NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed
That one was really scary.
Still though, it was a win and this is a team heading into the last three games of the season at 10-3 hoping to seal up a first round bye. There are plenty of things you’ll see me complain about, but before we get into that, let’s be happy with the win.
-I’ve spent way too much time defending this Patriots pass defense/secondary. Today, the entire defense was pathetic. The Redskins were playing three backup offensive linemen today, and their only two starters at center and right guard are among the worst in the league. The Patriots were able to rush Grossman (2 sacks, 7 QB hits), but the secondary couldn’t do anything but leave WRs wide open and make costly mistakes.
-Patriots won the turnover battle with 2:1 and the penalty battle with 4-47:8:73.
-Dane Fletcher played a great game. He was really missed and should play a huge part in the Patriots playoff run as a 4th linebacker.
-Devin McCourty played his worst half of the season in the first half. He did a pretty good job of coming back in the second half with some good plays, but he can’t have another half like that.
-James Ihedigbo is terrible in coverage, I have no idea who should play the second safety position when Patrick Chung comes back. Maybe Matt Slater.
-Nick McDonald had a down game after last week. We saw some of Ryan Wendell at times. We also saw Marcus Cannon during plays where Nate Solder was lined up at TE.
-Gronk and Hernandez are two really fun players to watch. Gronk cannot be stopped and Hernandez makes the same move after every catch and no one seems to be able to do anything against it.
-Some terrible officiating today, at least it went both ways.
-Interesting to see the confrontation between Bill O’Brien and Tom Brady on the sideline, from what we saw, O’Brien seemed to flip a little more than he needed to.
-Pats are gonna need to run the ball more to win in the playoffs. Washington dominated the time of possession.
-This was the worst we’ve seen the Patriots run defense. Chung and Spikes should shore that up.
-I don’t know why Tiquan Underwood was in as the second wide receiver on Brady’s interception. I know Branch was hurt, but there’s no way Ochocinco is worse than Tiquan. That was a bad decision by Brady, but also a bad route by Underwood.
I’ll have more tomorrow in my six keys to victory column. The Patriots should have dominated the Redskins offense and couldn’t. This wasn’t garbage time they were letting up yards either. Every yard of this game counted and every play needs to be looked at by Belichick and his coaching staff.
A win is a win, but this one was ugly to say the least.