By the Numbers
1961 – Last season in which the Redskins had a game where they allowed 50 or more points.
34 – Number of first downs by the Patriots, a record for most first downs by a Redskins opponent.
5 – Number of times the Redskins have allowed 50 or more points in their history.
3 – Number of rushing touchdowns by Tom Brady before the Redskins’ game.
This time last year: 2-5
Stat worth noting: Tom Brady completed passes to eight different receivers, three of whom caught a touchdown pass.
Stat worth noting II: The Redskins had seven drives that lasted three plays or less; the Patriots had three drives lasting 13 plays or more.
Turning point: Um, should we be sarcastic and say the coin flip? It would be quite easy to do so given how this game unfolded. But we’ll take the less smart aleck approach and say it came on Washington’s second drive, after it trailed 7-0. The Redskins went three and out, failing to respond to the score.
Play to forget: How about almost every one of them? But we’ll take a Jason Campbell fumble in the second quarter. The Redskins already were trailing 17-0 when Mike Vrabel abused Mike Sellers and forced a fumble that led to New England’s final first-half touchdown.
…Washington held New England to seven first-quarter points, otherwise the Redskins might have allowed 70. The Patriots were even forced to punt on their second possession, an incredibly rare occurrence. The defense also performed well in a sudden change situation in the first half, holding New England to a field goal after a turnover at the Redskins’ 21.
…Defensive end Phillip Daniels had the lone defensive highlight and Andre Carter showed up for the one time all day on a second-quarter play. Daniels got the lone pressure on Tom Brady and stripped him of the ball. Carter pounced on the fumble downfield, setting the offense up in New England’s half of the field. Not that it eventually mattered.
…OK, really, did anything really go right for Washington? Let’s try to find something good, shall we? Seldom-used corner Leigh Torrence, a guy they really like in part because of his speed, was not the reason they played poorly on defense. Torrence filled in OK for injured Carlos Rogers.
…The defensive line did almost nothing, save for Daniels play, to make this a challenging game. The lack of a pass rush enabled Tom Brady to sit in the pocket and look for any and every available option, of which there were many. And the D-line did not help much against the run, rarely allowing the linebackers to run free.
…The Redskins acted as if they had never seen a blitz before, based on how the tight ends and backs handled their pick-up assignments. Mike Sellers was abused in protection and the backs weren’t much help. It’s no wonder Jason Campbell fumbled three times.
…The Redskins were already down one of their top three corners when Carlos Rogers exited with a first-quarter knee injury. It was hard enough going against this offense with him, it got even harder without him. The Redskins were forced to use Pierson Prioleau in the slot against Wes Welker at times and that was a speed mismatch.