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Week 5 Game Recap: New England Patriots 33, Washington Redskins 7


What you need to know

New England Patriots

-With Phillip Dorsett ruled out early with a hamstring injury, Jakobi Meyers likely steps into a role as the WR3 on the team. If Rex Burkhead is healthy, 2 RB sets may not be uncommon on passing downs

-The offensive line continues to be very up and down.

Washington Redskins

Washington should just hit the reset button and tank this season. Injuries are piling up on a roster that already isn't talented. Most weeks won't be as bad as playing the Patriots but it's apparent they can't keep up when other teams are simply more talented. In addition to that, it will be tough to shift the focus to player development because the fundamental structure of the team is so flawed. Fixes are needed on all levels.

New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 42 - 348 - 3 TD / 1 INT
While it wasn't all roses, Tom Brady was expectedly better against the Redskins than he was against the Bills. He tossed three touchdowns. His first was a shorter toss to Julian Edelman who simply beat zone coverage in the middle of the field. Nothing fancy about it, just a proper read of zone defense by Edelman. The second was a deep pass to Brandon Bolden of all people on a nice throw and catch. The third touchdown was an easy touchdown to Ryan Izzo, who was so wide open that you or I could†have celebrated our first NFL touchdown. There wasn't a defender within several yards of him and it was a play from the 10 yard line, so credit a good playcall and terrible defense. Things were slightly less rosy with Brady's second end zone interception in as many weeks, an absolutely wretched decision and throw off his back foot into coverage. No excuses for this one, it was bad. The other blemish for Brady was the number of sacks taken. While the offensive line certainly had its downs, Brady was holding onto the ball too long on a couple of the sacks, something you almost never see from him. Perhaps his mojo was off or he still needs time to gel with his new line, but it could be an issue against more formidable defenses.

RB Sony Michel, 38 offensive snaps, Rush: 16 - 91 - 1, Rec: 3 - 32 - 0 (3 targets)
This game had "Sony game" written all over it with the Pats being large favorites and Rex Burkhead sitting out. Michel responded with what was by far his best game of the season, getting decent gains on many carries and even working himself into the passing game with 3 catches. Michel was getting good blocking and still doesn't look "explosive", but the difference was his vision and patience, which were much better than his prior few weeks. His touchdown was a 14 yard score which was again a good display of vision and a nice cut outside. With that said, once Rex Burkhead is healthy, he will no doubt eat into some of Michel's carries, and not every game will be a coast to the finish.

RB James White, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 26 - 0, Rec: 6 - 46 - 0 (9 targets)
With Rex Burkhead inactive, White was the passing down running back, though Sony Michel did see a few surprising targets. He was targeted plenty on the day especially when Tom Brady faced pressure, though those targets didn't amount to much. Interestingly, White also had 6 rushes on the day, which isn't a mark he gets to all the time. That won't be a common theme every week especially once games get more competitive, but White is still a permanent fixture in the passing game.

WR Julian Edelman, 72 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 110 - 1 (9 targets)
It was only a matter of time before we saw Julian Edelman bust a big game, and bow howdy did he do it against the hapless Redskins defense. His touchdown was a classic case of zone coverage knowledge, as he simply found a soft spot in the middle of a short field. His biggest gain on the day was a slant to the inside in 1 on 1 coverage, where he simply beat his defender on his route and had good run after the catch. Edelman also drew a deep pass interference call that helped set up the Patriots deep in Washington territory, which doesn't show up in the box score. Other than that, when Brady had time to throw, Edelman was often open, and will likely continue to be the #1 option for the offense.

WR Josh Gordon, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 59 - 0 (8 targets)
Though Gordon was certainly involved against the Redskins, he only made one play of real note. On the play, Gordon caught a pass and stiff armed a defender into oblivion, running for additional yards after the catch. It highlighted that this year beyond a couple superhuman catches, the Pats have been using Gordon for YAC throws and letting him go to work with his physicality.

TE Ryan Izzo, 20 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 39 - 1 (2 targets)
Izzo caught a touchdown pass and will see snaps with the release of Ben Watson, but he shouldn't be on anyone's fantasy radar.


Washington Redskins

QB Colt McCoy, 59 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 27 - 119 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 14 - 0
Colt McCoy got the start today for Washington and his performance was a mixed bag of miscues, misfires, and poor decision-making. He didn't get much help in this game as from his supporting cast in this game as virtually nobody could win a matchup. He didn't throw a touchdown in this game and none of their drives exceeded six plays. Colt had trouble holding onto the football, but he only had one turnover on a awful interception. He managed to throw twenty-seven passes, but the total yardage didn't even reach two hundred. Being behind on downs and working with below average options made this an uphill battle all day for the backup quarterback.

RB Chris Thompson, 32 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 21 - 0, Rec: 5 - 17 - 0 (7 targets)
Chris Thompson had a total of nine touches in this game with four of them coming on the ground. He was held in check as his touches accumulated a total of forty yards. As drives stalled and they were behind on downs, the Patriots keyed on him and didn't allow for ay conversions. It was difficult to find success behind an O-line that was being beat at the point of attack all game as well.

RB Adrian Peterson, 16 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 18 - 0
drian Peterson was a victim of negative game script once again versus New England. The Redskins held onto a brief lead early but couldn't establish the run. Therefore, once the lead started to swell it slowly eliminated the opportunity to get Adrian going. He had a total of seven carries and had a big gain called back due to penalty. As a one-dimensional weapon, Adrian is finding himself in the predicament quite often with Washington.

WR Terry McLaurin, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 51 - 0 (7 targets)
Terry McLaurin lead the team in total yardage and tied for the lead in targets with seven. Terry only managed to catch three of his targets as he came down with a couple of chunk gains. Patriots made sure not to let him get deep and with the shaky protection upfront he wasn't able to shake free on scramble plays. He is an explosive receiver as you can see even a limited duty.

WR Trey Quinn, 45 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 15 - 0 (4 targets)
Quinn did not make an impact in this game as he tallied three receptions for fifteen yards. He lost a fumble as well but his overall contribution wasn't felt for Washington's offense

WR Steven Sims, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 65 - 1, Rec: 2 - 1 - 0 (3 targets)
Steven Sims scored the only touchdown of the game for Washington as he took a sweep sixty-five yards. He didn't make an impact beyond his splash play. However, Steven seemingly has big play ability and it might be wise for the Redskins to give him more opportunities moving forward.

WR Paul Richardson, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (2 targets)
Paul Richardson was invisible in this game as he had two receptions for fourteen yards. With the offense often having short possessions, he was held in check. He had almost no opportunity to establish a rhythm as a possession receiver.

WR Kelvin Harmon, 6 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 4 - 0 (1 targets)
Kelvin Harmon had one target on the day. He was not a factor for Washington's offense.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle, 27 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 17 - 0 (3 targets)
Jeremy Sprinkle had two catches on three targets but made minimal impact. He is the third string tight end and usually isn't a weekly contributor.