NE 34 – WAS 27

December 12, 2011

Game Recaps

In a game expected to be a blowout, the Redskins were able to hold their own, and at one point take the lead away from the super-productive Patriots.

With two of their best offensive players missing, the Redskins didn’t have much to work with against the Patriots, a 9-3 powerhouse that had only lost one game to the NFC East. Even before the game, things started off all wrong. Tackle Jammal Brown went down during warmups with a groin injury. As if the Redskins didn’t have enough issues with the offensive line. Fred Davis and Trent Williams are on a season ending suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

This loss places the Redskins at 4-9 on the season, and dead last in the NFC East.

Even though it’s a loss on the books, the Redskins may have payed well enough to beat almost any other team in the NFL. Almost. The Brady-Gronkowski matchup appeared to be too much for the Redskins’ secondary. Taking advantage of a missing LaRon Landry and poor coverage by linebackers, Gronkowski put up 160 yards and two touchdowns. Gronkowski took over the lead for most TD receptions in a season by a tight end.

The Redskins were not just going to lay down and give up a victory, though. A little trickery caught the Patriots’ secondary off guard. Rex Grossman handed off the ball to Roy Helu on a sweep to the right. Helu tossed the ball to Redskins’ kick/punt returner Brandon Banks, who appeared to be swarmed by the Patriots’ defense. That’s exactly what he wanted. Banks stopped and threw the ball downfield to a wide open Santana Moss. Moss was able to evade two defenders for a touchdown. FedEx field was ecstatic.

Until this game, Brady had thrown over 200 passes without an interception. Josh Wilson apparently didn’t like that, picking off Brady in the endzone on a would-be game ending touchdown.

Roy Helu had another outstanding day posting 126 yards on 27 carries. Even though he wasn’t able to get into the endzone, his effective running was able to keep the Redskins’ passing game alive. Rex Grossman didn’t look too terrible. He ‘only’ threw one interception (That was his fault), which was luckily called back due to a roughing the passer call.

Penalties in this game were, at times, a little bit ridiculous. Two of which were on critical plays for the Redskins. The first was on a 2nd and 4. Tom Brady scrambles to the Redskins’ 20 yard line for 3 yards. Brady entered his slide late, prompting London Fletcher to throw a huge hit on him. Flag. London was called for a forearm to Brady’s helmet. Clearly Fletcher was innocent, as the picture above will show (apparently he has a third forearm, and it’s invisible). This seemed to be a case of Brady taking advantage of his superstar status. The second was on a would-be tying touchdown for the Redskins late in the fourth quarter. Rex Grossman passes to an open Santana Moss in the endzone. Moss is able to catch the ball but is called for offensive pass interference. After watching, it seems more that Moss just put a good move on the guy… But whatever.

A loss in all, but a good loss in my opinion. I wanted this win so bad, but I am happy with the things I saw. I loved the Helu/Royster combination in the backfield. I liked that we could still be semi-productive in the passing game without Fred Davis. I definitely like the fact that this is one step closer to RGIII (Heisman Winner) or Andrew Luck. 🙂

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