2019. This is one of not many bright spots for them as they are 31st in the league in stopping the run.
The Redskins are going to give everything they have in this game to defeat the defending champs. If you don’t remember, the last time these teams play each other in a regular-season game was in 2015 at Gillette Stadium. It was considered a “Trap” game for the Pats as they won 27-10. In that game, Dion Lewis tore his ACL and was out the remainder of the season. Of course, 4 years later a lot has changed but both teams have a lot of respect for each other and it should be a competitive matchup with the Patriots still not 100% Healthy.
Be sure to watch the game at 1 PM on CBS!
–Robert Marcello is a Staff Writer for Full Press Coverage and covers the New England Patriots. Follow him on Twitter @RobertMarcello5